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Discussion in 'How's It Growing?' started by Margot, May 15, 2020.

  1. Nik

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    Here is something that doesn’t seem to be growing well. I was gifted three tubers of Bletilla striata a couple of years ago by a great neighbor who bought the same for their garden, regular pink plus a blue and a white one. Apparently his didn’t make it through the first winter. Ours have survived, but they haven’t flowered yet.. Moist, well drained soil; morning sun, dappled shade midday, mostly shade late afternoon. Should I give them more time in the same location or move them in the spring?
    (Some insect/slugs? damage that I am not too concerned about)
     

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    The beginning of fall tree colors in the yard. Too early for the reds.
     

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    With few small exceptions.
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    That first one looks like Rhus copallinum. UBCBG just posted a photo of theirs on Facebook. Now I really want to get out there to see it.
     
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    That is correct.
     
  6. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Here's a Hellebore Hallowe'en surprise . . . after such a dreadful summer, this really lifts my 'spirits'.

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    The sun was out a few days ago so I thought I'd take a few photos...

    Hardy aloe - I received this cutting back in July and it seems to be doing well
    Pawpaw 'Mango' - I love the Fall colors
    Strawberry tree - loads of flowers and maturing fruit
    Fern-leaf clematis - evergreen and flowers from December to March
    Loquat - starting to flower now
    Staghorn sumac - again, I love the Fall colors
    Zebra grass - in full bloom
    Portuguese squill - this is rather strange as the bulb has sprouted again (it already flowered this past spring)
     

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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Hello @pmurphy. I'd never heard of winter-flowering clematises let alone Clematis cirrhosa 'F.......'. Does the 'F' stand for 'Freckles'? I will definitely be keeping an eye out to purchase one next year and hope they're not caught up in some supply chain somewhere.

    Thanks for the introduction. It, and your other photos, are lovely.
     
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    Yes it is 'Freckles'.
    I also have Clematis cirrhosa ‘Balearica’ which is yellow with red (not flowering yet). I got both plants from Phoenix Perennials & Specialty Plants here in Richmond a few years back (they do mail order but will be shutting down soon for the season), but I haven't seen these vines available since the pandemic started.
     
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    I discovered this trying to flower in the Garden the other day - Tropaeolum tuberosum aka mashua or perennial nasturtium. Got the plant as a 15cm cutting earlier this year and its now covering an area of about a meter. I'm hoping the buds will actually open before they are affected by the cooler temps.
     

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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    In the midst of all the recent heat, drought, water and deer damage in my garden, comes this sweet little reminder to stay optimistic.

    Helleborus HGC 'Jacob'

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  12. Georgia Strait

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    Goodness me, how did it almost become solstice

    for those who keep track of media news — 6 months ago we almost (little did we know) enter our heat dome (a 100F at the BC coast and lots of droopy plants).

    back to garden tour — it was so pretty in the snow the other day

    hère are some photos

    Rhodo « Unique »
    This is interesting because over a period of a few years - the guardian of this rhodo carefully trimmed back 1/3 … then 1/3 … final 1/3 and it has come back beautifully — I read of this same method in the good old days of Sunset magazine 1990s


    Old street side Kanzan cherry with dust of snow. That’s a native BC red cedar in background

    The cat made a quick foray and came back inside zippity quick (cold paws)

    cold kitty paws

    Rosemary herb — Arp (I highly recommend for the coast) —- thé lights are one of those laser beam projectors

    viola pansy from the supermarket (tho I sometimes grow from seed)

    my fav maple! Acer circinatum … native to parts of coastal BC (and Cascadia PacNW)

    salmon metal sculpture (a vintage mold for making salmon mousse) and sempervivum on old cedar gate

    more vine maple with background of cedar and fir trees

    ÉDIT - i often save some windfall branches to make decor for garden gate and neighbors — one of the projects ❄️

    Douglas fir (native tree; very tall 100 feet plus) - the birds and native Douglas squirrels like it — a heron comes along and surveys the terrain and ocean from a high-up branch.
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    That's just the amount of snow I like, and it's more than we got in the West End. I'm an indoor cat too.
     
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    As there is not much gardening to be done at this time of year I've been working on a "make work project" that uses a computer program to turn digital photos into "paintings". I'm almost finished with this project for the year but found a photo of Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' that I took a couple of days ago in the file I've been working with (this project has nothing to do with gardening). Out of curiosity I turned 'Freckles' into a painting and this is the result....

    before and after


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    I think it turned out rather nice, and I thing I've found another "make work project" to keep myself busy over the winter.

    Merry Christmas to All.
    Stay Safe.
     
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    what a lovely flower with an interesting name (cirrhosa)

    Are you doing this transformation on your desk computer or your phone?

    which software (app)?
     
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    A little bit of ice snow at the coast last evening Dec 17/21

    native sword ferns with dry hydrangeas (blushing bride)

    and my fav Acer circinatum (vine maple) also native to parts of Cascadia (Pac NW)

    the twinkle lights are one of those laser projectors sold at the usual big box stores for holiday decor - don’t shine it at your neighbors or into traffic, obviously

    meanwhile - there are lots of little brown and also some other color birds flitting about
    From Blue Jays (bc bird officially?)

    to towhees
    Little wrens
    ORegon (varied) thrush
    Chickadee I think (or are they junco)
    The intrepid hummingbirds - I think Anna’s

    Thé other day I saw what I think are yellow crown warbler

    And a busy native squirrel … Douglas squirrel

    Merry merry festive gardens
     

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    I'm doing this on my desktop with a program called portrait painter - I'm probably the last person on the planet without a cell phone (don't want one, don't need one)
     
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    Yes, it's fun.

    I use IrfanView (free software) to resize/crop my photos, and the function "color corrections" to get a better idea of what the trees look like "in real life" :

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    But there are other filters and effects I've never used until today, @pmurphy made me want to try.
    So here's a kind of post-impressionist view of my garden - almost "fauvist" ;-) , after applying several filters:

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    I've used IrfanView for many years, it's very user-friendly, but there are other sofwares that are about the equivalent.

    I also use the Gimp, which is very similar to Photoshop, but free and Open-Source, for more functions, like for instance :

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    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hu hu... I have a mobile phone, nearly 10 years old. When I was still teaching, one of my pupils would sometimes say "Wow, you've got a vintage mobile phone. And 4G !"

    It's still working well enough to get msg and call people, and I find it just good like that.

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    Our house was built in the 40's and still has the original - and working - wall mounted rotary phone, and its not just kids who ask how it works because nothing happens when they push the "button" :)
     
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    MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL!

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    “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”

    Stay Safe.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    That wreath looks extra nice with the snow!
    It's so nice to have a White Christmas when I have nowhere to go.
     
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    Some peaceful winter pix from the Coast of BC nr Vanc

    the odd looking beverage can is what happens when one leaves no-sugar fizzy soda water in the car —- I wondered why the interior ceiling of the car had a light dust of ginger ale scented snow !

    Thé bag of bird seed is conveniently available at our one stop supermarché -so I buy it — and they eat most of it (some mixes they don’t touch — is it niger seeds they don’t like very much?)
    and I put it down on a step this afternoon — and apparently towhees can read français, c’est possible? I don’t think birds have a sense of smell so I think this guy was using his extra keen vision to try to get thru the little clear « window » in the bag —- I carefully approached and gave him & his pals a little secret stash to reward his initiative — you know it’s cold when towhees get along side by side — usually they are busy and feisty

    Next are shadows of Aspen branches on cedar fence —- it is amazing if one is in sunshine and out of wind how warm it can be — a lesson for garden gazebos and porch’s


    i made a foray to super market this afternoon and it’s a comfortable minus 8 C (according to car) which I think is what it feels like. It amazes and wonders me to think around end of June I got in the car for a/c because outside was high risk over a 100F at the ocean — yes I am an admitted fossil fool !

    the hydrangea is what I call for this season « ghosts of summers past » … it’s blushing bride and I leave it up til Feb March to give a bit of shelter to the small birds hiding from the hawk — who I realize needs to eat too.

    a view from the beach on Christmas Day

    And some holiday & snow fun for our pet-loving people here
     

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    Winter Wonderland?

    After watching the snows almost disappear a couple of days ago when the temperatures reached a high of 4C we woke up to this....
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    This yucca rostrata had been potted for several years while it grew roots but last Fall I figured it was robust enough to finally be planted....hope I wasn't wrong

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    This fatsia japonica recently flowered...

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    Under this mound of snow is a yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'

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    And the first casualty of 2022 - the weight of the snow and ice snapped off several large limbs of my arbutus unedo
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Great photos P. But so sorry to see your damage.

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