Well, you know… I haven’t much to say for myself (I am laughing as I wrote that). We have a conscious mind and a sub-conscious mind. Sometimes I think my mind hides stuff in my sub-conscious mind believing that no one will see it’s true agenda. But I think it is fooling itself, especially among those who know me best. This afternoon I told my dad I was going to Sedalia to buy potting soil. He looked at me and smiled but definitely didn’t offer his debit card.
When I arrived at Lowe’s I heard this voice in my head. It was my wife saying, “Honey, you better park as close as you can.” Well, now that was really weird because I am not married. Maybe it was my spirit guide and she didn’t say “honey”… Maybe she said “hey”. Anyway, I followed her advice.
When I got up to all the plants in front of the garden center of course I walked around. It is SO NUTS how they are selling sweet corn and green beans in packs for $3.00!!! I didn’t see anything interesting so I went inside. Now, my conscious mind is talking to my subconscious mind, reminding one another that I had thought I needed to find more Hosta. I need more color in the shaded area where they are. Of course, I looked for more cactus and succulents but I was VERY disappointed. Thank goodness for that.
SO, I didn’t do as well as I should have. Well, I guess that depends on how you look at it. i was very careful though… Careful because I made sure everything I bought had labels. SO, when I came home I made sure dad was inside while I unloaded the car. Then I took them behind the shed to my potting bench and went inside to get my camera and a notepad. Dad was watching TV. He asked, “Well, how did you do?” GEEZ!!!! I answered, “I did OK. I bought a big bad of potting soil, perlite and a few plants.”
In alphabetical order…
Syn: Adromischus poellnitzianus
According to The Plant List, Adromischus cristatus (Haw.) Lem. is the accepted scientific name for this plant. It was described by this name by (Antoine) Charles Lemaire in Jardin Fleuriste in 1852. It was first described as Cotyledon cristata by Adrian Hardy Haworth.
Native Habitat: Lower Baviaanskloof and Langkloof west of Humansdorp, Eastern Cape, South Africa. This particular species is easily recognized by its felt-like leaves and tangled, hair-like aerial roots.
Zones 9b-10b (25-35 degrees F.)
Light: Sun to part shade
Flowers: White to near white in late summer to early fall.
Syn: Mesembryanthemum tigrinum Haw.
Faucaria tigrina (Haw.) Schwantes is the correct and accepted scientific name for this succulent. It was first described as Mesembryanthemum tigrinum by Adrian Hardy Haworth in Observations on the Genus Mesembryanthemum, in two parts in 1795. The species was then moved to the genus Faucaria and was first described as Faucaria tigrina by Martin Heinrich Gustav Schwantes in Zeitschrift für Sukkulentenkunde (Berlin) in 1926.
Faucaria tigrina is found only within the Albany Thicket of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. There are only four remaining subpopulations left in the wild due to urban development and over grazing. It is listed as endangered in the Red List of South African Plants. The first documented discovery of Faucaria tigrina was during an expedition in 1789 by Francis Masson, who was sent to the Cape by the King of England to collect plants for Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. The specimens of F. tigrina were sent to Adrian Haworth, a gardener at Kew, who recognised them as a new species. The genus name comes from the Latin word faux meaning jaw and tigrina for tiger. The genus has 33 species in total, all occurring within the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa.
The “teeth” are an adaptation of the plant to help collect water vapor from the air and direct it down to the plants roots.
I bought one of these in 2014 and it looked much better.
Considered the “black standard” which does not fade even in full sun. I think this is a Terra Nova introduction since this cultivar is on their website. Also it is probably a Heuchera villosa x H. micrantha and/or H. americana hybrid.
Ht: 10-12”, 24” in flower
Full sun to part shade
Creamy white flowers in May-July, depending on location.
Low maintenance and medium water requirements.
Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’
Foliage color changes from cinnamon peach to burnished copper to amber. This is another villosa hybrid from Terra Nova.
Ht. 14”, 22” in flower.
White flowers in spring.
Full sun to part shade
Silver leaves with green veins. Part of the ‘Planet Collection’ from the Netherlands.
8” tall, 15 “ n flower.
White flowers in late spring to mid-summer.
Full sun to part shade
Hosta ‘Abique Drinking Gourd’
(H. ’Tokudama’ x H. sieboldiana)
Hosta of the Year 2014
Developed by Chuck Pertymun (the Hosta wild man) and introduced by Walden-West in 1989.
Large cup-shaped, heavily puckered, blue-green leaves. Leaves can grow up to 10” wide x 10” across.
Grows approximately 20” tall.
Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’
A beautiful Hosta that is a tetraploid sport of Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’. Introduced by Marco Fransen, Fransen Hosta, of the Netherlands.
Very thick, puckered leaves of glowing orange with a wide blue-green margin. Produces lavender flowers. The plant grows 12-14” and will make a 24” wide clump.
Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’
This hosta is a sport from Bill Vaughn’s dwarf Hosta ‘Maui Buttercups’. Leaves are cupped and heavily puckered, bright golden with a very dark green margin. Introduced by Jim Anderson of Winterberry Farms in 2003. This is a smaller Hosta grows around 16 “ tall x 16” wide.
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
Hosta of the Year 2008.
Introduced by Emile and Jane Deckert in 2000. It is a sport of Hosta ‘Blue Cadet’. There have been at least 27 new Hosta’s from this cultivar. This is a miniature for sure growing only 8-10” tall and forming a clump of around 12: wide. The small leaves are thick, blue-green and slug resistant.
Mammillaria rhodantha subsp. pringlei
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Mammillaria pringlei J.M. Coult.
Mammillaria pringlei (J.M. Coult.) K. Brandegee
Neomammillaria pringlei (J.M. Coult.) Britton & Rose
The label says Mammillaria pringlei, but according the The plant List list, the correct and accepted scientific name is Mammillaria rhodantha subsp. pringlei (J.M. Coult.) D.R. Hunt. It was published under this name by David Richard Hunt in Mammillaria Postscripts in 1997.
First documented as Mammillaria pringlei by John Merle Coulter in Contributions from the United States National (Smithsonian Institution) in 1894. It was also documented as Mammillaria pringlei (J.M. Coult.) K. Brandegee in 1900. Weird… But both names are now considered a synonym of Mammillaria rhodantha subsp. pringlei (J.M. Coult.) D.R. Hunt. although they say the latter is unresolved. VERY GOOD!!!
‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint
Nepeta x faassenii
Nepeta racemosa x Nepeta nepetella
Nepeta x faasenii Bergmans ex Stearn is a correct and accepted name according to The Plant List. It was first documented by Johannes (John) Baptista Bergmans and William Thomas Stearn. Their document was published in the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1950.
USDA Zones 4-8
2-2 1/2’ tall x 2-3’ wide
Flowers: Lavender blue from April through September
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Propagation: Must propagate by division because the seeds are sterile.
Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Rose and Blue’
This series produces the richest and deepest colors of any seed-grown Salvia. Salvia nemorosa species and cultivars are herbaceous perennials that are are hardy in USDA Zones 5-8. This series supposedly grows to 12” or so tall with a spread of around 18”. They are very drought tolerant, need well-drainers soil, and prefers full sun. As with all of the Salvia, butterflies love them.
These particular cultivars are seed-grown and were developed by Kieft-Pro-Seeds of Holland.
Well, almost everyone knows what a Calla Lily is and they don’t need any introduction. I would like to have a BIG collection! According to the label, they are hardy here. We will see.
I did buy a bag of Caladium bulbs, too. Wagler’s greenhouse had A LOT of them last year but none I could see this year.
Well, that’s it for this post. Now I have to add these to the plant pages list to the right. SO, I hope you enjoyed this post. Spring and PLANTS make me feel like blogging again. Stay tuned, have fun, take care and GET DIRTY!