November 2011

Reader Photos30 Nov 2011 01:53 pm

From Rachel

News30 Nov 2011 12:44 pm

I always love cat-on-a-cactus videos. LOLCats should have a section just for these remarkably entertaining videos of cats on cactus. Now this is an especially valuable cat-on-a-cactus video since it’s a rare black cat.

News30 Nov 2011 10:42 am

Horticulture Week Magazine has featured Aeonium “Atropurpureum”. I suppose that makes it their Plant of the Week.

Whenever I talk to gardening groups or friends people never fail to mention how much they admire the ornamental value of Aeoniums. They belong to the family Crassulaceae, the genus contains about thirty species. These plants are a succulent with woody stems from the Canary Islands, Madeira, and North Africa.

Over the last three years I have really enjoyed propagating these plants from stem cuttings. I have tried propagating from leaf cuttings by nipping off the succulent leaves and simply inserting them into a John Innes number 1 compost, waiting for the leaves to take root. My brief trial at this stage has not yet been successful , but I will return to that method trying various techniques, temperatures, and growing mediums. It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has had success using this method.

I can assure you that we never grow these from leaf cuttings. It’s never worked for us even when a leaf has some aerial roots started. Stem-cuttings rule.

Here’s a sad picture of the Aeonium parent plant in question from Hort Week.

It’s a beautiful plant, just a sad picture.

Photography30 Nov 2011 06:56 am

The mini Phalaenopsises are getting smaller every year. Tiny pots. But lots of blooms.

Blogs29 Nov 2011 03:06 pm

My day has just been one busy thing or other after another. Especially today, always today. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t outsource all my blogging today. Tomorrow is another story.

Here’s Candy Sweetstuff’s recent trip to the Huntington. A lot of pictures got blogged. I especially like the Abromeltiella. So big!

Blogs29 Nov 2011 01:21 pm

If you’ve ever wanted to grow Lithops from seed then you really should be following along as Lithops Stories grows Lithops from seeds.

Here’s an update, and the Lithops seedlings are looking awesome.

Blogs29 Nov 2011 11:57 am

I find the links, you click the links. See how it works?

Plantgasm has been planting succulents into pirate heads.

Here’s a photo I borrowed of the pouring of the soil into the pirate heads. Click through for the rest of the photos, including the finished Succulent Pirate Heads.

Blogs29 Nov 2011 09:33 am

I must be doing something very important today that I feel the need to outsource my blogging all day.

Here, have another link. Water When Dry has a beautiful branched Aloe ramosissima just recently planted.

Blogs29 Nov 2011 06:53 am

I’m outsourcing my blogging today.

Here’s a link for you to go visit. Andrew would like help identifying a potential Aloe purchase, although the consensus is it’s an A. “Carmine”.

Misc28 Nov 2011 12:55 pm

Back in the summer the Echinocereus did bloom.


Quotes28 Nov 2011 10:06 am

“Neither reasonable, nor fair, nor adequate, nor in the public interest.” Federal court judge Jed Rakoff on a proposed Citibank settlement.

Judges can make things really clear!

Photography28 Nov 2011 06:41 am

Misc27 Nov 2011 02:29 pm

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Nursery26 Nov 2011 10:20 am

The sun is out. The gnomes are out.


Photography25 Nov 2011 03:55 pm

Late afternoon sun in the winter is different than the sun any other time of the year. Look, see what I mean?

Faucaria felina

Deeper shadows, darker colors, yellower hues, with bright edges as the sun spews across the tips of the plant.

Whippets25 Nov 2011 01:45 pm

Thanksgiving morning.

Photography25 Nov 2011 10:57 am

The blooms are almost open.

I predict the first hummingbirds will find open blooms by next Tuesday.


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