The Front Yard


With all this heat and rain, lots of my plants out front are pretty happy, including the Amorphophallus. One of my Dioscorea elephantipes seedlings rotted with all the wet, however, so I finally poked holes in some of my trays so nothing would float around in rainwater for hours on end.

Many of my plants, despite not getting enough light, are growing quite happily.


This Achimenes 'Ambroise Verschaffelt' is about to start flowering. The flowering portion is from one of four rhizomes I planted. It's the only one that has whorled leaves--that is, it has three leaves around a single node. The other three growths have opposite leaves--two leaves directly opposite one another on the node. My horticulturalist friend says it's nothing to get all goo-goo about, but I find it fascinating.

These succulent planters are some of the happiest plants. They get the most heat and light and have excellent drainage.

The Stapelia grandiflora is even starting to bloom again for me!

And this Aloe. The ink on the label disappeared after exposure to the elements. I probably have its name somewhere (and it might be an intergeneric cross), but I'll have to do some digging.

"Tiny Tom" the tomato is flowering like whoa. I just potted him up a little, but with all the strong winds and storms rolling through these past few weeks, he's lost a few leaves and looks a little unkempt. But never fear, there are mini tomatoes growing and tons of flowers! He travels with me to farmers' markets when I do info sessions for DC State Fair.

This is Seemannia nematanthodes 'Evita.' It was seriously forced onto me, but it's growing fine--I think it could use more sun.

Here's where I stuck all the bigger potted plants--on the left side of my landlord's stairs. Some Colocasia esculenta, Canna indica 'Red Stripe,' my Yucca guatemalensis, and my mixed planter with all the Plectranthus, Tradescantia, Breynia disticha 'Roseo-Picta,' and Callisia fragrans.


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4 Responses to The Front Yard

  1. I am with you on being fascinating leave patterns! I love my leaves now!!! :)
    Gorgeous sux!!!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I started growing nonedibles almost strictly for their interesting leaves--I never trust myself to get things to bloom, so I like variegation or interesting growth habits more. This Achimenes gives me that, plus flowers!

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  2. Wonderful plantings! I love what you've created there! Re: the tall plant in your slow pot....is it kalanchoe beharensis? Sure would love growing some in my ranchero garden!!

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    1. Karen, I'm almost certain this is Kalanchoe bracteata 'Silver Teaspoons.' It is, perhaps, a more domesticated-looking version of K. beharensis, which looks like it might chew a boar's face off.

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