Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

I love collecting plants, it’s a lot of fun seeking out new varieties of strange and unusual plants. It’s like painting with life, it’s a preservation and observation of plants doing their thing. Botanical gardens have always interested me and perhaps one day I’ll be fortunate enough to be involved in such a project. For the moment I will continue to increase my stock to unmanageable levels. All in the pursuit of understanding the plant world a little better, and sharing in it’s daily beauty and progression.

Here I’m going to attempt to slowly inventory my collection. I have 100′s of plants at the moment and getting it all on paper won’t happen over night. As I think of them I will add them here. Yes, I think that will work.

Garden Plants
Achillea “Moonshine” (Yarrow)
Acanthus mollis ‘Tasmanian Angel’ – Terra Nova Hybrid
Acanthus spinosus (1)
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’
Alcea Peaches N Dreams (hollyhock)
Alchemilla mollis (Ladys Mantle)
Armeria juniperifolia
Armeria rubrifolia
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Drumstick Thrift
Arum italicum
Aquilegia formosa – Western Columbine (1)
Aquilegia sibirica x biedermeier (1)
Bellis (English Daisy) (1)
Billardiera longiflora
Campanula garganica ‘Dickson’s gold’ (1)
Campanula medium ‘Canterbury Bells’
Campanula persicifolia
Centranthus ruber
Centaurea montana (Bachelor’s Button, Blue Corn Flower)
Cerastium tomentosum
Cirsium ssp. (decorative thistle
Clematis “President”
Clematis ‘Vyvyan Pennell’
Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’ – Terra Nova Hybrid
Crocosmia “Babylon”
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (1) (2)
Cyclamen coum
Cyclamen hederifolium
Delosperma cooperi (Trailing Iceplant)
Delosperma nubigenum ‘Yellow Ice Plant’
Delphinium ssp.
Dianthus “Cranberry Ice”
Dicentra cucullaria
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Goldheart’
Digitalis ssp. (foxglove)
Epimedium ‘Bronze Leaf’
Eryngium planum “Jade Frost”
Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’
Eryngium variifolium
Erysimum ssp.
Eucomis ssp (pineapple lily) – Perished in a clay pot, winter 2010/11
Euphorbia ‘Glacier’
Euphorbia ‘Tasmanian tiger’
Euphorbia ‘Tiny Tim’
euphorbia griffithii fireglow
Euphorbia wulfenii
Euphorbia polychroma
Fuchsia “alice hoffman”
Galium odoratum ‘Sweet Woodruff’ – Ripped out for being over agressive
Gaura ssp.
Gentian ssp.
Geum ‘Blazing sunset”
‘Hedera “glacer” & “gold ingot”
Hemerocallis ssp. “Day Lily”
Heuchera ‘Black Currant’
Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’
Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’
Juncus “Big Twister”
Kirengeshoma
Kniphofia ssp. (Red Hot Poker)
Lamium “purple dragon”
Lavandula “otto quast” (Spanish Lavender) (1)
Lavandula x ginginsii (goodwin creek lavender)
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia tupa (Scentsational 2011)
Lobelia bridgesii (VHS 2012)
Lychnis chalcedonica (Burning Love)
Lychnis coronaria
Lysimachia ssp.
Lysimachia atropurpurea
Mahonia ssp.
Melianthus major (Peanut butter plant)
Monarda ssp. (Bee balm)
Montia parvifolia
Oenothera versicolor ‘Sunset Boulevard’
Oregano ‘Kents Beauty’
Physalis alkekengi (Chinese Lantern)
Polemonium ssp. (Jaccobs Ladder)
Primula denticulata (Drum Stick Primula)
Primula rosea (VHS Sale 2012)
Primula sieboldii
Primula vialii (Chinese Pagoda Primrose)
& “candelabra” & “auricula”
Pulmonaria ssp.
Pulsatilla montana
Rhodohypoxis ssp.
Rubus pentalobus (raspberry groundcover)
Rudbeckia goldsturm
Rodgerisa ssp.
Sagina ssp.
Salvia ‘Hot Lips’
Salvia patens ‘Blue Angel’
Saxifraga andrewsii (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Saxifraga x arendsii ‘Triumph’
Saxifraga x arendsii ‘Peter Pan’
saxifraga bronchialis
Saxifraga stolonifera (Strawberry Begonia)
Saxifraga ‘White Hill’ (Encrusted Saxifraga, Rock Foil)
Scabosia ssp.
Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet’
Sedum hybrid ‘Autumn Joy’
Sedum hybrid ‘Purple Emperor’
Sedum hybrid ‘Vera Jameson’
Sedum laxum sp hechneri (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Sedum pachyclados syn ‘Rhodiola pachyclados’ – (Thick Stem Stonecrop)
Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’
Sedum selskianum ‘Spirit’
Sedum spathulifolium (Pacific Broadleaf Stonecrop)
Sedum spathulifolium ssp. pruinosum ‘Cape Blanco’
Sedum spurium ‘Dragon Blood Sedum’
Sedum tetractinum
Sollya heterophylla (Bluebell Creeper) – Dying.. Dead
Soldanella
Stachys byzantian
Thalictrum rochebrunianu
Tellima grandiflora
Tricyrtis ssp.
Verbena “Homestead Purple”
Zantedeschia aethiopica

Garden Plants – The Strange And Unusual
Acacia pravissima (Ovens Wattle) (1)
Arisarum proboscideum (mouse plant)
Arisaema griffithii (cobra lily) (1)
Arisaema triphyllum (wood pulpit)
Asarum splendens (Asian Wild Ginger)
Asphodeline lutea (King’s Spear)
Azara lanceolata (Brentwood 2012)
Azorella trifurcata – Bolax trifurcata
Castilleja Miniata (Red Indian Paintbrush)
Chelone ssp.’Turtleheads’
Daphne x lawrence crocker (VHS Sale 2012)
Darmera peltata ‘Indian Rhubarb’ (1)
Disporum sessile
Eccremocarpus scaber vine (Chilean Glory Flower) (1)
Enkianthus cernuus rubens  (Fraser Thimble 06/2012)
Ephedra aspera
Ephedra chilensis
Euphorbia mellifera (Brentwood 03/2012)
Farfugium japonicum  ‘Aureomaculatum’ (Leopard Plant Fraser Thimble 04/2012)
Farfugium japonicum ‘Giganteum’ (Fraser Thimble 06/2012)
Farfugium japonicum ‘Cristata’ (2011) (Survived -6)
Hebe hectorii (Whipcord Hebe) (Brentwood Bay Nurseries 03/2012)
Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca) (Demitasse 2012)
Helwingia chinensis (Fraser Thimble 04/2012)
Impatiens omeiana
Lavatera arborea variegata
Libertia peregrinans (Orange Libertia)
Mimulus dentatus (Coast Monkey Flower)
Mitella breweri
Meconopsis (blue poppy) (1) (2)
Mukdenia rossii
Onopordum acanthium
Origanum dictamnus ‘Dittany of Crete’
Origanum ‘Amethyst Falls’
Origanum ‘Kent’s Beauty’
Oxalis acetosella
Oxalis deppei
Oxalis magellanica nelson
Oxalis rubrifolia (Died/went dormant after being placed in hot sun for a couple days)
Oxalis triangularis
Peltoboykinia watanabei
Petasites japonicus
Petasites palmatus
Philadelphus manteau d’hermine (Mock Orange)
Phytolacca acinosa
Phytolacca americana
Physalis alkekengi (Chinese Lantern)
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient plant) (1)
Podophyllum peltatum (North American May Apple)
Podophyllum hexandrum (Himalayan May Apple)
Polygala chamaebuxus kamniski (VHS Sale 2012)
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’
Rheum nobile  (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Rhodocoma Capensis (Brentwood Bay Nurseries 03/2012)
Saruma henryi (Upright Wild Ginger)
Sauromatum venosum (Arum cornutum)
Scopolia carniolica ‘henbane bell’
Syneilesis aconitifolia (Fraser Thimble 06/2012)
Teucrium scorodonia crispum
Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’
Thalictrum uchiyama (Meadow Rue)
Trientalis borealis
Tropaeolum tuberosum (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Tropaeolum speciosum (Demitasse 2011)
Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava)
Wasabia japonica (Japanese Horseradish) (True Wasabi)
Verbascum bombyciferum (Giant Silver Mullein)
Xerophyllum tenax – (Bear Grass) (March 03/2012)
Yucca rostrata (Demitasse 04/2012)
Zauschneria californica (Californian Fuchsia) (Hardy -12, good drainage) (Sept 1 2010)

Black Flowering Plants
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’ (1)
Dianthus barbatus nigrescens ‘Sooty
‘ (Sweet William)
Iris “Midnight Oil”

Grasses
Carex testacea ‘Prairie Fire
Fescue glauca
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’
Phaenosperm globosa

Alpine Wonders
Androsace sempervivoides (Rock Jasmine)
Androsace Sarmentosa
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium
Draba vitaliana
Erinus alpinus (Fairy Foxglove)
Lewisia cotyledon
Lewisia tweedyi
Potentilla tabernaemontani ‘Nana’
Salix x boydii (Joe Keller april 2012)
Saxifraga x urbium Aureopunctata
Sempervivum ssp. (various)

Bulbs and Tubers
Boophone haemanthoides  seedling (Sacred Succulents 2011)
Bowiea volubilis (Seas Onion, Climbing Onion)
Cardiocrinum giganteum (9 year old bulb Fraser Thimble 2012)
Colchicum ssp.
Crinum buphanoides (Sacred Succulents)
Crinum powellii (Fraser Thimble 04/2012)
Crocus – Sativus
Eustephia bulb
Iris Reticulata
Ledebouria socilis
Lilium tigrinum
Haemanthus ssp ‘blood lily’
Haemanthus albiflos
Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem Artichoke Crop) (1)(2)
Hymenocallis festalis
Muscaria – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus obesus ‘bulbocodium’
Phaedranassa viridiflora (Sacred Succulents 2011)
Sprekelia formosissima  (Aztec Lily)
Tulipa tarda (1)

“House Plants”
Aeschyanthus radicans (Lipstick Plant)
Chlorophytum ssp.
Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (areca palm)
Epipremnum pinnatum (pothos vine)
Fittonia albibenis (Nerve Plant)
Gardenia jasminoides veitchii
Peperomia caperata cvv

Peperomia obtusifolia
Pilea mollis ‘Moon Valley.’
Saintpaulia spp. (african violet)
Zebrina pendula (wondering jew)

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Succulents  & Cacti
Aichryson tortuosum (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Aloe aristata (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Aloe bellatula ( Victoria Cacti & Succulent 2012)
Aloe brevifolia ‘Crocodile Plant’
Aloe jucunda  (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Aloe krapohliana  (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Aloe saponaria (Bob Archer March 2012)
Aloe variegata  (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Aloinopsis schooneesii (Brentwood June/2012)
Anacampseros densifolia (sept 2011)
Anacampseros lubbersii
Anacampseros namaquensis
Anacampseros rufescens (sept 2011)
Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata ‘Sunrise’
Andromischus clavifolius (crinkleleaf plant)
Andromischus maculatus (Brentwood June/2012)
Astrophytum asterias (sept 2011)
Aeonium atropurpureum
Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’
Aeonium ‘Kiwi’
Agave americana
Agave bovicornuta
Agave bracteosa (Oct 2011)
Agave germinifolia
Agave parryi  (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Agave variegata (Bob Archer March 2012)
Agave victoriae-reginae ( Mary – Succulent Society 06/2012)
Aloe polyphylla (Valley Succulents 06/2012) (Growing Instructions)
Austrocylindropuntia subulata
Cereus grandiflorus (Queen of the night)  (Bob Archer March 2012)
Cereus tetragonus
Cotyledon tomentosa (Bear Paw)
Crassula Sarcocaulis (Bonsai Crassula)
Crassula Gollum
Delosperma bosseranum  (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Delosperma pergamentaceum (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Disocactus flagelliformis (Rat Tail Cactus) (1)
Echeveria glauca (1)
Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’
Echeveria setosa compacta (fuzzy echeveria)
Echeveria nodulosa
Echeveria minima
Epithelantha micromeris (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Epiphyllum ssp. ‘Mandrin Lady’
Epiphyllum ssp. ‘Midas Touch’ (Mary – Victoria Cacti & Succulent 06/2012)
Fenestraria rhopalophylla (Baby Toes Succulent)
Frailee astroides – Endemic to South America (Sensitive to over-watering)
Gasteria spp.
Gasteria variegata  (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Graptoveria amethorum
Graptoveria paraguayense ‘Fred Ives’
Gymnocalycium baldianum (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Gymnocalycium Ragonesei died sept/2011 due to careless outdoor watering
Haworthia cuspidata (Star Window Plant)
Hawthoria tessellata
Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mother of Thousands)
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Kalanchoe tubiflora (Maternity Plant)
Leuchtenbergia principis (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Lophophora williamsii
Maihuenia poeppigii  (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Mammillaria gracilis fragilis (Thimble Cactus)
Mammillaria nivosa (Bob Archer March 2012)
Matucana madisoniorum
Opuntia aciculata  (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Opuntia violacea (Rosa – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012) (Palm Springs Desert California)
Pachyphytum compactum
Pachypodium lamerei (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Pachypodium namaquanum (Corona nursery california 2012)
Pachypodium rosulatum forma cristata (2012)
Parodia Haselbergii (scarlett ball cactus)
Parodia magnifica (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Pilosocereus Azureus (Blue Column Cactus)
Portulacaria afra (Elephant bush)
Rebutia flavistyla
Rhodiola rosea (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Sedum morganianum (burro tail sedum)
Sedum oxypetalum ( Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Sceletium tortuosum  (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Selenicereus grandiflorus (Queen of the night cactus)
Senecio articulatus
Stenocactus ssp. (Bob Archer March 2012)
Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus (Paper-spined Cholla)
Turbinicarpus macrochele  (2012)
Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus (2012)
Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstrosus clone B  (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Trichocereus lobivioides (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Trichocereus pachanoi
Rhipsalis horrida ‘Mouse Tail Cactus’
Yucca brevifolia (joshua tree) (Brentwood 03/2012)

Succulent & Tropical Euphorbia
Euphorbia albipollinifera  (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Euphorbia esculenta (Corona Cactus California 06/2012)
Euphorbia globosa (Victoria Succulent Society 05/2012)
Euphrobia greenwayi  (Victoria Succulent Society 05/2012)
Euphorbia leuconeura (Vic Cactus Society Sept/2011)
Euphorbia mammillaris variegata (Brentwood 03/2012)
Euphorbia platyclada  (Victoria Succulent Society 05/2012)
Euphorbia trigona (Craigslist)
Monadenium magnificum (Paul Shirley Succulents)
Monadenium ritchiei

Mesembs – (Living Rocks)
Argyroderma delaetii  (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Carpobrotus edulis (Highway stonecrop)
Conophytum ssp.
Lithops ssp. (Living Rock)
Mitrophyllum grande
Ophthalmophyllum ssp. (Bob Archer March 2012)
Pleiospilos bolusii (Sacred Succulents 2012)
Pleiospilos compactus (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Pleiospilos nelii (split rock)
Pleiospilos nelii ‘Royal Flush’ (Corona Cacti / 2012)

Caudiciforms
Avonia quinaria ssp. alstonii
Bowiea volubilis (Seas Onion, Climbing Onion)
Cyphostemma juttae – (April 15th 2011, 2″ tall) (1)(2)
Dioscorea sylvatica (Sacred Succulents 2012)
Dudleya attenuata (Jan 01/2012) (1)
Ornithogalum longibracteatum (Pregnant Onion)
Mirabilis jalapa (feb 2012)
Plectranthus Ernesti
Pseudolithos migiurtinus x 1 (Thailand feb 01/2012)
Sinningia leucotricha (November 2nd 2011) (Brazilian Edelweiss)
Trichodladema bulbosum (Vic Succulent Society)

Stapelia / Succulent Milk Weeds – Carrion Flowers
Orbea ubomboensis (syn. Angoluma )  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Caralluma acutangula  (2012)
Caralluma schweinfurthii  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Huernia pendula  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Huernia zebrina  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Piaranthus sp  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Stapelia leendertziae (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Stapelia divaricata  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Stapelia similis  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Stapelianthus decaryi  (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)
Stapelianthus madagascariensis (2011 Paul Shirley Succulents)

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Tropical and Tender
Abutilon megapotamicum (trailing abutilon)
Abutilon pictum Thompsonii (Varigated Flowering Maple)
Abutilon ‘Souvenir de Bonn’
Anigozanthos flavidus (Kangaroo Paw)
Aristolochia chilensis  (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Arthropodium strictum ‘Chocolate Lily’ (sept 01/2011) (Survived -6 in coldframe w/Christmas lights)
Bulbine ssp (African Bulbine)
Beschorneria ‘Ding Dong’ (false yucca) (Sept 1st 2011)
Bomarea sp. “Sulla sullu”  (2011 Sacred Succulents)
Brugmansia ssp. (Datura / Angels Trumpet)
Colocasia esculenta ‘Giant’ (Fraser Thimble 04/2012)
Clivia ssp.
Cuphea “Ignea” Dead Via frost
Desfontainia spinosa (June 19th 2011) (Survived -6 in coldframe w/incandescent lights)
Echium pininana (2011) (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
Fuchsia boliviana (2011)
Gloriosa superba (Glory Lily Vine) (1) (2)
Hoya carnosa (1)(2)
Impatiens hawkeri (New Guinea impatien)
Lantana hybrid. (standarized)
Leonotis ssp. (Wild Dagga) – Lost one to early frost 2010… trying again 2011
Leptospermum scoparium
Mathiola arporescens – Tree Stock
Mitraria coccinea (June 19th – 2011)
Passiflora ‘Lavender Lady’ (Bob Archer March 2012)
Passiflora caerulea (2011)(survived -6 outside in pot)
Passiflora jamesonii (2011) (1)
Pilea peperomioides ( Chinese Dollar Plant )
Plectranthus amboinicus (Cuban Oregano)
Plectranthus argentatus (1)
Plectranthus ciliatus
Plumeria spp
Prostanthera ovalfolia
Ricinus Communis (castor bean) (1)
Salvia dorisiana (Fruit scented salvia)
Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage)
Sarrancenia: Judith Hindle (Eaten by a hungry racoon.
Seemannia sylvatica (Brentwood 2012)
Senecio cristobalensis ( Red Leaved Velvet Senecio)
Solanum aviculare
Solanum pyracanthum (John 2012)
Sophora macrophyla
Sophora prostrata ‘little baby’ (VIRAGS april 2012)
Tetrapanax papyriferus
Impatiens Congo Cockatoo
Zaluzianskya capensis ( Night Flowering Phlox) (1)

Bromeliads
Aechmea fasciata (Mary – Victoria Cacti Society 06/2012)
Billbergia nutans (Bob Archer March 2012)
Hechtia argentea (Valley Succulents 06/2012)
Puya berteroniana “Chawal” (Sacred Succulents)
Puya mirabilis (1)(2) (Brentwood Bay)
Tillandsia ionantha
Tillandsia stricta
Tillandsia tenuifolia

Orchids
Macodes petola (Jewel Orchid) (1) Dead/ rot / difficult plant to keep happy
Masdevallia ‘Gold Dust’
Phalaenopsis hybrid

Ferns
Adiantum tenerum spp. (maiden hair fern)
Asparagus setaceus/ Asparagus plumosus “Emerald Fern”
Asplenium nidus (birds nest fern)
Davallia trichomanoides “Squirrels foot fern”
Dicksonia antarctica “Tasmanian Tree Fern”
Dicksonia fibrosa (Fraser Thimble 06/2012)
Phyllitis scolopendrium  (Fraser Thimble 06/2012)

Trees / Shrubs
Acer ‘bloodgood’
Corokia cotoneaster ‘Little Prince’ (Wire Netting Bush)
Fatsia japonica
Weigela ‘wine and roses’

PLANTS I WANT

Saxifraga longifolia
Kalopanax septemlobus – (Prickly Castor-oil Tree)
Ficus carica ‘Adam’
Dioscorea_Elephantipes
rosa sericea
Pseudolithos migiurtinus
bukiniczia cabulica
Senecio praecox
Tacitus bellus
Plectranthus thyrsoides
Gethylis namaquensis 
Pringlea antiscorbutica (Kerguelen cabbage )
Althaea officinalis marshmellow
spigelia marilandica
Geranium maderense -Giant geranium
Loropetalum chinense ‘Burgundy’
Trichocaulon cactiforme
Musa xishuangbannaensis ‘Mekong Giant’
Jatropha berlandieri
Crassula umbella
Erodium chrysanthum
Melaspharulea ramosa
Musschia wollastonii
worsleya procera.
Prostanthera aspalathoides
Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’
Calceolaria integrifolia ‘Kentish Hero’
verbascum olympicum
edithcolea grandis
Ficus carica ‘Adam’
Mammillaria bocasana “mostruosa”
Pachystegia insignis
Cussonia spicata
Kniphofia ‘Shining Scepter’
Kniphofia caulescens
Lomatia ferruginea
Spigelia marilandica
Trichocaulon cactiforme
Gentianella hirculus
uebelmannia pectinifera
Melianthus comosus
Jovellana violacea

musschia wollastonii
Mina lobata
Lotus jacobaeus
Schefflera taiwaniana
Fatsia polycarpa
strophanthus preussii
gelsemium sempervirens
camptosema grandiflora
Clematis tibetana var. vernayi
capparis spinosa
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ 

Rare & or Strange Plants I’ve Killed.
Let’s learn from our mistakes…

Dorstenia foetida – Arrived in the mail bare root, leafless, but in tact. Planted in well drained, sterile soil, placed in an unheated greenhouse early October, two weeks later, rotted from mid section. Moist soil, with cool evening temperatures killed it.

Pseudolithos migiurtinus
Bought two via ebay, arrived bare root. Planted in one of the smallest sized clay pots, watered minimally but too much. Avoid excess water after being transplanted.

Brugmansia ssp. (Datura / Angels Trumpet)

25 Responses to Plant Collecting / Hoarding

  • Barilyne Sakamoto says:

    Hi!

    I love reading your post and checking out all your pictures of your succulents! I volunteer when I can to pull the weeds in the succulent garden at Kapiolani Community College. It’s pretty magnificent I got to meet Moriso Teraoka the one who created the garden here is his story – http://memory.hawaii.edu/object/io_1195535765824.html. I’m able to weed the garden and get cuttings for my garden. I started getting into succulents this year and began propagate them in order make terrariums for family members and neighbors for Christmas gifts this year. I want to get more unique succulents not sure if you want to sell some cuttings from your collection or I can see if I can get some of the ones you want for a trade. Unless you can let me know where I can purchase rare succulents.

    Appreciate your help! God Bless!

    Thank you,
    Bari – from Hawaii

  • bibsey says:

    I truly enjoy reading the comments and love hearing about the different varieties of plants. I am still building on my collection and I proudly show photos to family and friends of my little darlings lol. I look forward to hearing more from you as you build your collection as well.

  • Christi says:

    Hi -

    I’m a beginner gardener (as in – we just moved out of our condo into a new place and I have a gorgeous south facing balcony that gets lots of sun). I’m creating a tropical oasis vibe on our deck (we just got back from Hawaii so I’ve nicknamed it our Lanai). I really want to get a few larger plants for our balcony that have a nice tropical/ferny feel but I have limited experience and don’t want to invest in something that is just going to die in our Victoria climate. Are you able to suggest a few plants that are :
    a) relatively easy to care for
    b) easy to find at a local nursery/plant depot
    c)hearty year round in our climate

    Thanks for any help you might be able to provide :)

    Christi

  • sylvia hastings says:

    The size of your echiums puts mine to shame! I have fussed over the three plants I bought home to Woking from Guernsey last summer, firstly keeping them in the greenhouse, cosily wrapped in fleece. However, they did not seem to like that, so now they are in my porch, watered a little and looking much better. Many of the leaves had died, but there is a healthy centre in each plant. My gardening club told me I was cossetting them far too much! I wonder if you think they might be better in a sheltered part of my garden. At present they are about 18inches high in large single pots, and I am desperate to get them through the winter safely as they really fascinate me.

  • Duane says:

    Hi
    I really enjoy looking through your site, does my heart good to know there are others out there at least as crazy as I !
    I have spare Bukiniczia, possibly Worsleya, a very large collection of cacti, succulents, hardy plants etc. that I’m sure you could find many new candidates for your amazing collection.
    At a glance, I see a few items you have which I would love to get a cutting. If there is a chance you could make it to Golden BC this year, I would enjoy a chance to meet, and swap some plant material, and stories. If not, let me know, and perhaps we can arrange a mail swap.
    Thanks,
    Duane

  • Aaron says:

    Hey there,

    I’d love to trade seeds with you at some point. Ive just started my adventure of collecting seeds and plants. If your interested I do have some neat species to trade some rare. Send me an email @ bluenerny@gmail.com

    Kind regards,
    Aaron

  • Sarah says:

    I think Brentwood Bay nursery had the erodium. I love the website, and would love to chat. I also live in Victoria(Gordon Head area), and my passion is weird edibles. I love to see someone else with Jerusalem Artichoke! I love them raw!

  • Mike Didier says:

    Saxifraga x arendsii ‘Triumph’

    You have these and I cant locate the exact seeds for this .
    Been on EBay and find vendors with
    Saxifraga arendsii Purple Robe SEEDS!
    Not the same but seems close. Are these plants invasive I ask and was told no.
    Where can I find these Triumphs would you know?

  • Stephen Lamphear says:

    Awesome collection. How do you find the space (inside or out) for all of it? I have 13,000 sq ft of garden SW of Seattle and it’s major overcrowded the strange and adventurous critters.

  • Loc nguyen says:

    Love you garden and pics. I am from Richmond, and my gf and I are planning a trip to Victoria on Canada long weekend. Is there any chance if we can come by to visit your wonderful garden or even grab some food with you to exchange some stories. My cell is 6047603503 if u need to contact me. Thanks: loc

  • Gary says:

    I’ve posted several pictures of our Cardiocrinum giganteum v Yunnanensis on Instagram. Two are in full flower in the Seattle area, I have those and a Cardiocrinum giganteum v giganteum (like yours) all coming into bloom in two years after we got them in 1 gallon pots as 1.5″ dia bulbs. Found a great trick to flower them (3 outa 3 isn’t bad!).

  • jackie dawn says:

    I have fleece-flower but its the pink/white ground cover. I’ve falling in love with it!!

  • jackie dawn says:

    I was curious if you have any cobra lilies, i just went to a cool plant sale down in Annapolis royal. i love rare ans unusual plants and someday soon hope to have a greenhouse to grow anything i want. I have showy lady slippers, also yellow white and pink they are my favorite! I have alot of plants and try to grow them in different conditions. I live in Nova Scotia by the salt water and its been hard to know what will come back. I was very disappointed in my blue Himalayan poppies they came up two years in a row and disappeared. I’ve been collecting some trilliums the nodding, robin and i just bought a yellow one. I wanted to know the best conditions for cobra lilies everyone says something different. thanks happy gardening

  • i. banning says:

    wow love the idea that a Canadian is out there sharing the knowledge and the experience of working with exotic tropical plants. I have been looking on the web for fellow Canadians who are able to appreciate and share their love of tropical plants. I would love to be able to share plant cuttings or even purchase plant cuttings from you. Living in Ontario, the weather is not the best for tropicals but we do have a conservatory where a person can go to enjoy the splendar of nature. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Christy says:

    Hello,
    I happened onto your site vie google pg 9 in a search for Jerusalem Artichokes.. Wow, I’m glad I did. Wonderful !!

    I was hoping you had some JA tubers for sale.. I’m having a hard time finding them, and want to make sure they clean. Not modified.. please contact me at the email provided. I’m in SC and trying to create and edible yard..
    Keep up the good work!!!
    Christy

  • Maggie says:

    I would love to buy two spotty dotty podophyllum plants, or trade for them. I have three kinds of mousetail (araceae),
    two Japanese ginger, voodo lily (three feet tall at maturity) and green dragon plants. I live in zone 5.

  • Jordan says:

    Just wanted to say it was a good feeling to see another male passionate about plants. Sometimes I feel alone in my passion because people are either overly scientific in their approach which can come across as arrogance or do not feel as strongly about the importance of the weird and wonderful.

    Impressive collection, it would be something to see.

  • Umesh says:

    We are looking for freshly harvested sprekelia fofmosissima seeds. Can you ba able to supply us ? If so, please mail us you best wholesale price and delivery time.

    Looking forward to hear from you with keen interest.

    Regards,

    Umesh.

  • Palmnutt61 says:

    You have quite a plant list going. I am also a plant geek and collector of hardy palms and roses(I have Rosa serecia pteracantha) I have 95 different roses with several cool species ones like Rosa glauca and the Chestnut Rose. I am on the opposite coast and garden in Zone 8 central North Carolina. If you are ever of a mind to travel to NC please contact me, I love to show and share my collection.

  • bob archer says:

    victoria is a great place to grow tropicals outside, i collect plants myself [ totally addicted ] i now have 5 varieties of bananas, easy to propagate ,does anyone want any Musa ”basjoo”,hardy banana?,i have lots, cheers.

  • First, I love your blog! And second, you’ve certainly got it bad! But you do have one of the best places to garden. We visited BC, including Vancouver Island and stayed a bit on Pender. I have the tropical bug as well and have grown a gardenia (‘Miami Supreme’) in a pot for the past 12 years or so. As for your list, you’re lucky to have made the list, let alone hit the shift key at the right time. I’ve kept a journal for 20 years. Before computers, it was a hand-written journal with photos pasted on some of the pages. Now I’m lucky if I remember to list what I’ve purchased and keep track of what’s in bloom when with photos.
    I noticed you don’t have any peonies–you really should grow some as there’s nothing like peony season… Keep it up and I’ll keep coming back to see what’s up in Victoria until I get back there some day…

  • Jenessa says:

    tight lil corner ya got here..lookin for a black batflower and wanna know where i can get my hands on sum chinese fleeceflower seeds/bulbs..hit me up if you no where to start my search..

  • Jim says:

    Hi there,

    Nice ilst, do not forget: Genus is capitalized, species is lower case and cultivar is ‘ and’ this Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’

    Thanks

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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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