Инстаграм @_green.guy Andy
Echinoposis hybrid. Was received by a very heady scent paired with this stunning pink/white flower in the greenhouse this morning. The second picture shows the flower bud yesterday afternoon getting ready for its big show.
Monstera deliciosa. Looking better than ever after being repotted about a month ago. I removed a weird little vine from the pot and improved the totem by wrapping it with coconot fibre. I'm hoping it will put out a few nice leaves like my rescue monstera on the front porch, look at all those holes!
Cissus discolor. Had my final class today and handed in my last assignments, and received this wonderful little plant from one of my teachers @gardensofdelight. It was an amazing experience studying something I have a passion in, and even better with passionate plant people like Deb guiding you along the way.
Tillandsia. My airplants are loving life out in the shade of the only real 'tree' in my yard. Native to Central America and surroundings they live in the canopy of trees, taking moisture and nutrients in through their leaves. The right light, good airflow and regular (once or twice a week) misting make for easy growing. I've been meaning to mount these for about a year but I think I'll stick to the semi-natural look for now since they all seem content
Acacia aphylla. This strange plant is endemic to the area around Perth, and is commonly known as the Leafless Rock Wattle. The word 'aphylla' translates to 'without leaves', an adaptation the plant would have made in the hot and dry climate of Western Australia. I purchased this as tube stock around 12 months ago and am very proud of its progress, and I'm loving the colour of the new growth
Houseplant Watering 101: Epipremnum aureum. The Devil's Ivy is starting to take over! Often you'll see this plant in hanging baskets but naturally it's a climber, so if you give it a totem to climb (or a wall) it will grow bigger leaves and faster. This one is planted in a 40cm plastic pot and I've been having to water every 5-7 days as the soil is getting bone dry quickly. I'm commonly asked at work and by friends 'how often should I water this?' and unfortunately there is no golden answer because so many variables are present: the position of the plant, how much light, what type of light, the plants size, the size of the pot, what kind of soil is it in. There are a couple of very basic things I do to know if a plant needs water: 1. I'll notice the plants form change, leaves will start drooping and the plant may even look dull. 2. I stick my finger into the soil down to a few cm, if it feels like there is some moisture - don't water. You're a whole lot more likely to kill a plant with too much than too little water, and it's a hell of a lot easier to save a thirsty plant than a drowned one. When I do water I take all my smaller plants outside and drench the soil (think tropical rain), and I 'water' the leaves to wash dust off. For bigger plants that I dont move I try my best to get as much of the soil wet to ensure all roots are kept moist. Happy watering! (4th picture shows the beginning of my 'Neon' growing up the wall inspired by @jamies_jungle if you havent seen his check it out now - it's crazy!)
Coryphantha elephantidens. I've been admiring the new spines emerging from the very woolly centre of this plant. This plant came without an ID so I was happy to stumble across it online recently, however the plant seems to have many synonyms making identification a little tricky.
Pilea peperomioides. With three pups starting to get some decent growth going my Pilea is really starting to fill out.
Peperomia caperata 'Schumi Red'. When I saw this not quite red, not quite silver peperomia earlier this year I just had to bring it home with me. Again I'll back peps as perfect houseplants - this one lives 3m+ away from any window and is incredibly content, consistently sending up flowers
Lobivia arachnacantha. A few yellow flowers to welcome me home this afternoon. It's a bit of a riot of colour out here with all of these plants flowering!
Lithops seedlings. Still in absolute awe of these little things, concocting a plan to get them off the heatmat so I can sow some more seeds, hopefully they handle the move well. The second picture shows 10 seedlings that came from the same seed pod, but just look how different each one is from the next. Some are spotted, some have lined, some have both and one the leaves aren't properly fused together. Not hard to work out which little weirdo may be my favourite
Echeveria lauii. Stood out in the greenhouse all winter and now that everything has moved out into the open, nothing has changed.
What do you do when you have the house all to your self on a Saturday night? Me? I go outside and rearrange my garden. Also included is a beautiful peach striped Echinopsis flower that I bought at last years CSSA Show and it flowered exactly a year on yesterday morning
Here is what I bought home from the Cacti & Succulent Society Show today. Loads of people, hard to move but still very exciting to bring home some unusual plants. I added my first Lophophora (williamsii caepitosa), Conophytum (sp.) and Tephrocactus (papyracantha v. inermis). Also stoked about finding a Mammillaria bocasana cv. Fred and adding my first Haworthia truncata hybrid.
When one garden bed becomes two. Enjoyed an afternoon in the yard shaking things up, everything looks like it's enjoying the longer days with new growth and flowers popping up all over the place
Xanthorrhoea australis. Grass Trees would have to be some of my favourite plants, they've just seen so much time pass. I'd estimate by the size of the larger plants to be around 300 years old. The smaller plant in the photo was a favourite on my trip to the Australian Garden today, would you just look at those twisted flower heads!
Echinoposis spachiana. After watching the flowers open progressively last night I was able to appreciate them properly in the morning light, hopefully they're still open when I get home this afternoon.