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March 2017



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there's just one thing that i've got to know: can you tell me please, who won?

I really can't express how awesome the Logee's greenhouses are. They are not accessible, which anybody going there needs to be aware of. Access is down a steep flight of stairs, and the walkways are just about wide enough for one person who is either small or careful. Moving through the greenhouses involves a lot of careful ducking under branches and sidling past overgrown bushes: it's a jungle in there, literally.

There's room for mature citrus trees (I assume they're pruned at the top to keep them from pushing through the roof, but one grafted specimen (lemons, oranges, tangerines) was at least ten feet tall.) and there are kumquats and buddha's hand and just about everything else you could imagine. The stock plants are the real joy, of course, because they're just sort of out in the greenhouse growing madly away, mixed in with everything else, while the propogated cuttings are what you take home (so you get to meet the parent plant, in other words, and get an idea of what a mature specimen of the baby in the little 2.5" pot might look like.).

And the smell. Not just the green moist verdancy of a conservatory, but redolent of spices and flowers. There was one red tubelike flower that smelled exactly of cinnamon candies, arrestingly. Nobody knew what it was, because it wasn't in the current catalog. But it was strongly enough scented that I stopped in my tracks and cast around in circles until I figured out what smelled so good.

Also, there's jasmine and various false jasmines, at least one rose that we found in bloom, tropical flowers galore (oh, god, the hibiscus made me covet yes), tea and coffee plants (bunches of varieties of teas (Camellia sinensis)), plus all sorts of other random goodies.

I was hoping for more succulents. I love weird succulents.

I wonder how big this Ficus will get, with love and conversation. Apparently the mistletoe fig is a slow grower, but I have time.

Reminds me, I need to buy plant food.

I'm thinking of all this now because the jasmine plant woke up about fifteen minutes ago, and my apartment smells fantastic now.

And now I need to walk down to the Shaw's and buy laundry detergent so I can wash my clothes. I guess I could pick up the plant food there, as well.

Ahh, the glamour!


I love jasmine. We had one inside till it got too big and now it's eight fall tall out on the garage wall and smells marvellous. We also have four lavenders in the herb garden - one at each corner - which fill the patio with scent on summer evenings. The garden is already heavy with bees. I love bees.
I love watching them go about their business...
Before I moved in with an apiarist, I assumed they were this huge collective machine-like hive mind that knew exactly what it was doing. But no. They're crap. They make a mess of their hives (they are doing it in the dark, after all), run out of room, have to move house...
I've got a ficus that I acquired when I came to Philadelphia in 1984. It has grown into increasingly large pots. It's now ceiling height, and gets trimmed back every year or two. It gets thrown1 outside in the summer, which it seems to like. It got red spider mite one summer when it didn't rain much, but that cleared up with simple water misting. Spider mites hate humidity.

It will probably outlive me.

1. For values of 'thrown' ~= 'lugged'. Plant and clay pot (clay was a mistake) probably weigh > 150 lbs.
I need to see these greenhouses - I would be doomed, doomed! Do they ship?

As for jasmine....there's no smell more elusive, more haunting to me, than jasmine. Have you noticed that there's not a single perfume, cologne, or essential oil that truly gets the scent right? It's always too powerful, too "in your face," too cloying. Jasmine is none of these things.

Yes, they ship

Mmm. I wants a Ficus.

And possibly some kind of dangly fern. There seems to be a screw in my ceiling that would nicely hold a decorative little iron hook, which would nicely hold a put that could nicely hold a fern...
I've been hearing about their greenhouses for years -- I'm so glad they really were cool! :)

A proper greenhouse is on my list for "someday" too, but in the meantime I'm feeding the urge with 10 to 20-gal terrariums of mini orchids on sticks from Andy's Orchids. Yes, they do mail order. Keeps the cats out and I can add good light -- everything just has to be really tiny.

I'm currently obsessed with this guy's idea: Nano Viv. (scroll down about a third of the page)
(Are you *sure* that isn't a cloning tube?)