The rain is back in SF and the plants are getting a good washing. Funny…I thought some plants had purple foliage, but turns out…just a lot of dust on them. Poking around between the drops we spotted these small patches. … Continue reading →
Yesterday morning we discovered that our Strelitzia nicolai (Giant Bird of Paradise) took some heavy damage. So what?!? …did one of those big raccoons fall on it? Hum… So below is the last photo of our plant (it’s the dead … Continue reading →
While making sure I spelled Hootenanny correctly I learned that besides meaning party it can also, “refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown. In this usage it was synonymous with thingamajig or whatchamacallit“. I’m going to start saying, … Continue reading →
Third Tuesday of the month = the SF Succulent and Cactus Society meeting. The format was different this month. Members brought in new plants they recently acquired or currently cultivating.Front and center is a Mammillaria sp…the white cactus. To the … Continue reading →
I got a case of Staghorn Fern Fever and these guys hanging out in Golden Gate Park has the cure. The top bunch can be found in the Primitive Plant Section in the Strybing Arboretum, but don’t touch…….cuz they may have tracking devices. I heard about this, but thought it was an urban legend.
Staghorn Ferns - Platycerium bifurcatum
You’ll also find Stags in the Australian section (above) and I remember seeing some near the old Redwoods. Staghorns…also known as Elkhorn Ferns in some parts…will attach themselves to trees, but don’t actually leach any nutrients from their host tree. It’s strictly just for support.
Mounted Staghorn Fern
BTW, I’m getting excited for the Staghorn Mounting Class we are teaching tonight. Above is one of my old school experimental mounting techniques. Now we use all sorts of reclaimed wood.