Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

It’s Flowering!

While checking on the downstairs plant lab the other day I noticed my Streptocarpus had started to flower. It’s an unlikely time of year for exotic blooms but I suppose it’s loving life under my new grow light setup. Native to South Africa, Streptocarpus is a relative to African Violets. I’m somewhat new to this genus of plants but so far it’s proven to be a tough, easy to grow specimen. The flowers are out of this world vibrant, almost iridescent.

A nice plant indeed. If anyone might know the species please get in touch.


There is no shortage of beautiful volunteer sunflowers all over my garden, for the most part I let them grow where they sprout, at varying sizes.


A yearly favorite, 12 foot sunflower loom overhead.


Leonotis (Wild Dagga)


Bulbine frutescens – they open and close with the daylight.


Fuchsia boliviana — Red Bolivian Fuchsia. Added bonus they produce a tasty fruit similar to a grape.


Rose amongst a tree lupin. Perfect!


Hibiscus tree is starting to flower again. Excellent!


Rhodochiton atrosanguineum, so strange.


Abutilon pictum Thompsonii (Varigated Flowering Maple)


White Guara flowers all August


Alcea ‘Peaches and Dreams. This is it’s second year and it’s really gone overboard. Fighting for the tallest thing in my garden, this hollyhock is neck and neck with my jerusalem artichoke. 12+ feet and counting. Non stop blooms, like a slow motion firework.


Simply Amazing…


The very first cyclamen flower of the season. Just when you start to miss them again, they appear.


Chilean Glory Vine – Eccremocarpus scaber


Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’ – a late flowering minature thalictrum!


Anigozanthos flavidus (Kangaroo Paw)


Impatiens Congo Cockatoo


Orange Daylily, perhaps Hemerocallis ‘Kwanso’. The last bloom on the stalk…


Echeveria glauca


One of many different shades of gladiolus

I hope this satisfies your need for plant eye candy.. Months of work put into a 35 second photo spread. Calms the mind, feeds the soul.

The Puya mirabilis that began flowering last Sunday is already on it’s last bloom. While three posts seems a bit overkill on the subject I still feel it’s worth documenting as it’s display of blooms seems a rare occurrence up north. Although these flowers were somewhat subtle in their attraction, each flower lasting no more then 30hrs once open, the experience was worthwhile. The short amount of time adds to it’s obsurity and encourages one to  “stop and smell the roses” and appreciate the show on display.

“PUYA MIRABILIS IN TOWN FOR 1 WEEK ONLY, VICTORIA B.C.”

These plants will be the end of me, but for now, MORE PHOTOS!

Excited to try my hand at growing puya from fresh seeds. More plant science to come.

As luck has had it, the Puya mirabilis that I found yesterday bloomed it’s very first day in the back grotto. The timing is uncanny and it seems like a gift to a rather impatient person. This plant has won me over, what unusual green blooms it has. Simply Amazing!

Non stop summer blooms just when spring starts to burn out. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ attracts hummingbirds, needs very little maintenance, and has a long flowering period. Tolerant of mild shade, but thrives in sun. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer will multiply and self seed and become more amazing every season. A must have.


Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
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