Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

Hello dear plant people. I hope the growing season has treated you well. Since we’ve last spoke we’ve sailed through winter, frenzied through spring and here we find ourselves in the midst of summer (The crocosmia are now in bloom). ┬áMy life has been a true fury of activity. With our new baby and a predominately sunny spring I have been one busy boy. My garden is lush, a million echium seedlings are popping up everywhere. I’ve really been enjoying how established everything is. The progress from spring to summer is like slow motion fireworks. With all the new changes going on in life one could say I’m a bit distracted.

The greenhouses at work are looking incredible, I’m constantly humbled by the beauty I’m surrounded by daily. I’ve felt very dedicated this year, it’s been satisfying to find homes for so many great plants. Fields of bacopa. Basket lines of fuchsias. Thousands of succulent planters and sedums galore. Petunias, nemesia, liatris and lavendula. Erysimum, dianthus and marigolds and more. It’s an odd thing working at a plant factory day in and day out. To have touched seemingly millions of plants over the years I sometimes look at local gardens and think, have we met before?

A brief montage and highlights of the season thus far.

January fuchsia baskets.
A field of fuchsia baskets January 2014

Primulas
February Polyanthus.

Spring bedding feb
February freshly planted spring bedding.

Armeria
March Armeria juniperifolia flowering.

lavendula fields
March Lavendula fields.

Hardy violas
Hardy Violas.

Lush salad greens.
Springtime salad greens

the cactus collection
The cactus collection persists.

gymnocalycium
First cactus bloom of the season; gymnocalycium.

cactus
Still cactus crazy.

haworthia heaven
Haworthia heaven!

gazinea
Gazinea galore.

sunflower field
An army of sunflowers.

Tetrapanax
Tetrapanax selfie.

Tetrapanax
Ok. One more.

propagation
My finest propagation yet.

man of the woods
Man of the woods.

Will try to not be so absent. Rest assured the botany continues. Just put in a new order to mesa gardens. Fresh succulents here we go.

Until next time. Wishing you lush gardens and sublime evenings.

7 Responses to Watching things grow.

  • jake says:

    Congrat’s!!! What a cute little guy. Good to see you are back to the blog…a highlight whenever there is a new post.

    Cheers from Calgary,
    Jake

  • bob archer says:

    Cheers Nat,That one Fungus at the base of the tree looks like HomoSapienensis”{horrorbillis nana}.

  • Keri says:

    Hi! I contacted you through your facebook page, I’m having a lot of trouble with finding houseplants that will survive my northfacing window so I sent you a facebook message. I think it went into your “other box”, as facebook calls it. Really looking for your wisdom!

  • Just discovered your blog. Absolutely wonderful! Interested to see in an earlier post that you grow Matthiola Arborescens. We have grown & sold it for some years now but it remains a real rarity, certainly here in the UK. Also noted your post on Isoplexis Canariensis – we have a lovely crop of it just now but no idea if anyone will wish to buy any!

  • HB says:

    I guess a baby is an acceptable excuse. They change your life, did anyone tell you that? You wouldn’t have any more echium pictures at all, would you?

  • Peter/Outlaw says:

    Glad to hear that all is well! Welcome back to the blogosphere! Your newest propagation is adorable! The first picture of him makes it look like you were out hiking and found him in the moss – a new twist on the cabbage patch story. Congratulations on your find; you never know what you’ll see in the woods!

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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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