Monday, February 16, 2015

Haworthia pygmaea var. argento-maculata

We had a small turnout but an enjoyable gathering of the Oregon Cactus & Succulent society at our home yesterday. For those in the area, we missed you.
The weather has been amazing for this time of the year. While the rest of the country is suffering extreme cold and, in some cases, lots of snow, we're setting records for warmth. We got toe 64F yesterday and today, and expect the same again for tomorrow. And it's dry, with no rain projected for the next week. Of course, the usual bulbs are flowering like gangbusters, so I guess Spring is on its way.
The program yesterday was on Haworthias so it's appropriate that I share a photo of Haworthia pygmaea var. argento-maculata, grown from seed collected at Cooper's Station.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Echeveria globulosa

This is a very small Echeveria, but what an outstanding form. We've been doing an inventory of our echeverias and we're adding this one.
As for local news, the Oregon Cactus & Succulent Society will be meeting this coming Sunday afternoon, 3 pm, at our house (7009 N Fiske Ave.). I'll be doing a program on haworthias, and all are welcome.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Rhipsalis grandiflora

It's definitely heading toward Spring and flowers are beginning to pop out all over the place. This rhipsalis has a "grand" name but it's grand only in comparison to another rhipsalis - not in comparison to other cacti. However, they offer a nice counterpoint to the more extravagant flowers of some of the other plants. Enjoy your plants!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Rebutia krainziana crest

This is an old crest of a spineless form of Rebutia krainziana. It's one of my favorites of the various crests we have.

In past posts, we have said we were closing the nursery. For old plant people like us, that's easier said than done. We're again taking orders, at least for a couple of months. The listings are being updated this week, but it's a work in progress.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Epicactus 'Reward'

Almost every year, this is our first sign of Spring in the greenhouses. Outside, the snowdrops are going strong and the daffodils almost ready to bloom.
This last week was a terrible week for our cars. We finally gave up on the 1994 Ford Aerostar and now have a 2001 Toyota Sienna. Our old VW Beetle (1974) also left us stranded but it's running again with the replacement of part of the fuel line and filter.
Also this morning I preached again at Northminster Presbyterian Church and I think it went well.
I am so looking forward to Spring!