1 Wilmer has been busy in the berry patch pruning all of the various berries. Here he is thinning out the currant bushes, removing dead wood and low-growing horizontal branches. This stimulates new vertical growth and provides good air circulation.
2 These are the black raspberry canes, which get treated much like a climbing rose. Wilmer did a very nice job of pruning dead wood and intertwining the canes along their wire supports.
3 Inside the greenhouse, a very special flower is blooming.
4 This is Amorphophallus, also known as the corpse flower. It's commonly thought that flowers should smell good, however, this one is reminiscent of the odor of a decomposing mammal - not too pleasant!
5 Perched upon one tall column is a split-leaf philodendron - bipinnatifidum, sedum morganianum - donkey tail, and rhipsalis capilliformis - old man's beard.
6 Upon another column is a staghorn fern and a couple of plant 'collages.'
7 These 'collages' are delicate orchids and Spanish moss mounted upon slabs of cork bark.
8 These plants are epiphytes, which means they do not need to grow in soil, but attach themselves non-parasitically onto objects, like trees and even rocks.
9 I showed you this plant, medinilla magnifica, on last week's blog. You can see how the flower is beginning to cascade. I simply love this specimen!
10 A gorgeous Iwannagara Apple Blossom, a member of the cattleya family of orchids
11 An amazing lady slipper orchid
13 And another
14 A delicate epimedium orchid
15 A pretty phalaenopsis
16 Phalaenopsis are also known as moth orchids because they resemble a moth in flight.
17 An unusual mix of pink and orange
18 A phalaenopsis cultivar, possibly 'Aphrodite'
19 You may recall my recent blog posting about repotting the stephanotis. Well, the plants are starting to bloom and does it ever smell great walking past these waxy flowers!
20 Echeveria 'Paul Bunyon' - This unusual succulent plant has leaves that are covered with warty bumps.
21 Several echevaria agavoides
22 Aeonium canariense
23 These echeveria prolifica were all grown from cuttings. With their silvery-green leaves, these miniature rosettes form an excellent ground cover.
24 This is an agave in a really great terracotta pot.
25 Euphorbia 'Medusa' forms a twisting, crawling mass of snake-like branches! This intriguing succulent from South Africa grows scaly arms that can reach 3 feet long. It's named for the Greek mythological monster who had snakes for hair.
26 This succulent is senecio, a genus grown for their decorative foliage. Senecio haworthii, or cocoon plant, has cocoon-shaped leaves thickly covered with silvery white hairs.
27 Opuntia variegated is a type of prickly pear cactus.
28 A trio of shaggy cactus
29 This table holds my topiary collection.
30 This pair of great urns are planted with a type of sedum, commonly known as stonecrop. Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants that make great ground covers.
31 One long table is devoted to all of the new seedlings Ryan has been sprouting.
32 My nephew, Charlie Plimpton, is 'borrowing' some greenhouse space for his seedlings. He's a hummingbird lover and these are all flowering plants that hummingbirds are drawn to.
33 Walking from one greenhouse to another. This is where vegetables are grown in the ground all winter long.
34 Ryan has done a really fine job of growing yummy organic produce for me, my family, and my friends to enjoy.