Plants 365, week 26 + 27

Week 26 + 27! Read below about what my garden is all about the past couple weeks…

New to this page or missed some of Plants 365 and want to catch up? I recommend starting from the beginning with week 1.

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, June 25th 2015 – HMB

My seeds are coming up but s l o w…. where are you Broccoli?

Friday, June 26th 2015 – HMB

There is a flat of Tomatoes and Dill in the shop that is heavenly when it warms up. When it’s around 2pm and the sun hits the flat the entire shop smells so yummy. I need to somehow capture the scent of Tomato leaves… Although the the old wooden crate the plants are in gives off another rustic, oily, woody scent itself that pairs nicely with the warm herbal fragrance.

Saturday, June 27th 2015 – HMB

I spent the morning sitting on the warm concrete picking Borage flowers, listening to Betty White’s audiobook. I am letting the flowers pile up at my feet and crying when she talks about all the dogs in her life she has loved and lost.
When did my hands get so tough that Borage doesn’t hurt anymore?

Sunday, June 28th 2015 – HMB

Sitting in my mom’s garden with family…

Monday, June 29th 2015 – HMB

I find that if I don’t constantly shift the propagation plants I have, I kind of forget what I have. Oh, there’s a giant blooming ‘Sally Holmes’ climbing Rose in that corner! I guess it’s no different then merchandise at the shop – everything always needs cleaning, and if you are cleaning you might as well adjust.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015 – HMB

I took a detour from work for a bit today and pressed some ‘Tiger Eye’ Violas…

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 – HMB

This week I’m designing a gorgeous little garden for a house in Redwood City. The main focal point (I hate saying that, focal point, focal point) will be a narrow, winding pathway curving into a spiral around a tree. It will be no-mow Fescue grass with copper edging. 

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 – HMB

Next year I need to remember to plant more Ollalieberries! I have one vine that has grown in well on a thin metal trellis in a 15 gallon container. It’s covered in berries and they are perfectly ripening. There are still far too many strawberries in the garden – and instead of a charming summer-time treat, they feel more like a constant reminder Sprout is not here to eat them. 

Friday, July 3rd 2015 -HMB

I resisted the urge to buy potted red, white and purple (I guess supposed to be blue) petunias for the 4th of July.

I deserve an award.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 – HMB

For some odd reason, today we had lots of people come into the shop shouting, “Is this thing Honeysuckle?!” – while pointing to the Nasturtium. What the fuck is wrong with the world?

Sunday, July 5th 2015 – HMB


Monday, July 6th 2015 – HMB


Tuesday, July 7th 2015 – HMB, Mountain View

The Spyglass house is a riot of color… and the bees are in heaven with Lavender ‘Grosso’. Even the woody bits are covered with bees.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 – HMB, Hillsborough

People’s expectations are interesting. #manageyourowncrazy

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