Monday, March 31, 2014

the high gardens

The gorgeous plant in the center is from cuttings taken  from my mother's "hohoya" plant in '93. That's what she called it anyway. Hers used to get little sprigs of pink flowers, but mine never has. 

Does anyone know it's real name? I'm fairly certain she grew this from cuttings she brought back from her trip to Hawaii. My mother, the eco-terrorist~!

It was barefoot warm today for the first time this year. I took most of the houseplants out onto the master deck and got the first seeds into the planters. There will be serious hanging gardens up here this year. First in, moonflowers and grape hyacinths. And that black swamp in the distance will be Caribbean blue in no time.

It looks like the gardenias and bougainvillea didn't make it through the harsh winter. ... I'm going to get some kind of chair and table out here so I can sit outside in the morning light.

8 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

EEE...you have one too?????
i have no idea...i was given little stumps of starts maybe 6, 7 years ago and yes....my most magnificant
house plant...well, i only have two.
Funny...i've never done well with houseplants...i forget them mercilessly. but this one doesn't care...has it's own agenda, needs close to nothing to Thrive.
i'll post a pic of it on the blog...it's been doing something different in the last week or so...different kind of leafing. the person that gave me the starts had those pink blossoms on hers. this one never.
love this VIEW of yours....i like seeing where you stand or sit, looking...
xoxo

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Does it have leathery, succulent type leaves? It looks like it could be a Hoya. My mother had one too and I only remember it ever blooming once. It had sticky, pinky/white flowers. She had it growing in a west window, so it got very intense light. Arlee would probably know for sure.

arlee said...

:) Hoya: let it grow into a support--moss or bark covered, never cut off the flower spurs, moist soil, medium light, cool in the winter

Jeannie said...

I have one too that was cuttings from my Aunt. Her's always blooms, mine never has and it is at least 7 years old. I think I keep mine too dry - joys of gardening in the desert. Love the idea of you sitting there in the morning light.

Ms. said...

Hoya definitely
My neighbor had his for thirty years growing all around and in his front apartment window...it flowered seldom...but, when he died, it went up to Massachusetts with his x wife, my friend, and grows on in the hot tub room which has a glass wall. It flowers many times...tiny lavender-pink blossoms. It seems tobe indestructible.

Bookhandler said...

The flower form of a hoya is called an "umbel," an inflorescence, shaped kind of like an umbrella with the flowers at the ends of the spokes. I came across the word "umbel" yesterday and thought I'll never get a chance to use it, but here is my opportunity.

Deb said...

good scrabble word! UMBEL

Terry Grant said...

Yes, a Hoya. Everyone in my family has at least one, all from cuttings from my grandmother's Hoya ages ago. The blossoms smell very sweet and always make me think of my G'ma Hazle.