Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Plant Haul from Urban Jungle

In our post yesterday we featured our visit to Urban Jungle last Saturday. As with any nursery visit, it was inevitable that we brought a few goodies home with us.

First, the pots. For the first time ever we brought home more pots than plants! I'm pot crazy at the moment and they have a wonderful selection there of pots with interesting texture and patterns. Here's just a few of them....


Now on to the plants. First of the lot is plain green Aloe arborescens as I didn't have one prior to this. The only one I had before was its variegated version.


Then a Ficus carica 'Ice Crystal'. Now this fig we have already growing in front of the jungle hut for many years now but the beautiful leaves were calling out to us so just had to get another one.


Next is the Chinese Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus henryana. A climber that we had before but lost during the garden fire a couple of years ago. The leaves remind me of Impatiens omeiana or a climbing version of it.




A hydrangea with large and purple coloured leaves, Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate'.


But my favourite of the lot is this variegated fern. It's not usual to see variegated ferns, (one of which is Arachnoides simplicior) beyond the Japanese painted types so when I spotted this I just had to bring home two. The lovely Coniogramme japonica 'Flavomaculata'.




Nice fern isn't it?

Mark :-)

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  1. this Coniogramme japonica 'Flavomaculata'. is lovely
    i have to find one, now

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    1. Hopefully you can get hold of one soon Antho. Perhaps UJ may be able to ship to you? :)

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  2. Love that fern, but also the Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate'! I'm wondering about the name "Chinese Virginia creeper" -- seems weird. You don't like the "real" Virginia creeper? ;)

    You've got some nice new pots there too, although I feel like I might be able to copy and paste that statement in almost any post you write lately, you've been adding so many pots! :)

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    1. I know Alan, gone crackers with pots especially this year it seems :)

      Funny you mentioned about the Chinese Virginia creeper as such, was just thinking that a few hours ago how odd that plant name is in reference to two different locations...

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  3. The fern is beautiful - the leaves do look as if they have been painted. I've never seen one like this. Glorious pots too.

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    1. First time we've seen those ferns at UJ Ingrid :)

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  4. I am in love with that fern. Haven't seen one quite like it before, but I'll be looking now to see if we have them here.

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    1. I wonder if you have more to choose from with the tropical ferns? Well worth looking in to :)

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  5. So many drool-worthy plants, most of which wouldn't grow here (insert sad face). Aloe arborescens, on the other hand, does. I could have sent you a box full of cutting, LOL.

    I chose to ignore the first photo since I DO NOT want to catch your pot obsession. Note to myself: do not buy new pots do not buy new pots do not buy new pots.

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    1. Don't resist it Gerhard, you need more pots :))

      Funny that Aloe arborescens isn't it? I've regarded it as common and yet didn't have one. Well actually I did have one a few years ago, culled it off my collection, oops!

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  6. I have to avoid nurseries and plant sales this time of year! Hard enough to find space for new plants in the spring--they often languish in pots until I can find a place for them--but in the fall if I can't get them in the ground right away, I don't have the option of overwintering them indoors.

    I've found that like its American cousin Parthenocissus quinquefolia, P. henryana is a rampantly growing, even weedy, vine. I cut mine back, hard, every spring as new growth starts and it still nearly takes over. The foliage is pretty but seems to require fairly deep shade to develop its best color.

    Love that Coniogramme! I have the plain green version and it's been fairly hardy for several years.

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    1. Great to hear about the hardiness of Coniogramme John, very promising! I remember the Parthenocissus being rather fast but I wonder now that given more time if it will be rampant here as well. Although a few fence panels could do with being covered.

      Get yourself resisting for the coming autumn sales :)

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  7. Cool pots! I was looking at some today, too, but ultimately decided against. I love that fern! It looks remarkably similar to one sold as Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra' by Plant Delights in North Carolina. This one might be even more variegated.

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    1. They may even turn out the same Evan? Sometimes cross overs happen but just with different names :)

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  8. Nice choices in both pots and plants. I love that fern and the purple-leaved Hydrangea but I suspect they wouldn't be happy here.

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    1. The fern could be Kris, in shade of course :) but the pots definitely will!

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  9. Oh that fern!,,,Wow! I think if I found it here I might hurt myself having to grab it super fast.

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    1. Thought you'd like that Fern Loree :)

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  10. That's a really lovely fern! You picked up some nice pots too.

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    1. Hopefully it'll be available there too Amy :)

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  11. Great haul but that fern seems to have won everyone's heart including mine.

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  12. Wow, the fern is beautiful! And how many pots!! that is crazy :)

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    1. Not that much this time Lisa, only around 8 :)

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  13. That fern is so cool!. Love the serrated edges. A great selection of new pots too.

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    1. I should have got a couple more of that fern Alison :)

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  14. More pots than plants...I always seem to have a constant imbalance! Which of course requires more shopping! What a great selection of pots and plants....omg a varigated fern....now I am having a plant lust attack!

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    1. Those pots won't be planted now till next year but I quite like the look of them even empty Laurin :) hope you get hold of that fern soon!

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  15. That fern is just wow. That nursery is right up your street - too bad so many other nurseries don't seem to pay so much care and attention to the presentation of their plants. Their staging really helps to sell those plants as far as I'm concerned.

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    1. That's true Michelle. A well staged nursery or plant sales area makes it conducive for browsers to become shoppers!

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  16. That nursery should love you, people! The pots are great, I like all of them, and the plants... so cool!

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    1. And it's a very photogenic nursery as well Tanya :)

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  17. What a fabulous nursery, so jealous it's within 2 hours of you. And Will Giles garden too! I love the fig and wouldn't thinking of harming that beautiful fern by trying to grow it here. Like Gerhard, I'm going to ignore the pots -- I constantly teeter on the brink of a pot obsession myself ;)

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    1. It's so easy enough to get into pot collecting isn't it Denise? It's a fab nursery!

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  18. Well I thought I might buy a bit more stuff at UJ when I was with you but I thought it would be impolite to reduce the space in the car for your purchases :-) A note for all readers:- Just follow these two around and buy what they buy.

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    1. It's a good and dangerous advice Don :)

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  19. Yep, like everyone else I've fallen for the fern. I just love the patterning on the leaves, so graphic! It will be interesting to see how you place and plant your new pots.

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  20. Yes, it is a very nice fern. But I am in love with your Ficus carica 'Ice Crystal.' Is this ficus hardy?

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    1. It's a lovely fig :) yes it's been hardy here so far

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  21. Your plant collection is great and thanks for sharing to all. I have never seen before these kinds of plants. I want to use these plants in my small garden. Can you tell me that will these plants grow in my little garden? Is this idea is perfect for the purpose gardening?

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    1. A pleasure Berry! All plants are hardy with the exception of the aloe and would be great in your garden :)

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