British Columbia Native Plant of the Day: Angelica lucida
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Common names: seacoast angelica; sea-watch
From the carrot/parsley family this is one of the four Angelicas native here. Grows in coastal areas, either on the beach or up bluffs, or in moist meadowland. Common the entire length of the coast and on Vancouver and Queen Charlotte islands, rare inland populations. From Eurasia across to Alaska, Yukon, NWT, and down into California. Rarer but also found on east coast.
Known for its umbel flowers.
Photo from Wiki Commons Authors: Gordon Leppig & Andrea J. Pickart, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Syn.: Aeranthes gracilis
January 30, 2014
British Columbia Native Plant of the Day: Dicentra uniflora
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Common names: longhorn steer’s-head; steer’s head
The lesser known of the two species of bleeding heart native to BC. It grows on dry, gravelly slopes and open meadows at higher elevations. Only found in the southern interior and then down into much of the Western United States.
Known its flower which somewhat resembles a cattle skull. It has small but pleasant ferny foliage growing from underground fleshy roots.
Photo from Wiki Commons Author: Wallace Keck
Propagating cuttings in a plastic container: plug and forget method
I have 20 acres with approx. 3 acres of gardens. In order to fill up all my gardens I had to take a lot of cuttings. I have an easy fail proof way of taking cuttings.
1. Buy a plastic tote with a lid. Preferably as clear plastic as you can get.
2. Then I fill about 2 to 3 inches of soilless medium. (ie. 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite).
3. I then make the medium damp, not soggy, but it does have to be damp through and through (peat takes a bit of time to absorb water…remember that). For the size container I have in the below photo, I use one full ice cream bucket of rain water or pond water, and that seems to be the perfect amount.
4. Dip your cuttings into the growth hormone, place them in the medium. I usually make my hole first with a pencil and then tamp the soil around the cutting a bit.
5. Place the lid on and forget them for several months. I do my cuttings in Oct or Nov and don’t remove the cuttings until May or June. I will peek in the container on occasion to ensure there is enough moisture in the mix.
aaah! yeah this method right here seems worth testing, it reminds of the method i used with the difference that mine weren´t covered.
i am a bit worried that the keept in moisture will do damage, if it freezes down. I would probably make a few drainage/moisturizing holes. Or maybe this is not meant for propagation in cold weather
Moss and grasses, for me they are two of the most amazing plants
Christmas greetings 2013
Photo courtesy of Josh*m.
Gentiana glauca aka Glaucous Gentian and Inky Gentian. Family Gentianaceae. Native to northwestern North America (distribution map). Hardy in zones 4-7.
It starts blooming just before winter - helleborus.
In the morning