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09-06-2010, 08:12 PM
This past year I've started collecting plants for my yard. Living in southern California has afforded me the ability to find some really nice ones so I thought I would share...

String of Pearls (succulent)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs017.ash2/34196_131801873522475_100000779892679_135747_60560 24_n.jpg

Geranium (don't know what kind, I have loads of odd ones)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs017.snc4/34196_131801856855810_100000779892679_135742_56926 13_n.jpg

Desert Rose (another succulent)
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs301.snc4/40403_136631426372853_100000779892679_153785_56854 43_n.jpg
Siam Tulip (not even related to tulips)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs109.ash2/38810_134602226575773_100000779892679_145599_18377 38_n.jpg
Peruvian Daffodil

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09-06-2010, 08:33 PM
Nice and beautiful plants!

09-06-2010, 10:39 PM

09-06-2010, 11:10 PM
This past year I've started collecting plants for my yard. Living in southern California has afforded me the ability to find some really nice ones so I thought I would share...
That reminds me of an interview I saw with Michael Caine one time. He had moved to Southern California and was doing some gardening, but was still used to English seasons.

He went to a plant nursery and picked something out. He asked the nursery guy when he should plant it. The nursery guy told him, "When you get home."

09-06-2010, 11:16 PM
I'd love to see a small edit to your post, adding the names of the plants. Some lovely specimens, and great photographs as well. I'm all jealous.

Maryn, who recognizes only cacti even though she left the desert long ago

09-06-2010, 11:35 PM
When I read the title of this thread, I thought it was going to be about plant "hoarding" or something. ;) [That might be because I just saw a commercial for some awful show called "Confessions of a Hoarder", or something like that...not plant collecting but animals]

Beautiful specimens! I'd also love to know what they are. :) :)

09-07-2010, 12:00 AM
Names added.

My mom would say I'm a plant hoarder. She came over for the first time to see the new house and told me it looked like a nursery.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs052.ash2/35942_136864536349542_100000779892679_154649_51888 66_n.jpg

09-07-2010, 12:06 AM
Thanks for the names! Can I come and camp in your yard?

Maryn, whose garden lives only because she put in native species

Old Hack
09-07-2010, 12:39 AM
Gorgeous! You can grow house-plants in your garden!

I can barely grow garden plants in my garden.

09-07-2010, 01:38 AM
I don't know where you are in SoCal, but check out the Huntington Library plant sales. They're fabulous.

Also--lots of people give away plants via Craig's list--I got all sorts of house plants as well as yard/patio plants, including things like dwarf lemons, and Meyer's Lemons.

09-07-2010, 01:49 AM
those are beautiful, tt, but I told her not to take them from your er neighbor's yard lol. Thx much for sharing!

09-07-2010, 03:32 AM
I'm between LA and San Diego so that sale is pretty close. Wonder if I can wrangle my hubcap into going.

I've only done half the yard so I need more plants. As soon as the new patio is built I'll be adding some trees and anything that catches my fancy. I have a new stand of Mexican Weeping Bamboo. I'm hoping it grows a touch faster than it did this summer. It was cold here.

09-07-2010, 04:06 AM
Bamboo.... No...no...no.

They lower the value of your property because of how they root. You can't just hack them out...you got too root them out and the damn things are near impossible to cut with ordinary yard tools...

I spent a whole summer once digging our yard up and sodding and ... arggg. I still have night mares about that damn bamboo and tools I broke...

09-07-2010, 04:19 AM
There are two different 'kinds'. Runners and clumpers. I've had clumpers for years. In the dry climate out here, they are not a problem.

09-07-2010, 05:52 AM
I'm a plant collector too, mainly daylilies and hostas. I like to breed daylilies, and it's exciting to see what colors, shapes and so forth you can get with a cross. I'm really new to daylily breeding, I made my first crosses two years ago, and had my first seedling bloom this year. Next year the others should bloom, since it usually takes two years from the time the seed germinates to when the plant becomes of blooming age, but this one bloomed young. I also collect various other perennials so when the daylilies are done flowering, I still have other plants blooming.

My boyfriend is having our garage torn down and a new one built, so despite having to have dug everything up I had planted around it, I'm excited to have it finished, because I'll have lots more space for growing a new butterfly/hummingbird garden. I've been researching what types of plants to grow that I don't already have to attract butterflies and for their caterpillars, and flowers for the hummers.

I used to collect houseplants as well, but I can't keep many anymore because my three cats think they have to chew on them. Hoyas are one of my favorites because their flowers smell so freakin' good. If you don't have any hoyas yet, tiny terror, you should give a few a try. They're easy to grow and I've already mentioned their awesome scented flowers.

A pic of my first daylily seedling bloom:


And a little tiny bee hanging out. See the sparkles?


09-07-2010, 07:27 AM
Nice pictures. I've always loved hostas, but strangely enough they're hard to come by out here. Our summers usually get into the hundreds, so they may not like it. But I have a mist system and a great deal of shade so I may order some. We're in process of removing an old fountain and rebuilding the back yard 'architecture'. Still needs a lot of work.

09-07-2010, 07:45 AM
I'm very jealous. Beautiful plants.

Vaguely related - I sat in on a "garden poisons" session at Killer Nashville last month. Turns out about half the stuff my wife is growing around the yard will kill me.


09-07-2010, 07:50 AM
I might wonder the next time she sets a 'salad' in front of you.

09-07-2010, 06:04 PM
Hostas might be short-lived for you, they need a few months of a cold dormancy period to thrive, which I don't think you get there. There are daylilies that are evergreen that would work great for your area, if you were interested in them.

Ya, I have some plants that are poisonous if eaten, rhododendrons and azaleas for example. Some plants their seeds whereas the rest of it is edible (daylilies), and I have one lonely aconitum (monkshood, wolfsbane) that is the most poisonous of all. Just handling any part of the plant can make you sick, or kill you. I grow it for the pretty late summer-fall flowers, and avoid touching it. The pets ignore it.