Plants 365, week 29 + 30

Week 29 + 30? Are you fucking kidding me.

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Hi! I’m Jenn – botanist, CEO, potty mouth.

This is my “plant diary”, where every day for the entire year I will log my experience with plants. I’m not sure what that’s actually going to look like, but it doesn’t really matter – I just want to talk plants.

But first, here’s a little context about me: I fucking love Champagne. I don’t really like reading fiction but can digest it in the podcast form. I listen, read and observe a lot. I happily overeat carbs. I call myself a botanist because I have been a professional (as in, I pay my bills by) horticulturist for the past 15 years. The past 4+ years I have been researching plants with indigenous Mayan and Garifuna cultures in Belize – mostly focusing on organically farmed Cacao theobroma and jungle-grown Yam root. This means lots of time spent working on family farms, lots of jungle hikes, lots of eating weird things and even a bot fly in the arm (I dare you to google bot fly). Vanilla planifolia and Crocus sativus are my jam right now. My hands-on background is florals, farming, herbalism, horticulture and jungle growth. I’ve dabbled in greenhouse growing (3 years in community college, greenhouse management degree), grafting and stone work. I’d like to practice bonsai more. I’m terrible at grammar. I love holistic approaches, but loathe buzzwords and “internet experts”. I could spend less money on crystals. I should do more yoga. I am meditating more. I get angry at Terry Gross, but then fall back in love each week. Reality TV shows are a must. Woodford on the rocks with a twist and a cherry. Hip hop keeps me human. Kale is king.

Why write this? Because I want to remember and reflect on the time I spend with plants.

Ok. Here we go.

Thursday, July 16th 2015 – HMB

I divided the black Iris in the front garden – holy shit – so many! I pulled them up with a pitchfork, loosening the soil along the way. For such huge plants, it’s kind of amazingly that they come out so easily. I hope next Spring they bloom more then this year… either way I am going to replant them more in the foreground.

Datura is starting to poop out…

Friday, July 17th 2015 – HMB

I finally learned how to grow Lupine! Less water – waaay less water! Seriously, I have spent 15 years trying to grow Lupine and they have all unceremoniously died.

Not this time. This time, they are super happy and flowering.


Saturday, July 18th 2015 – HMB

Working in the shop… very excited to start training my new shop gals. The giant Citrine crystal is lit up from the inside, all of a sudden! Good vibes in here…

Sunday, July 19th 2015 – HMB

In the shop, having fun, working with fresh new folk! Busy day!

Monday, July 20th 2015 – HMB, Redwood City

Working on a great little job in Redwood City… so hot today! But the plant material is mostly in larger sizes so nothing is really wilting or unhappy.

Tuesday, July 21st 2015 – HMB, Redwood City

Back at it in RWC – the 24″ Pistache tree is gorgeous! Snuggled right up to the 15 gallon Brugsmansia.


Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 – HMB, Redwood City, Hillsborough

The black Sweet Peas at the Dean’s are absolutely stunning. These were planted in a 4″ size and they have exploded over the past 6 weeks. Very little powdery mildew, too. No staking needed – just tousled.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 – HMB

‘Terra Cotta’ Yarrow.

Friday, July 24th 2015 – HMB

Fuck global warming. This hot weather sucks. 

Saturday, July 25th 2015 – HMB, Pacifica

I added more fans to the shop since the flowers were wilting so fast! Karl the Fog – come back!

Our potted Lobelia look so cute right now… filling out the little terra cotta pots beautifully. That’s what is so nice about popping in little annual plugs in the summer time.

Sunday, July 26th 2015 – HMB, Pacifica

Flower soup with Charlotte!

Monday, July 27th 2015 – HMB, San Mateo

If you drive west bound on HWY 92 in the evening this time of year, the Stock flowers are in full bloom and the scent mixed with the irrigation smells amazing.

Soil, water, warm evenings and cut flowers.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015 – HMB

Why do bits of foliage on Lavender plants just die? I can rule out bugs, dog pee, owner stupidity and weather. I guess water is all that’s left… hmm. 

Wednesday, July 29th 2015 – HMB

I’m getting really lusty towards Mangoes this time of year…

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