Update on everything

Things change and progress in a garden -- that's what they tend to do, whether or not you do anything. Here's an update on pretty much everything going on in my garden right now. Starting with the catcus seedlings:


I started these seeds in early February, which amazingly is less than two months ago -- time flies!

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As you can see, they've come a long way in that relatively short time:

12 Feb 2011, so small and smooth. Compare to previous photo.


I still can't tell if this next one is one of the big seeds or not. Something else has just germinated in this pot too (blurry in foreground). I supposedly only planted the big seeds here, so maybe that plant in front is a weed seed?



The sempervivum are doing well, many of them producing their "chicks":


Some of them are also starting to flower:



This isn't necessarily a good thing, as I believe they die after flowering. At least the ones that are flowering aren't single rosettes -- there are others of the same kind that haven't bloomed yet. (I need it to warm up a little so I can get these outside... I really need the room on the seed starting table!)

Outside the veggie beds are doing fine, despite two recent snowfalls:


None of my seeds have germinated yet out here, but should soon. I hope. My neighbor's beets have sprouted already, but there's no sign of mine. Hmmm...

The bamboos I mowed down recently are starting to shoot, exposing their beautiful fresh foliage:

Pleioblastus fortunei

The early-shooting bamboos are doing their thing:

Fargesia 'Rufa'

The moss is flowering -- is that the right term?


It's certainly still thriving in the cold and wet. Personally I'm hoping for a little more warm weather, even if it means the moss won't be as happy.

Excitingly, my all-of-its-leaves-are-dead-but-is-it-topkilled? bamboo, seen here a month ago:


...has started to produce new leaves!



Every branch that I can reach has swelling leaf buds, all the way to the tips of the almost barren branches. Very exciting! This means that when this plant starts shooting it should produce some really nice-sized shoots. If the existing culms had been killed by our winter, the new shoots and culms would have been much smaller.

The bamboo rhizomes I received at the end of January have started shooting:

Phyllostachys iridescens
Since this is a species I didn't have before, it' always fun to see the new shoots. Well, it's fun to see the new shoots on any bamboos, but it's even more fun and exciting on new ones.


Speaking of exciting, how about this?



The Gunnera manicata divisions I received recently are starting to wake up, although I'm not sure that's a good thing. This plant will eventually get huge spiky leaves, and already has sort of a dangerous look to it. I like the red tips on the spikes -- nice touch! Even though it's barely unrolled even a tiny leaf, it already says to me "don't even think about eating me... in fact, don't even come too close!"

I think this plant is going to be awesome!

And that's everything, a quick look at every single interesting thing in my garden.

Well, except for the dozens of different perennials that are emerging now. And the grasses that are starting to wake up. And the other bamboos. And...  I guess I'll have to look the rest of them sometime soon.

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anne  – (March 30, 2011 at 7:39 AM)  

the cacti are too cute (even with their spikes) and that gunnera - it looks like it's from a sci-fi movie.

Gerhard Bock  – (March 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM)  

Love the cactus seedlings. The shape of their bodies is very strange. I wonder which genus they will turn out to be?

It's refreshing to see so much life in your yard after the ice and snow.

Christine  – (March 30, 2011 at 10:03 AM)  

I don't actually like cacti much (well not enough to have any myself), but I have to say that the sempervivum flower is very pretty.

I get terribly excited about any new shoots and growth on my plants - I'm glad I'm not alone in that and that experienced gardens get thrilled by it too. Its what makes gardening so rewarding for me!

I loved this post - I hope you show us your "waking up" grasses soon - I'm in love with grasses at the moment (your influence!)

Liz  – (March 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM)  

The cacti seedlings are fun...but I'm glad I don't have to work with them.

Steve Lau  – (March 30, 2011 at 6:36 PM)  

I took a similar sized gunnera division to pot up for myself to put into the GH when I took those off, and its still nowhere close to awakening by that much showing how much of a difference the climate makes.

Looks like your semps are proliferating like crazy. Are you growing them under a grow light or something?

Anyways it looks like you have a greener thumb than me.

Lancashire rose  – (March 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM)  

Oh my goodness. They are darling. What are they? I just dried out some seeds from my hedgehog cactus and put them out in the gravel this afternoon. Should have sowed them in some sand to watch them turn into little beauties like yours.

John  – (March 30, 2011 at 8:24 PM)  

So John should be seeing some growth from his horrific top kill?

Alan  – (March 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM)  

John: hard to say. If the culms are still green, they'll probably leaf out. If the branches and culms are tan and dry looking, probably not. My Yellow Groove hasn't started swelling leaf buds yet, so it's a little too early to say. Fingers crossed for you!

Alan  – (March 30, 2011 at 9:39 PM)  

Lancashire Rose: Unknown at this time. They're from the Ferry Morris "cactus mix" seed packet, which lists several different species. My original post about planting the cactus seeds lists them all out. It looks like most of these are the same species though, although it's still pretty early to say for sure.

Steve Lau  – (March 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM)  

Excitingly, my all-of-its-leaves-are-dead-but-is-it-topkilled? bamboo, seen here a month ago:

You could have put it in the tarp with all your other YG divisions to end up with no leaf burn before planting it, but I guess its not too bad since they are not top-killed.

A lot of my bamboos are badly burned too this year.

We're the Hamilton's  – (March 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM)  

I loved every picture. I really likes all your cactus seedlings.I think they look so cute...in their own way. And your sempervivums look great as well. Any suggestions on a good place to buy seed for cactus and the other one that has a funky name..Semp..ervi..vum.

Alan  – (March 30, 2011 at 11:01 PM)  

Steve: If I left the atro under the tarp I would have missed out on probably 10 weeks of rhizome and root growth in the ground, and that was more important to me than making sure all of the leaves were retained.

Hamiltons: Those not cold-hardy cactus came from a packet of Ferry Morse cactus seed. I also have a packet of cold-hardy cactus seeds from Park Seeds that I'll be starting very soon. Sempervivum seed I don't know about, but I got mine as plants from Squaw Mountain Gardens.

Rebecca  – (March 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM)  

I would have never thought that the cactus seedlings would grow so fast. Great photo! I'm from down south in Missouri.. From your previous posts, it sounds like you're having the same spring weather that I am--(80 degrees one day, freezing the next).. At least winter's over, I'm glad spring is finally here!

Andrea  – (March 31, 2011 at 1:43 AM)  

Hi Alan, i didn't know those cacti have seeds, we just plant the pups! But they surely look cute and beautiful even at that stages. The bamboo shoots seem healthy and having great promise, however that last one i am not familiar about. I will be monitoring it to see how it looks like in the mature stage. haha thanks.

Nat  – (March 31, 2011 at 10:01 PM)  

Yes.. Almost everything, except the plant over there, and under here, oh and that one, and... I love the pictures of your cactus seedlings, incredible! Spring is sprung, and this is going to be a good year!

Steve Lau  – (March 31, 2011 at 10:59 PM)  

We just got a snow storm today, and spring is still a ways off here, but I'll enjoy seeing pictures of where spring has occured.

Potted Farm  – (April 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM)  

That last plant looks terrifying!!

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