Saturday, December 13, 2014

Of Squirrels, Lithops and Agaves

Innocent enough looking isn't it? Don't let it deceive you, because all kinds of mischief is going on inside that little brain. This winter they have been especially good at trying to chew their way into our attic. That battle continues.

But, worse than that, they have discovered one of our greenhouses. Our first evidence was the Lithops. They got into the greenhouse at night and ate 90% of the Lithops, leaving just empty shells scattered about the bench.

We patched the holes and thought we had won the battle of wits. No such luck. Two new holes dug in under the outside edge of the greenhouse. This time they decided the agaves were haute cuisine. And their tastes run to the more expensive, rarer varieties. This is war!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Quick Note

First, an apology for not posting recently. Other things keep getting in the way, and I don't have any new photos to post.
Second, for those who are interested and are local, I will be preaching again at Northminster United Presbyterian Church this Sunday at 10 am. Northminster is one block west of N. Greeley Ave. on N. Rosa Park Way.
Peace.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Record for Cold

We set another record for cold weather this time of the year: 19 degrees F (-7.2 C). The record had been in 1955 with 20 F. I looks like we'll get back to normal weather by Tuesday.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New "Cactus Chatter" now online

As the editor of the Oregon Cactus & Succulent Society newsletter this is a note to let people know that the latest newsletter is now available to download in pdf format here.

The cold weather is hanging on, record cold for this time of year. This is more like the weather we sometimes get in January.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Winter Chill has Arrived!

We've been having a very mild Fall but we got a sudden blast of cold today. Usually, when the Midwestern and Mountain state get an arctic cold mass moving south, we get the spill-over in the form of East winds down the Columbia River Gorge. This is a little early, but typical. So...I spent much of today getting the greenhouses all closed up. We're expecting a low tonight and tomorrow night of 27F(-1.6C), along with some fairly strong wind gusts. I'll be glad when we get back to our milder weather.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Haworthia cooperi var. pilifera ex. MBB6565

The two plants above have been grown from the same batch of seeds in exactly the same soil and conditions. In fact they have been growing adjacent to each other in the same tray. We will wait and observe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Senecio haworthii (Cacoon Plant)

Not that rare, but that doesn't really matter, does it? (It is considered threatened in it South African habitat.) We collect plants because we enjoy being in the company of that particular plant, and sometimes just because the form of the plant catches our fancy. That's certainly the case with this plant, which we've grown for about 40 years, just because it is what it is. No other reason needed.