Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Succulent Flowers Today

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Succulent Flowers

Succulent Flowers

Succulent Flowers


Everything Loves Brugs

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Often the first clue is leaf damage.

Brug Leaf Damage

Some insects are so camouflaged it can be difficult to see them. Even when they are quite large.
Wormy Guy


Datura Progress

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Harvested seed planted in a flat March 14, 2021.

Normal Leaf Appearance

Datura Leaf Scale

Datura Leaf Scale

Abnormal Leaf Appearance

Datura Leaf Damage

Datura Leaf Damage

Damaged, but still very beautiful.

Datura Flower

The plants have a pungent odor; the flowers have a delicious fragrance.
Datura Flower

Datura Developing Seedpod

Eventually the seedpod will become sharp enough to wound hands.

Datura Seedpod


Nigella damascena

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Love-in-a-Mist ‘Compact Red’

Nigella

Nigella

I purchased the seed from Select Seeds.


Romneya–Matilija poppy

Monday, July 19th, 2021

It is common to see large Romneya growing between fields and roadways on the California Central Coast.

I purchased a 1-gallon Romneya plant. Popped it in the garden; it died. Purchased a second plant. Same thing happened.

After purchasing chicken grit for a soilless mix to transplant succulents, noticed a large Romneya growing near the parking lot, behind an office building. It clearly wasn’t cared for. Trash all around it and definitely multiple years of growth.

Snagged several seedpods with the hope of germination.

Romneya Seedpods

Romneya Seedpod Pair

The plan will be to soak the seed in Super Smoke Plus.I used the product when I was growing protea.

Cape Seed Primer

This is a fun shot of one of the seedpods. Looks sculptural.

Romneya Standing Seedpod

Haven’t decided when I will start the process. The seedpods are so beautiful, I am feeling a bit hesitant to crack them open.

Romneya at Calscape.org

Romneya at Wikipedia


Surprise Find

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Last night I cleared the spent Evening Primrose from a patch of garden. I found this–

Surprise Buds

The succulent is about to bloom for the first time.

Surprise Buds


Passiflora and Datura

Friday, July 16th, 2021

Passiflora

Passiflora

Datura Tonight

Datura

Datura


Common Swallowtail

Friday, July 16th, 2021

How can something so beautiful be common?

The Swallowtail visited one of my potted milkweed.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Papilio zelicaon
Wikipedia–Anise Swallowtail

Images of the Lifecycle of the Anise Swallowtail


Morning Glory

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Morning Glory


Sansevieria Flowers in Garden

Monday, July 12th, 2021

This is an unkempt section of the courtyard. There are several inches of oak and pine litter that I haven’t had the energy to clean up.

Sansevieria Fireplace

Inside the ‘fireplace’ there are several starts of Trapped Cactus, Sansevieria, and miscellaneous other plants.

Left to their own devices three Sansevieria have flower stems.

Sansevieria Buds

Sansevieria Flowers

Sansevieria Flowers

Not a single Sansevieria potted up inside and cared for, is blooming. Perhaps a plant can be given too much care?