Some dainty Heather (#ericaceae
family) seen at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa for this surprise rainy day in NYC. Kirstenbosch is one of the few places on earth that actually looks even more beautiful in cloudy, moody weather.
DM me if you'd like to get on the waitlist for our botanical adventure to South Africa in 2019.😘
I'm a self proclaimed Plant Lady who also has cats. Does anyone else refer to themselves that way too?
As I was typing this, one of my cats found me and snuggled in for a nap. 🍃🤷🏻♀️😺 #hemleva
You know the feeling after you go on a shopping spree, you have new fave outfits you wear for a while, they become a part of you....a part of your new identity.. Then you have one of those self reflection moments and you can't think what on earth you used to wear before? 😆
Thats how i feel about my plants. I cant remember what i did before my plants. 🤔 What did i spend all my spare time on? It certainly wasnt; constantly cleaning dirt from my fingernails, repotting, experimenting with cuttings, trying to interior plant design friends' houses, hunting down my next plant, scoping out nurseries, or constantly rearranging my pots like a mad person.
I quite enjoy my hobby and i dont think i need to remember what life was like before. I find peace when im gardening and surrounded by my #plantfam
. The beauty in plants is awe inspiring. Take this #watermelonpeperomia
for example, why does it look like a 🍉? What is it's purpose in life?
But what a great way to relax, unwind and have some 'me time'. Its nice to stop, admire and focus on something else, nurture it and see it grow. Don't you agree? 📷 Featured here is a #peperomiaargyreia
what a great shot.
It’s been a while since I posted a Travel Tuesday image. This is a view from last summer’s trip to Tibet. Our group is setting out for a day’s medicinal plant hunting. The altitude is around 3600m and we had been staying in a little hotel in a remote village in the grasslands of Amdo.
This photo immediately takes me back to the huge skies, the scent of the Artemisia, the intensity of the sun, the thin air and the sound of the sky larks. And the yaks, (technically Dzomo and Dri) everywhere, grazing and chatting amongst themselves. Their behaviour reminded me more of a flock of sheep than our European highly bred bovines who munch silently and methodically in their lush lowland pastures..
When we stepped off the road we were walking through a living medicine chest. Everywhere there were medicinal wild plants and each one had it’s own special properties and actions. Every so often there was a familiar ‘friend’ like Silverweed or Potentilla anserina. In Tibet, Silverweed is known as ‘Droma’ or གྲོ་མ།. The little tubers are dug up and added to fresh yak yoghurt as a delicious sweet and crunchy accompaniment specific to the grasslands. It’s considered a ‘long life food’.
My original Tibetan Medicine teacher, Khenpo Troru Tsenam, had spent many years incarcerated and subjected to forced labour during the dark days of the cultural revolution. He had survived by gathering roots and herbs as food and medicine for himself and fellow inmates. He didn’t talk much about this time and he didn’t tell us about the exact herbs he gathered but I’m sure that Droma was one of them. 🍃
#traveltuesday #tibet #tibetanmedicine #sowarigpa #foraging #medicinalplants #herbs #silverweed #potentillaanserina #himalayas #travel #travelphotography #highaltitude #trekking #planthunter #qinghai #amdo
Engraving after an engraving after a drawing by Sydney Parkinson!
SEATTLE • Renegade Craft Fair is this weekend! If you need me, I'll be in my office, blasting the AC, drinking Cold Brew, and getting so much good stuff ready. 🍃💚 #hemleva #renegadeseattle #rcfprocess
This pin by @mostpulp
speaks to me. Her love for lichen gives me life!!! I adore it! 💚🌿 Paired with Let’s Trade cuttings pin. A lovely plant person combo!
Hippeastrum papilio. An epiphytic bulb species... you’ve read this correctly. This specimen is grown outdoors in my garden in Melbourne, epiphytically on a Yucca elrphantipes, alongside epiphytic orchids (Dendrobium speciosum), bromeliads (Billbergia and Aechmea species) and an epiphytic fern (Phlebodium aureum). Most Hippeastrum are better known for the complex hybrids developed utilising their terrestrial counterparts, with few people aware of the presence of a handful species which have developed epiphytic capabilities.
Considering many epiphytes are either succulent, CAM photosynthesizors (drought tolerant, utilising similar moisture-efficient photosynthetic/metabolic processes shared with many desert succulents/cacti) or tolerate variations between coherent wet/dry seasons in habitat, it seems reasonable that a ‘bulb’-type species may experience certain success in an epiphytic mode.
The roots of this species resemble those of many epiphytic orchids, through being encompassed by a highly specialised, rapid moisture-absorbent, layer of cells called velumen.
These cells allow roots to absorb moisture directly from air or fleeting rain events, when fully exposed to the atmosphere.
It is no small coincidence the flowers resemble those of epiphytic/lithophytic orchids, being that these species share aerial habitat, drawing upon and competing for the same pollinators.
Shape, colour, angle of presentation and location of pollen-bearing portions, need to be suitable for pollinators on the wing or of a certain size, to be attracted to- and access the flowers without wings becoming entangled in foliage, etc.
Convergent evolution (shared traits developed independently in separate, unrelated, species) is not due to a ‘plan’, ‘purpose’ or ‘mind’ driving such unfoldings... rather the survival of offspring retaining traits that ‘work’ in increasing survival/success in a given environment and community, notably when dependency on another, constituent species is factored in.
It’s a beautiful process.
The Bird of Paradise pin was inspired by my trip to Maui. Each time I see it, I'm reminded of sunny days on the beach and walking through tropical plants on the hunt for waterfalls and quiet secluded spots.
Today we charted a boat to go Wild Salmon fishing. We caught a few fish, let a few go, had a lot of laughs with friends, and got more than enough Vitamin D. It's so nice to be able to take some time off of work to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. 🐟💦 #hemleva
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sampling and meeting the producers of one of the most exotic of forest health foods. A product so rare it almost falls into the unlikely category. And yet, here it is; birch syrup is ridiculously good - insane flavours of butterscotch, banana, honey and so much more. Though I have been supplying the raw birch water/sap to the 🇬🇧 market for over 7 years, I had yet to ever taste its resulting syrup. You see, because birch water/sap is only slightly sweet (something like 0.7 - 1.4% sugar) you need a considerable amount of it to make any syrup. Something like 100 - 140 litres of the birch water are needed to make just 1 litre of the syrup. Compare that to Maple syrup (made from the Sweet 🍁 tree) for which only 40-50 litres of the tree’s water are required to make 1 litre of the syrup. Drinking fresh birch water is a wonderful experience, but it merely only hints of sweetness. Slowly simmered down over many long hours however, everything becomes awesomely concentrated. The minerals, phytonutrients (including betulinic acid), and it’s sugar profile gradually become delectably complex and rich. In fact, now concentrated to such significant amounts, birch syrup is astoundingly rich in many trace minerals, and surprisingly, is one of the world’s richest sources of calcium. Ignoring the big price difference I would choose birch syrup over maple syrup any day of the week 🤙🏽 Thanks for the tour guys.
A small hydrangea plant in front of the house next to my apartment block, from this morning versus - oh lord, almost a month ago. We’re truly in the midst of a scorching summer. Still a peculiar beauty to these wilting hydrangeas - palest pink and green in flower petals are just a bit unusual.
Ludisia discolor. Here it is, my final post for the species, of a mega colony I never seem to get used to, regardless of how frequently I glance at it via peripheral vision on a daily basis.
Being close to a meter in length, it may be time to divide it.
I grow this species in a mixture of 70% medium grade orchid potting mix, and either 30% high quality potting mix and or 20% potting mix and 10% medium grade diatomite. The latter provides increased moisture retention and drainage, simultaneously in conjunction with a natural anti-root pest control (diatomite dust is also used as a gut worm control in bovine/horse feed). It is a relatively forgiving species in regards to potting media.
The second image illustrates foliage size and density whilst the third image presents the rhizome thickness and overall size of an individual plant.
Humidity is moderately high and stable, grown close to the ground. These plants experience a minimum winter temp of 7-10dC and a maximum summer high of 40-45dC (during extreme exposures). Diurnal (day-night) temperature fluctuations are frequently 10-20dC through winter and spring.
This species receives mycorrhizal and bacterial inoculants once or twice per year, in conjunction with weekly foliar feeds of a balanced NPK and trace elements fertiliser at circa 10% recommended dose, often alternated with Seasol tonic (weak, weekly is the motto). Potted in a wide bonsai dish on mounded, mossy earth, amidst jagged (upright) limestone rocks, comes to mind as a wonderful aesthetic for this species.
With an exciting summer ahead of us, we have plenty of developments and new articles that are sure to interest you. Our most recent hunt articles give you the inside scoop into our favourite and most special plants. In our shop you can find these articles and more! #green #plants #plantpower #planthunter #succulents
RUBRA VAR. MACRANTHA 🖖
Arbusto o "pequeño árbol" de flores color rojo o rosado. Con respecto a la flor si son perfumadas pero piola, y no tengo idea de en que fecha florecen encontré información contradictoria, o quizás no corresponde a nuestro hemisferio. Pero en lo que si coinciden es que cuando florecen son de larga duración.
, originaria de América del sur, sobre todo, Chile y los Andes 🇨🇱💖 Puede medir hasta 2 mt. pero la que yo me tope era una baby de apenas unos 40 cm de alto. Aguanta bien el sol directo y es resistente a las sequías. Soporta todo tipo de suelos, exceptuando los calcáreos. 🌿 Sus hojas alternas, con borde biserrado con dientes y el envés glanduloso. Se utiliza en setos o en macizos.
Buenas noticias! Multiplicación: acodo en otoño, esqueje en verano. Las estacas enraizan bien bajo niebla y responden marcadamente a los tratamientos con ácido indolbutírico (hormonas de enraizamiento que por cierto tengo para vender bolsitas a $1000 😚 ). VIERNES Y FINDE LARGO 🤘
💞💞💞 #planthunter #urbanjungle #plantlover #livingwhitplants #escalloniarubra #plants
Hi! I'm Patti and here are 5 facts about me:
1. I find everything interesting which means I feel compelled to document with my camera. 📷
3. I love visiting small towns. ✌
4. I live on the longest freshwater beach in the world ♡ #wasagabeach #GeorgianBay
5. I am on a wellness journey. The struggle is real! I know you understand that but I continue to chip away at it. 💪