Thursday, April 24, 2014

Podophyllum pleianthum is my favorite plant in the garden, this week…

The first time you see a big healthy clump of Podophyllum pleianthum is a memorable moment, it's such a big glossy, alien-looking leaf. Hands down the most beautiful plant I'd ever seen was spotted in a container in my neighbor’s garden, I was awe-struck. I’ve planted a handful of podophyllum over the years but never ever in my wildest dreams did I ever think they could look like this…

And they don’t! Mine struggle along, producing another leaf or two every year but that’s about it. This one, this one was something altogether different. So you know where this is going right? Yes that clump belonged to my former neighbor, Bridget, and is now in my garden. Two weeks in a row my “favorite plant” is a pass-along of epic proportions from a plant loving friend. Here's the clump shortly after I dug it out from her former garden...

We discussed the ideal placement in my garden and since as part of the privet-lands project I'm getting a new larger (and sunnier!) stock tank "pond" I decided to drain the old one and fill it with soil.  It was actually kind of reassuring to see that after four years filled with water this tank was still solid with no rust, just a little discoloration (that's a bit of water and soil in the bottom, I started adding potting soil and then thought to take a photo)...


And here's how they look now. Pretty fabulous right? Thank you so much Bridget!

A huge bonus of growing this plant in a container is that you can see the flowers, which are held under the leaves.

About to open...

I've been keeping an eye on them, enjoying watching their development.

The stats on Podophyllum pleianthum:
  • hardy in USDA Zones Zone: 6 to 8
  • grows to to 24" tall, individual leaves on my plant measure 12" across and the clump it's self is 36" wide
  • light shade to shade with even moisture - not drought tolerant
  • originates in Central and southeastern China

Here are my other podophyllums. The dark leaf I believe is Podophyllum 'Red Panda', I have a vague memory of buying it at a Leach Botanical Garden plant sale one spring. On the right is my other P. pleianthum, just a tiny thing.

Hiding behind 'Red Panda' is Podophyllum delavayi, he's shy (or I just couldn't get a good photo of him).

Unlike the above podophyllums which are clumpers it turns out Podophyllum peltatum is a runner.

Yes it is! I planted just one in 2010...

And now I've got, well, 17, 18, oh I don't know, a lot of plants! Of course I'm not complaining, I'm thrilled. So what looks good in your garden right now? Please tell us about it...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An annual outing with my fellow plant lovers...(part 2)

Yesterday I shared the first half our outing, with stops at Xera and Secret Garden Growers. After grabbing lunch we headed to Grassy Knoll Exotic Plants, a nursery I'd only just learned about thanks to a visit from a blog reader in California, thanks Max! GK Exotics is a mail order nursery but the owner, Elizabeth, was kind enough to allow our group to visit, and while she was out of town no less! Her husband Nathan (plants are not his thing) was a trooper and dealt quite well with 3 car-loads interupting his peaceful afternoon.

GK Exotics specializes in passion flowers, like this beauty.

Even the foliage is fabulous.

I'm sorry but how can you not laugh at a plant like that? Reminds me of my "big hair" days.

Lush and lovely Grevillea x gaudichaudii

I really wanted to buy one of these, but instead chose to be content with my single plant, purchased last fall from The Desert Northwest. It's good to know of someone else out there growing case I do decide to take the plunge (perhaps I'm feeling the sting of last winter?).

Leucospermum grandiflorum, which Elizabeth grew from seed...

Looks like a successful mail-order business!

Not one, not two but three fabulous Aloe polyphylla...

Not only were there beautiful plants but there were goats! Just the thing to take Heather's mind off the puppy we had to leave behind earlier in the day.

This one's got guts too, it tried to eat the Passiflora 'Sunburst' I'd just purchased moments before. Silly goat!

Onward! Our last nursery stop of the day was Bosky Dell Natives. Do you notice anything unusual in the photo below? Under the water spigot? Poor opuntia had to go into hiding.


I suppose this was once planted with sedums and such, not so much anymore. I would love the opportunity to cart it home and plant it up.

Not sure if this was part of the home on the premises, an out-building, or just what. This whole nursery was a bit of a mystery...

See what I mean?

Where else are you going to see a shopping cart with a tree growing out of it?

And I didn't make any purchases here, but that's okay. I'd done all right earlier in the day.

I'm still not jumping on the trillium bandwagon...

So that's a wrap on our day! After four nursery visits (and a lot of traffic on the way back into Portland) we're back where we first met up that morning, the garden (and house) of Sean Hogan.

I spy a couple of new Yucca rostrata...

And perhaps a Nolina microcarpa? I'd accuse him of being a copycat (since I just bought one) but then we all know who's the copycat don't we?

I can't remember the name of this camellia but it's gorgeous. I were looking to plant one in my garden this would be the one...

Thanks for coming along on our fun-filled day!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

An annual outing with my fellow plant lovers...(part 1)

It’s a tradition, four years strong. The Thursday before the big HPSO plant sale a group of friends and I head out for a day-long adventure. That day was April 10th, we started at Xera Plants retail shop in SE Portland. Here (from left to right) are Lyle, Heather and Scott checking out the offerings.

The weather that day was nothing short of perfect! The rest of the gang Ryan (white T on the far left), Tim, James, Riz, Greg (co-owner of Xera), Derick, and Nathan. Look at all those plants!

Callistemon subulatus 'Dark Red'...yes it's as soft as it looks.

Didn't get the name of this Aquilegia but it was quite lovely.

Love the grid pattern on some opuntia, this one especially.

And plant shadows, I love plant shadows.

Here's my (tiny) haul from Xera; Two Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Wilmott's Ghost', which Greg said should bloom this year since they're last years plants (fingers crossed), Sedum spathulifolium 'Carnea', and yes another Grevillea juniperina 'Molonglo' but this time I'm only planting one (I lost six juniper Grevilleas last winter) and in the back garden, where it's a little more protected.

Next stop Secret Garden Growers in Canby, Oregon (yes we went from urban to country, in no time). This was my first visit to SGG, although since they're a nursery I have emailed with the owner, Pat, many times. It's wonderful when you finally meet someone in person and they're just as nice as you thought they'd be.

The nursery was lovely as well, and large!

Syneilesis palmata

There were two large hoop houses in the distance and we were concerned they'd be off limits, torture to plant lovers on a field trip! Nope, we were allowed in to survey the goods. Naturally I fell in love with several things in the "not for sale" section, like that purple succulent on the right.

Also not for sale...


My Rubus lineatus died completely back to the ground this year. It's already sprouting out new growth but so much for those 7ft tall arching canes.

At least I know I'll have that pleated foliage to look forward to again this summer.

My Impatiens omeiana is showing signs of developing into a mass like this, finally. I do have my doubts as to whether or not I'll get to enjoy it before the critters go to town on it (slugs? root weevils? both?).

Speaking of critters (but the cute ones)...

I bought one of these phormium, in fact maybe the one in the front on the far right. Sadly no frogs came with it.

Sedum makinoi Ogon 'Golden Japanese Sedum'

Geranium? (Begonia, thanks Planted Watered) My mind's gone blank, but I can tell you I almost purchased one of these.

My gunerra has returned, surviving the winter cold. It's not this big, yet...

Still no sign of either Acanthus sennii however.

I'll end today's post with the most popular thing at the nursery. This little guy (forgot his name) was just too cute. We were devising all sorts of schemes to escape with him, but then there would have been the inevitable fight over who got to take him home (just between you and me I'm sure Heather would have won). Tomorrow I'll share the second half of our day...

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