Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

Plant Photo Of The Day

Overtime Season Day 8: If ever see another marigold again I think I might be sick.

For the longest time orchids intimidated me. Perhaps it was their exotic look, seemingly unusual growth habit, or the fact that the majority of them have a $35.00 price tag and up. Contrary to popular belief orchids are extremely easy plants to grow. Having your orchid survive for years on end seems impossible to some but with a little research success can be yours. I bought this Phalaenopsis hybrid at Garden Works in the off season for the awesome price of $10.00. It was out of flower at the time and looked rather uninteresting, still I knew it had some hidden beauty. Nearly 3 months later it rewarded me with these incredible blooms. In the end I think it was almost more exciting  to buy this orchid out of flower, as I didn’t know what to expect. Sure enough, with a little patience I was rewarded for my efforts. Amazing!

Overtime Season: Day 7 – Two 11 hr shifts in a row, No. Big. Deal.

I know slugs are supposed to be a gardeners worst enemy, but they’ve never bothered me much. Slugs are the least of our pest problems at the greenhouse, and I rarely see damage caused by these small mollusk visitors. I do on occasion find them sleeping under flats, eying up tasty foliage or otherwise looming about. Still their impact on our crops is minimal and given the chance I try to relocate them to somewhere safe and out of the way. It doesn’t seem fair to squish them on sight, most of the time they’re lounging about looking quite relaxed. Here’s is what I believe to be a European black slug lounging about a sisyrinchium leaf. He doesn’t look so mean does he?

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.