Stupid Garden Plants

Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

It’s been an exceptionally busy season at the greenhouse this year.  The climate in Victoria has been really favorable the last couple of years. For the first time in recent memory Victoria didn’t even get an inch of snow this winter. A great season for echium seedlings and growing subtropical plants like it’s no big deal.  I’ve been really loving the views as of late, living at the greenhouse from sunrise until sunset for the past 12 weeks, wave after wave of incredible plants it’s so awe inspiring. Although I have tempered my plant hoarding (no more than 12000 specimens I assure you) it’s really satisfying to see some of my plants reach maturity.

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Beautiful scarlet drooping flowers of Podophyllum Spotty Dotty. I’ve had this plant for four years and this is the first time it’s flowered for me. Stunning.

Osteospermum
Self sown Osteospermum Spider White amongst Impatiens omeiana.

agave attenuata
Podophyllum hexandrum & Agave attenuate.

Osteospermum Blue Eyed Blond
Osteospermum Blue Eye Blond

Urban Jungle
The urban Jungle come to life.

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Surely the nicest week we’ve had yet. I’ve worn shorts comfortably for the past few days, the sun flashing hot heat upon all of us greenhouse minions. It’s a blessed time to be working outside and I’m loving every minute of it. The greenhouses are almost filled to capacity and it’s incredible being surrounded by so much plant life.

greenhouse

I was touring my garden at twilight like I often do and had a few moments to snap some shots.

tulipa tarda
Tulipa tarda poking up amongst a Primula marginata. Botanical tulips have such a classical beauty.

podophyllum spotty dotty
This is the nicest my Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ has ever looked, Rich mottled foliage, multiple leaves, this plant is truly living art. What’s better buds have appeared on the two specimens in my collection which is a first for me. Must have enjoyed our mild winter.

Dicentra cucullaria
Dicentra cucullaria, a rare Bleeding Heart species.

Another beautiful day in Victoria B.C.

Until next time.

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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.