Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Aloe juvenna blooms

The succulents in the pop-up greenhouse have been quite happy this winter.  Since it has been a mild winter, temperatures in the greenhouse have often soared to 80-90 degrees - and the heater has been on only rarely (to prevent it from dropping below 40 degrees).  Many of the succulents are in the process of developing blooms.

This is the first time my Aloe juvenna has ever bloomed  and presently has the best flowers of the bunch.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mild Winter

You know you're having a mild winter when you can pull off some damaged leaves from a Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) in November, cast them into your garden to decompose and then, come late February, discover that one leaf has managed to sprout and grow almost six inches.

Didn't even know that Snake Plant would sprout like this.  That's the original castaway portion laying along the ground in the back right of the picture.  I may have to see what I can produce next fall by trying this is some pots and keeping them out of the cold (though that hasn't been a problem this year!)

Planted in Ground:

  • Wall Iris (Iris tectorum): Have been hanging on to two of them in nursery pots since last spring; finally decided to drop them down between the twin waterfalls.
  • Little White Soldiers (Drimiopsis maculata): Finally planted this pass-along from Philip (East Side Patch) that I received way back before winter - this plant was on my Gotta Get List, so hoping it does well.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Flower Power: GBBD February 2012

Established Plants

Variegated Abutilons (Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii')

 Gopher Plant (Euphorbia rigida)


Viola sp.

Pansies (Viola tricolor)

Flower Wannabes

Ornamental Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

  Nandina (Nandina domestica)

 Dwarf Buford Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana')

 Possumhaw (Ilex decidua)

Indoor Plants 

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis sp.)