Adventuring

Posted: October 17, 2011 in family and friends, nature, texas
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To me, even the littlest step into nature can provide an escape… but in the eyes of children, you can bet that it provides a grand adventure.
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I need to stay away from the clearance bins at big-box garden centers… I have this burning desire to scoop up all the poor mistreated half-dead specimens in no-plants-land (aka the clearance-cart), nurture them back to pristine health, and then brag about how I resurrected each unique diamond-in-the-rough back to health. This is a very dangerous addiction though… Plants that have been banished to the clearance cart are usually in really bad shape and more susceptible to bugs and diseases, that can, if not properly addressed, infect your snuggly safe collection of plants at home. 

PhotobucketBut when I see a HUGE bucket of Gollum Jade marked HALF OFF… I am absolutely compelled to save it!  I LOVE unusual plants… the weirder it is the more I want it!  And I had searched 3 Home Depots and 2 Lowes for a “Gollum” jade that was in decent shape. Everything out there was overpriced and ratty looking. And then at the last Lowes in my area I see this giant Gollum marked half off because of OBVIOUS neglect.  I HAD to buy it! 

Succulents are tricky to read and die easily from over watering… but given it’s symptoms (bone dry soil, sitting with the cacti in full sun, wrinkled faded foliage, 115 degree high temp days) I deduced that it might just need a giant drink of water.   PhotobucketAfter 2 good soaks, I let it sit for for almost 3 weeks.  And then I divided the jade trunks, ripped off the pot bound roots, and placed them in five planters of orchid bark, fine gravel, perlite, and river stone top dressing.

PhotobucketToday ‘MY Precious’ is almost completely wrinkle free and very vibrant green.  I just love taking pictures of it’s long slender fingers. Do I sound disturbing?  Yes, I realize I’m in love with my plants.  Don’t judge me.

I’ve already started 4 or five leaf cuttings, as well!  Baby Gollums for ALL…  (If I can bring myself to part with them!)  Now I just need to find a clearance bin Hobbit to complete my weirdo Lord of the Rings jade-plant collection.  ;)

My latest find was a $1.25 “Voodoo” Aeonium.  Who could resist a plant with a name like that?!?  It’s still in terrible shape… and I have NO idea how to take care of it.  Apparently they are dormant in the summer and require little to NO water during this time.  The soil medium in the plastic pot was moist and looked to be a peat mixture… (not good.)  So I decided to immediately tamp off as much of the old soil from the roots as possible, dip them in superthrive (probably not the greatest idea to re-wet them), then I changed the soil to my new “crunchy” mix… , and now I just have to play the waiting game until I see new leaves forming.  Hope they make it!
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I also have a cute little Crassula muscosa “Lizard’s Tail”  that seems to be doing well in my little succulent/cacti dish.  I LOVE it’s name, too!

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PS. I will also accept any plant that you are ill equiped and unable to care for/keep alive… as long as it is weird.

Cacti and Succulents

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


I am too lazy to look up all the proper scientific names right now… so these are either common names or names I’ve made up.


Blue Giant


Succulent Cacti Dish


Some aloe I stole from my parents and Mammory Cacti (Common name thimble cactus but I call it this to remember it’s scientific name: Mammillaria gracilis var. fragilis)


Variegated Elephant Bush – might possibly take over the planter


Nursery… I finally got the iceplants to root!  And I LOVE the way the Mammory cuttings look like octopus arms!!


Christmas Cacti with lots of new red leaves


Some crazy succulent that grows on mountains in Brazil… will look into this one more… used to be thought of as a euphorbia (Pencil Cacti)


My Precious (yes that is it’s name) Gollum Jade


One of my many climbing succulents – Hoya carnosa variegated


Rope Hoya


Pink-Silver Hoya… I call her Meddle… after one of my most obsessed over bands: Pink Floyd.

Plant Babies

Posted: September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m sure you all have noticed how obsessive I am about my interests… So lets skip the witty banter, where I pretend to be embarrassed while you all make fun of my nerdiness (which I, not-so-secretly, think of as coolness)… and skip right to MORE pictures of my plant babies. 

I’m also a hopeless nurturer… SOOO if you would like me to make you a plant baby… this plant hussy would LOVE nothing more than to procreate for you.   :)

Hoya carnosa  ‘Krimson Queen’ – variegated leaves with light pink flowers

Krimson Queen

Hoya compacta ‘Regalis’ –variegated leaves that form curled long ropes with light pink flowers

Regalis

Hoya lacunosa ‘Ruby Sue’–small, dark green leaves with prominent leave bracts and tiny fuzzy cream colored flowers


Hoya australis ssp. australis
–large vining green leaves with white flowers when blooming   

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Hoya publicalyx ‘Pink-Silver’ –large silver speckled leaves with darker pink flower clusters… I named her Meddle. :)

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Hoya blashernaezzi
–yellow blooming variety with large lime green leaves (pictures SOON)
Hoya carnosa ‘Krinkle 8’ – green leaves with 8 dimples and light pink flowers

Scindapsus aureus
‘Marble Queen’ (boring old variegated Ivy) If you want some… I have TONS of regular and variegated!  Seriously… take some.

Schlumbergera bridgesii ‘Christmas Cactus’ –Thanks Amber! Still pretty little… slow growing and has not bloomed with the characteristic pretty hot pink flowers.

Mammillaria fragilis ‘Thimble Cactus’ (this scientific name always makes me think of mammaries, and then I giggle in a juvenile kind of way)

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Pencil Cactus’ or ‘Milkbush’ –Thanks Misti! (poisonous sap that SOMETIMES causes severe allergic reactions in humans.)  I warned my boys never to touch this plant and they apparently, in turn, warned their Grandad… because several weeks later as we were coming home and walking past the plant Riley tattled… “Grandad touched the poisonous plant mom!”  And Lathan chimed in, “and he didn’t die.”

I have also started cuttings of my Cephalophyllum speciosum ‘Ice Plant’ … not really sure if they are going to make it!

Ice Plant (left, front)

This song is fitting for my current mood. I’m very sad that sometimes it is hard to find self-worth in my personality and talents… When the rest of the world is geared for superficial perfection.

At this point, I think my introspection may have finally caught up to my spewing, loud mouthed, extraversion….  More and more, I find myself at a loss when passing ideas onto others.  Or maybe I just don’t feel it’s fair, because the ideas they are passing back, more often than not, make me feel empty and alone. Who knows how MY crazy makes others feel.  I wonder if it burdens them like passed judgement, or pity… Maybe this is an innate human insecurity… to over analyze what others think of you. 

But how people differ is represented by the ways they cope with never fully understanding where they stand in the world… or to others.  The scary part is the status quo for filling the meaningless void of insecurity.  Artificially produced happiness to keep us from thinking about our unending march toward oblivion.  Yes, I may be rambling about consumerism again… But also, quick fix problem solving that only leads us to the insatiable desires to consume more and care less.  Shopping, power trips, drugs and alcohol, plastic surgery, fame, fortune.  What do people really desire?  Love?  A sense of belonging?  Attention?

Ugh!  It’s so tiring, and I’m certainly guilty of the same. I think in a way, my urgency to be different and unique is how I make myself feel better about feeling… well… different and unique.  I also have a very serious problem with split personality disorder (but that has already been explained in another blog.) Rereading the aforementioned blog, I now feel like a regurgitating hack. ;)

But, ultimately, I need to remember that making people smile, laugh, or feel special is a renewable resource that will never require consuming an artificial, oblivion numbing, means to an end.  ALWAYS try to find the beauty in someone, some being, some piece of nature, some object of character…. rather than some hollow way to accept yourself.

said the emo-weirdo-girl.