Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

As I look out my window into my garden everything seems pretty dead. Where only a few months ago a sub tropical wonderland existed, a barren “dead” zone has taken it’s place. Or has it? A closer inspection reveals a variety of plants coming to life, things are still happening, surprisingly. Now that December has come and gone, spring is on it’s way. Regardless of the freezing temperates, the plants in the back are getting ready for their next years display. I got inspired the other day and went camera crazy, here’s what’s happening in my garden January 2011.

Despite sub freezing temperates the hellebores (winter rose) are blooming happily.

(Below) I’ve had this hellebore for over a year now and it’s still quite tiny, regardless it developed this small flower. So far it the only black bloom in my garden. It doesn’t exactly pop out at first glace, but with a closer investigation it’s a pretty neat addition to the garden.

Another winter flowering specimen, “Glacier Blue” euphorbia is also in bloom at this unlikely time of year.

“Wulfenii” euphorbia

“Tasmanian Tiger” euphorbia in bloom

My first attempt at growing Fox Tailed Lilies (Eremurus). Not exactly an exciting picture but I was happy to see these pop up as I’ve read they’re prone to rot if they aren’t planted in well draining soil. The dormant plant cost my something like 10-13 bucks so it would be a shame to have lost it to the elements.

It seems as the winter days continue on the patterns on these cyclamen leaves only get more intense. This plant is a real winner, beautiful flowers, amazing leaves, winter interest!

You know spring is on it’s way when the daffodils decide to poke their head up. I love this photograph!

Last but not least I thought it fitting to include a photograph of this lewisia “cotyledon” which seems completely unscathed by winter. Awesome!

2 Responses to January Garden Highlights

  • The Victoria Gardener says:

    Everyone seems to think hellebores need shade, but this is a myth. Hellebores do just fine in full sun, in fact they thrive. The majority of hellebores flower in early spring when the sun is still quite weak. We’ve left our hellebores at the greenhouse on a hot dry bed almost all summer with no shade and they seem to do just fine. If you’re worried about them getting scorched consider growing some Iris around them for shade. They won’t interfere with their spring blooming and come summer the Iris’s will take the full stage. Just a thought :)

  • Jenn says:

    Beautiful pictures! I am in love with hellebores. I just bought two recently, my only problem is where to put them? I am a full sun kinda garden so they are hanging out in pots on my front steps.

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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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