Bed & Plant Update Part 2-Plants On The Front Porch

The front porch…

Hello folks! I hope this post finds you all doing well! Well, it’s time for the 2nd update. I have to laugh as I look at the above photo. It is a mixture of cactus, succulents, tropicals, and just plants… They are kind of arranged by the amount of sun they like and get, which isn’t necessarily the same. Being on the front porch is a little challenging because I am trying to mimic light shade to mostly sun… At first, I had most all of them on the table but the Oxalis didn’t like that at all. I moved the plants to the front porch because their world changed after the Japanese Beetles destroyed their light to partly shady area behind the shed. I will admit, I like them closer instead of in “the other yard” where they were farther away. I can even water them at night if I have to. A few of the cats used to sleep on the front porch but I rarely see any here now. Sometimes the yellow cat sleeps on the railing.

So, how am I going to do this post? Hmmm… Most of the plants on the porch are succulents and one cactus. All of the plants on the back porch are cactus except for one succulent and the Alocasia ‘Portora’ which doesn’t belong there. She is just visiting until I get the four plants separated. In a few days, a lot of the plants at the far end of the table will be gone (taking them to Wagler’s Greenhouse) and then I will move the cactus on the back porch to the front porch.

All but two plants in this post have links to their page on the right side of the blog. They are probably not 100% up-to-date yet.


Amorphophallus sp. at 20″…

The Amorphophallus sp. (Voodoo Lily, Corpse Lily, Devil Tongue, etc., etc.) is doing great. They were getting a little scared under the Chinese Elm with all those hungry beetles flying around. Once they started sampling the Amorphophallus, I moved this pot to the porch on the north side of the house. Right now, these two plants are 20″ tall.  The sun proved to be a little much for the Oxalis triangularis when this pot was on the side porch, so after I removed the nine babies I put them on the front porch.


Some of the Amorphophallus kids on 7-29-18, #487-12.

For those of you who may have missed the post where I removed the babies, you can click on “Re-potting The Amorphophallus”. All nine of them are doing great, even the very small one and the one I accidentally broke off.


The four Begonias on the corner table…

The Begonias are doing great on the front porch. I thought they may have been getting to much afternoon sun here, but they seem to like it. Pictured here are Begonia “Frosty’, ‘Fannie Moser’, and ‘Sophie Cecile’. I bought those three from Wagler’s Greenhouse in 2017. The plant on the lower right corner is older and I do not know its name. It has thicker leaves, maroon undersides, and some of its leaves are spotted and some not…


Begonia x withlacoochee ‘Brazilian Lady’…

Of all the Begonias I have grown over the years, I really like the Begonia x withlacoochee ‘Brazilian Lady’. I acquired my first plant from Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi when I lived there in 2012. Begonia x withlacoochee isn’t an “accepted” infraspecific name, but it is the “official” hybrid name between Begonia thelmae and either Begonia juliana or Begonia peruviana. It has looked better than it does in this photo but it is better than it was a few weeks ago. The above photo was taken on July 29, and today (August 4) I noticed it has A LOT of flowers coming on…


Callisia fragrans offsets…

The Callisia fragrans (Grandpa’s Pipe, Inch Plant, etc.) is quite a plant for sure… I am not just saying that because I want to give you a plant. 🙂 Most of the time I can give my extra plants to Wagler’s Greenhouse, but I asked her a few days ago if she wanted these offsets (I only need one). I couldn’t hardly believe she said no… She never said no before! So, I have 12 pots with offsets and the pot with the old stem… Why did I keep the old stem? I have no idea. Today I noticed several of the small plants are already sending out offsets. GEEZ! Here we go again! The offset with the flower… Well, I should have taken a photo. This plantlet started flowering MONTHS ago and the flower stem is still getting longer and the flowers are getting bigger. The flower stem is growing straight up and is 24″ tall. Well, if you want to know more about this plant, it does have its own page… Click on its name.


Oxalis tetraphylla

The Oxalia tetraphylla (Iron Cross) is doing much better now. I had to move the Oxalis to the back of the porch because they don’t like to much sun. One of its common names, Iron Cross, comes from an old cultivar by that name. It is also known as Lucky Clover, Four-Leaved Sorrel, and Four-Leaved Pink Sorrel. Since I have a four-leaved clover now, I am sure to win the lottery. 🙂 The Japanese Beetles sampled this plant earlier…


Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae

The Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae (False Shamrock) are delightfully happy. You can never have too many Wood Sorrels. They are just AWESOME. You can grow these inside as a potted plant or allow them to go dormant. You can also force their dormant bulbs to come up…


A couple of Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae flowers on 7-29-18, #487-74.

Plants of the World Online lists 545 accepted species of Oxalis. They produce pink, yellow, and white flowers. Some species are “variable” and can have either pink or white flowers.


Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae flowers closed for the evening on 8-4-18, #491-1.

Not only do their flowers close for the evening, but their leaves fold up as well. Well, at least the Oxalis tetraphylla and O. triangularis do this because I have them on my porch…


Oxalis stricta (Yellow Wood Sorrel) closed for the evening…

Out of curiosity, I went outside to see if the Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) closes at night. Yep… All closed for the evening.


Soleirolia soleirolii (Baby’s Tears)…

To think this Soleirolia soleirolii (Baby’s Tears) started out as a tiny “break off” from my sister’s plant she bought last year while we were out plant shopping… At the time, it looked like a species of Sedum with its tiny leaves. The leaf tips were kind of sorta serrated at the end and I thought, “this is not a Baby’s Tears” (I said that to myself…). Well, after all this time, I think it may be possibly, probably a… Ummm… Baby’s Tears.


Scabiosa columbaria ‘Blue Note’…

The Scabiosa columbaria ‘Blue Note’ (Pincushion Flower) seems to be doing well. It will have a few flowers then after I deadhead it will flower again. This is the first year I have grown Scabiosa so I am not sure if it doing well or not. At least it is still alive.


Scaevola aemula ‘Scalora Brilliant’ on 7-30-18, #730-18.

The Scaevola aemula ‘Scalora Brilliant’ has been weird… I lost two last year and this one has died and came back to life twice. My cousin has a few of these plants in a planter and they look AWESOME! They are supposed to like full sun and heat this plant doesn’t appear to like that either… I really like Scaevola and I am determined to be successful with them.


Tradescantia sillamontana on 7-30-18, #488-20.

The Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, White Velvet, etc.) is doing very well. It is looking much better now but for a while, it looked a little ragged. The Japanese Beetles didn’t snack on it’s leaves that much, but its fuzzy leaves collected a lot of their poop and debris from the tree. There are three pots of these plants (somehow). I take them to the basement in the fall where they go dormant. After a few months they start coming back up then I give them a little water. They make good houseplants but get a little strange if they don’t have the right amount of light. Hmmm… I don’t have a page for this plant yet…


Tradescantia pallida (Purple Heart) from Walley on 7-29-18, #487-99.

My good friend and fellow plant collector, Walley Morse, from Greenville, Mississippi sent me a box with three different plants and some Cosmos seeds. In that box were several cuttings of the REAL Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida). I gave him his start in 2012 so I was very glad he sent these cutting to me. There were a lot of cuttings, but I cut the stems down a little and put a few in this pot. The rest are elsewhere. They will take off in no time. The other two plants he sent are succulents I have not identified yet. 🙂

Walley and I became good friends when I lived at the mansion in Mississippi. We have exchanged a lot of plants and his yard and flower beds are AWESOME! Did I say AWESOME? Many plants I grew for the first time in Mississippi came from him. Then when I was leaving Mississippi to move back to Missouri in February 2013, I gave him most of the plants I left behind. I am not sure how many times we filled his car…


Tradescantia pallida ‘Pale Puma’…

The Tradescantia pallida ‘Pale Puma’ is doing great. Walley gave me a pot of these in 2012 and I gave him the “other” Purple Heart. I found another one of these this spring, thinking it was the “real” Purple Heart. I was so excited to find it I didn’t really pay attention until I moved the plants to the front porch on July 4 then I saw what it really was. This plant stumped me before because I could not figure out what species it was… I thought it must be a cross between Tradescantia pallida and Tradescantia sillamontana. Then after I did more thorough research in July, I finally figured out it was Tradescantia pallida ‘Pale Puma’. Now, that name was advertised by Plant Delights Nursery and mentioned on the San Marcos Growers website. San Marcos has it listed under a different name. I am not sure if ‘Pale Puma’ is an official cultivar name or just a name made up by Plant Delights. I sent Tony an email to find out.


Zantedeschia elliottiana (Golden Calla Lily)…

I almost forgot about the Zantedeschia elliottiana (Golden Calla Lily). Last year it was flowering when I bought it and it flowered most of the summer. When it went dormant, I brought the bulbs inside and stored them in the basement over the winter. When I noticed them starting to sprout I brought them upstairs. It was a few weeks before I put them in a pot. They have not flowered at all… Hmmm… Calla’s are one of my favorite plants. Umm… I don’t have a page for the Calla yet either… I haven’t gotten that far down on the list.

Well, I think I better stop for now. I still have the cactus and succulents, the south bed, the “other yard”, the shade bed, and the Alocasia

Until next time, stay well, healthy, safe, and GET DIRTY!

8 comments on “Bed & Plant Update Part 2-Plants On The Front Porch

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You do like your house plants. I have a yellow calla lily that I leave in the ground. It is planted close to the house so it is sheltered. It lived through last winter’s awful weather. I had another piece planted further away from the house and it didn’t live.

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    • Hello Lisa! That’s good at least your yellow Calla survived the bad winter. I had a pink Calla in Mississippi that I left in the ground once I realized they were hardy there. Here, in USDA zone 6a, they won’t survive. I don’t why it hasn’t flowered yet, though. Supposed to flower in June-July but since this was a strange year it still might. Never know. Thanks for the comment as always!


  2. Jim R says:

    Number of plants on my front porch = 0 🙂

    Can you point to a time or place when you first got very interested in growing many different plants?

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    • Hello Jim! Ummm… Let me see… A time or place when I first got very interested in growing many different plants? I believe my first plant was given to me when I was in kindergarten and the teacher gave all her students a Coleus. Then, at some point, maybe around 8 years of age or a little older, I had my own bed on one side of the house and my own little garden. My garden was a little strange though. I took soybeans from the mixed grain dad had bought for the chickens and planted them in my garden. You know the old saying, “variety is the spice of life”… You have no plants on your front porch? You know, I prefer to be a backyard gardener, but here everything is out in the open. No place to hide. Then I am forced to put my plants on the front porch. 🙂 Thanks for the comment as always!

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  3. Such an excellent collection of plants Mr R.. Our patio is also full of plant pots.. Great to see and thank you for all the time you take in sharing the information about them. Truly interesting reading.

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