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Interesting Plants Today

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Albuca namaquensis

The first sprouts of my new Albuca.

Albuca

Albuca

Senecio articulatus

And the first leaves of my Senecio articulatus

Senecio

Kalanchoe fang Cuttings with New Growth

Kalanchoe_fang

Variegated Agave

Last week I cleaned up the insect infestation on the little agave. I left the plant sitting on the floor just inside the greenhouse. Today I found that someone had taken a bite.

Crazy, since I recently found out that I am allergic to agave. Still have a rash on my arm from contact. How is it possible that an animal could eat it?

Agave Variegated

Brachychiton

2018 March–Brachychiton Pods Found in Home Depot Parking Lot

Brachychiton Pod

2018 April–Planted Brachychiton Seed

2020 October The Largest of the Trees

Brachychiton Tree


Rhipsalis pilocarpa (Hairy Stemmed)

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Cuttings for Propagation 2020 October 26

Rhipsalis Cuttings

World of Succulents–Rhipsalis pilocarpa

Royal Horticultural Society–Rhipsalis pilocarpa


Insect Infestation of a Variegated Agave

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

This morning I noticed that my little variegated agave had some yellowing sections. I first thought it might be the result of too much sun, not enough water, or maybe both.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

On closer inspection I found an insect infestation.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

I used a solution of water, alcohol, and Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap to remove the insects with cotton swabs.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

The agave was placed in a sheltered space in the greenhouse away from other plants.

How did I miss the start of the insect infestation? I have not been venturing out much because of COVID and the lousy air quality from the California wildfires. Not able to care properly for my gardens.

It is not unexpected to have insects, especially spider mites, in my gardens. We haven’t had rain for months. I did miss seasons and those all day rains that can occur in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

Agaves Allergic Reaction
Last week I began striping fiber from a dried agave leaf for possible use in a piece. What I found was the fiber was really too thin and that I am allergic to agave. I still have red welts on my arm. Today I tried to wear gloves when working on the little variegated agave, but it was too difficult to access small spaces. After I finished work, I washed my hands throughly several times. So far, no symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Agave Dermatitis UCLA Health


Thistle

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle


Oakleaf Hydrangea and Knotweed

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) and Pinkhead Knotweed (Persicaria capitata).

“Hydrangea


Drimiopsis

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Last night I noticed my Drimiopsis was looking a bit droopy. *I suspect I accidentally watered it.

“Moisture

Considering the normal habitat, probably too much moisture.

There was a new leaf in mid August.
Drimiopsis New Leaf

That leaf felt like the plant had been over watered. I removed the new leaf to prevent the possibility of rot.

Last night I removed the plant from its terra cotta pot and wrapped the roots in soft tissue.

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The roots were not near the bottom of the pot, but pretty sure too much moisture is the problem.

*I have the plants without saucers on wire racks. For some reason I had moved the Drimiopsis to one of the second shelves.

“Studio

Studio Plant Shelves photo taken 26 July 2020

Thinking maybe there was drainage from a plant above.

The possible good news is the bulb is still firm.

“Drimiopsis”

Drimiopsis 17 July 2020 shortly after its arrival and potting.

Plants of the World Online | Kew Science


African Violet

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

African Violet

African Violet

African Violet

The last time it bloomed was in November of 2019, so a bit early.


Morning Glories

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Morning Glories


Oak Tree Litter and Eaten Pine Cone

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Acorn

Pine Cone

Pine Cone


Bromeliad Flowers

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

This is one of the Bromeliads that I moved in June from a too sunny location in the courtyard to its new garden space under Brugmansia.

Bromeliad Flowers

Attempted to remove the leaf litter from the Bromeliad. It doesn’t just look sharp, it is sharp! I didn’t have tweezers at the ready.

Bromeliad Flowers