Category: my plants



Potato plants decided June was getting too hot. Got a decent harvest, a couple pounds. If we hadn’t had those late frosts, might of had more.


So last week I went to the garden center with my mom because she wanted to get hibiscuses, and I saw they had little pitcher plants and I just had to pick one up. This variety I think is probably
Nepenthes andamana, though the label just said Nepenthes spp. and called it “monkey cup.”

I know they like to be very moist and humid, so I won’t be keeping it next to my two succulents on the left, I just need to rearrange shelving first.

2018 Season Update

New year, new gardening season! I’ve got a full garden this year, and I’m so excited to see everything come up and produce.

I’m trying my hand at more squash this year. I’ve got yellow straight-neck squash in the left bucket, and bush zucchini on the right (had a bit of an issue with squash beetles while I was away, hence the discoloration).

In my west bed I have a bunch of potatoes in the left corner, some herbs in front (mint, lemon balm, thyme), a variety of peppers in the middle and back right corner, and oregano in the front right. Soon the basil should come up, i saw some seedlings yesterday.

My middle garden has most of the tomato plants this year, plus some nasturtium and borage in the middle of them to help keep bugs at bay and bring in bees. Lettuce in the front really took off with the rain we got last week. Green onion, parsley, and red onions all enjoying the sun next to the lettuce, and lavender and hyssop bushes on the right are starting to put out flowers.

My north east bed looks a little empty. The tomato on the left hasn’t grown too much, but the sage is starting to flower. Something ate my cantaloupe seedlings so I had to restart those. There’s a sunflower peaking behind the sage buds, my mom wanted some of the big flowers so I started them in spots around my garden. Rosemary happy as always, needs a trim.

My south east bed is doing pretty great too. Had a bit of an issue with flea beetles on my Japanese eggplant plants, but diatomaceous earth helped a lot. Some garlic still going on either side, nasturtium growing on the left, and more oregano I need to trim back. The pumpkin plant is coming up nicely too next to the fennel in the back left corner.

My raspberry bush has really grown. The second year canes have berries on them now, and the first year canes for this season are shooting up all over.

Last, but not least, is the spinach. For the most part they’ve done pretty well, I’ve had a few rounds of picking leaves already, but they got a bit water logged last week and I was gone so I couldn’t do anything about that. Strawberry plant enjoyed the rain though. A couple of the spinach plants died early on, but in one of the spots I started a sunflower which I’ll transfer to a better place once it’s big enough…some animal around my house likes to eat sunflower seedlings.

My new little setup.

My new little setup.


so last weekend was the local herb and plant festival, and I knew I’d be able to get some rarer succulents the local garden center doesn’t carry (or way overprices them to where I can’t afford them). I also got the pepper plants I needed for my garden this year too at the show, which I’ve done the past couple years now.

So I got myself two succulents I wanted for a long time. A Kalanchoe tomentosa, better known as “silver panda” (on the left), and a Lithops karasmontana (on the right). The silver panda is nice to look at and touch lightly because it’s fuzzy, and lithops just look really weird and cool.

Also, an update on the succulents I’ve been growing by leaf cutting. All of these came from the leaves I collected off the ground at Home Depot last summer, and man have they grown! The three in the little round pots were actually conjoined, I just split them yesterday. It’s so cool growing my own succulents like this…even if it’s been a slow process. I have a little silver panda in there too but it’s barely a centimeter high and still attached to the parent leaf. The   Echeveria “Perle von Nürnberg”  has been really successful since it makes up half the succulents in that pic there.

Since I didn’t get an internship this summer, I’ll be tending to my outdoor garden, which I’ll take some pictures of it once the last seeded things come up.

New Plants! These are both from my uni’s plant…

New Plants! These are both from my uni’s plant sale a couple weeks ago.

The left one is another snake plant, which I got to replace the one I had out here (I took it to my office in the psychology lab I’m in). I got an azalea terra cotta pot and painted it, hopefully the shallower pot will help it fill up more and have more room for shoots eventually. That little shoot in the front I actually had to remove from the bottom of the plant, it had started growing out the drainage hole in the nursery pot. It didn’t actually have a lot of roots connected to it, so I’m not sure how it’ll fare, but hopefully it’ll pull through.

The plant on the right is a rosy milk bush. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the topmost leaves are flecked in red. Also, those things at the base of the plant are actually baby plants, so I can have a lot of these…eventually.


I haven’t posted on this blog in a while, just got busy and winter didn’t have many photo opportunities. I did finally remember to take pics of my succulent cuttings because boy have they grown!

They’ve gotten so big I had to split some bunches so they didn’t crowd each other! I’m going to have to do another split of the echeveria in the small pot, and maybe some of the others which were originally on the same stalk. Pretty cool to see how well they’ve grown from being leaves I picked up in July.

My two newest that I got yesterday. 😊 semperv…

My two newest that I got yesterday. 😊 sempervivum calcareum and echinobivia rainbow bursts.

My Haworthia finally bloomed! I couldn’t…

My Haworthia finally bloomed! I couldn’t get a better photo today bc I had to go into work early, but I was so happy. 😊🌸

In order: • my giant aloe vera (needs repotti…

In order:
• my giant aloe vera (needs repotting asap)
• my experiment growing a pineapple from a discarded top from last summer (also needs repotting).
• and my cactus cuttings with fruit from summertime with small aloe cuttings nesting with it.