Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

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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 3

You know you can find a garden in the most unlikely of places. A friend of mine dabbles with gardening and although he takes a completely different approach to it then myself, he ends up with some beautiful results. A busy guy by nature, he spends much of his time following electronic music, longboarding, snowboarding and chasing women. All of these ambitions mixed with a fulltime + job leads to very little time for one’s garden. Sometime’s his container garden gets a bit crispy in the summer, and yet some things just thrive. A perfect example of this is his sempervivum pots.

Incredible to say the least, he’s got a good collection of different varieties and they always look extremely healthy. Here is a plant that thrives in dry conditions, sometimes my garden is a bit too lush and semps don’t enjoy wet feet. He sent me this photo the other day and I thought it worthy to put up here.
If you want a low maintenance garden pot, try out sempervivums, fool proof and awesome!


It’s officially hit, we started to lower fuchsia baskets today, only 800 this weekend, bagging, tagging, racking and wrapping. No. Big Deal.

Overtime Season: Day 2

Proven Winner’s Tiger Stripe Gazania’s – The perfect flat, all in flower.

The flowers open and close with the sun and would do best in a well drained position, preferably south facing where it gets cooked all day. Although these plants are certainly drought tolerant do make sure they are established before you leave them to a world of neglect.¬† Gazania’s are incredible plants and I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple over winter in my garden here and there. The intensity of their flowers is unmatched by any other annual in our 2″ basket stuffer lineup. This flat was breath taking to say the least. The variegated leaves are a nice touch on this Proven Winner variety.

Wow, It’s been absolutely beautiful lately, I think we’re finally saying goodbye to winter. Work is totally insane, orders are piling up, and the undeniable overtime season is upon us. I worked 10.5 hours today, took a long relaxing gaze at my garden after work, and soaked up the simplistic beauty that spring has to offer. The maple leaves are opening, and the horse chestnut in front of my house is a cloud of green. It’s been pretty damp this spring so the whole street is glowing lushness, it’s a feast for the eyes to say the least.

I’ve mentioned this before, but spring is busy, and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Looking for a roommate, birthdays, overtime, girlfriend, my neglected friends and family, GARDENING, oh I sigh as I sip another coffee. I might as well be a humming bird with all the caffeine I indulge in lately, how else can I inspire such a keener sense of energy. I digress

I love blogging and sharing my garden finds with all of you great plant geeks, but this time of year is definitely a challenge to keep up. I’ve been snapping lots of photos, but it takes time to organize them into a decent article. Regardless, for the busy month of May, I have decided that instead of neglecting the blog due to lack of time I will post photos of the day. There is so much going on in the garden right now and there’s some real mind blowing shots to be had. In these busy moments, perhaps we can settle on some nice plant eye candy.

We shall talk soon. Hope your garden is looking as good as mine, SPRING IS HERE!

Plant photo of the day

Certainly my favorite echeveria style succulent in my collection. It has such bizarre colors, I took this photo in the twilight this evening. Someone told me it might be Graptopetalum, but I still can’t get a solid id on it, any help?

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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