the gates of hell

the gates of hell
The Gates of Hell

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Double-duty weirdness

I'm in heaven (in hell)! Turns out "little brother" (shorter, to left) is also A. tortuosum. After 2 attempts, I'm having no luck at all with A. consanguineum, and may or may not try planting it again. Perhaps I'll try A. nepenthoides next instead.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Devil's Hat

aka Butterbur (an unplanned addition, courtesy of Jungle Fever Exotics); this plant looked unhappy for a week, but seems right at home in hell now, reportedly invasive, will have to keep my eye on it (contained with bamboo barrier for now)

Arisaema on the hunt

And today its waist high and whipping its tongue across the patio!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Arisaema emergence

My cobra lily survived another year! Its about hip-high now, including the black tongue reaching to the top of the photo. Last weekend it was only 4" tall. That's mayapple/american mandrake to the lower right, and a second Arisaema just beginning to emerge at lower left, about a third of the way up. First year for that one. These plants are so cool!
Arisaema tortuosum
Arisaema tortuosum

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

sinogrande update

Something chewing on the end of the leaf buds (slugs? don't know) has had quite an effect. Its becoming more and more obvious how much as the leaves continue to enlarge (and turn from soft white/silver toward mature green). I think this poor plant lost a third of each leaf. Next year I'll try to prevent this somehow...