Author Archives: Andrew

About Andrew

Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.

Random pictures from the Toronto Zoo

Went to the zoo yesterday. Here are some picture. Some of plants, a few more of animals. Wollemi Pine – This plant was not looking too great earlier in the year but has recovered very well and I was happy … Continue reading

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New Plant – Red Mangrove / Rhizophora mangle

Fairly inexpensive for a propagule like one of these so might be worth trying. They can (apparently, I’ve had these only for a number of hours now) tolerate a wide range of conditions from fresh (with extra Magnesium) to brackish … Continue reading

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Kaempferia pigmea

This is another plant I received last month from Gardino. It has recovered extremely well. Kaempferia pigmea When it arrived the only thing visible was a single emerging leaf, white from a month in a box and limp. After watering … Continue reading

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New Plant: Alocasia zebrina

Alocasia zebrina “tigrina” I’ve been eyeing this one for a while now. It went on sale and now it’s mine. Hoping to have good luck keeping off the spider mites this winter.

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Amorphophallus atroviridis

This was one of the plants I received from Gardino last month. Just arrived, already sprouting. Showing the patterened petiole. Leaf uncurling. Detail of the open leaf showing the beautiful pink edges around a dark green velvety textured leaf. I’ve … Continue reading

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Foliage Followup – August 2011

I went out yesterday with thoughts of Bloom Day in my head and just ended up taking lots and lots of pictures of foliage. Agave ‘Blue Glow’ with Agave geminiflora behind. Agave ‘Kissho Kan’ Agave ‘Sharkskin’ with Anacampseros rufescens in … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2011

Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ – Still blooming well, the two stalks are nearly finished, one more just showing colour and three green ones coming up. Wasn’t really expecting it to last this long and thrilled that it is. Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’ – … Continue reading

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Plant I.D. – some sort of Papyrus?

This was growing as a weed in one of our grasses. I’ve dug it out and want to grow it but if it’s a bad weed maybe not, otherwise interested in care etc. Edit – while interesting it’s not with … Continue reading

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Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’

Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ New plant. Got it super cheap, hope I’ve got the drainage for it. Tangentially related: At work we sort the perennials by common name. Sometimes this results in unfortunate combos like Peony, Phlox, Pincusion Flower (can you … Continue reading

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Monarda ‘Fireball’

Monarda ‘Fireball’ First I suppose there’s the fact I’ve never seen a fireball that’s hot magenta-pink before. I suppose there’s always a chance the plant I got was mis-tagged but I see some sites out there showing a picture of … Continue reading

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