Since lauristinus, deodar cedar and a few other species are happy enough here to naturalize and proliferate a bit too much where we do not want them, they should be just as happy to perform where we do want them. That is how we justify reallocation of such resources. We do it with other species too, just to avoid wasting them, or just because they are easy to propagate.

Norway maples and birches got canned over winter too, but I did not get pictures.

1. cyclamen – was something I grew in high school as a perennial that went bare for the heat of summer. It saddens me that it is so expensive, but also so expendable as a cool season annual.P00404-1

2. cyclamen – will get a second chance this year. They got replaced earlier because of mold, but both the white group above and this red group went out into a landscape where they can stay.P00404-2

3. ivy geranium – pruning scraps got plugged as cuttings to eventually replace zonal geranium that were mistakenly planted into hanging baskets. (That is the Pet Rock in the background.)P00404-3

4. zonal geranium – pruning scraps get plugged as cuttings also. As they hopefully subordinate to ivy geranium, those in the hanging baskets will get pruned back more until totally replaced.P00404-4

5. pigsqueak – that needed to be removed from one spot got plugged into another. Leftovers that could not be accommodated there and then, got canned for another time and another place.P00404-5

6. Boston ivy – could be a problem. We wanted only a few copies. Rather than plug just a few pruning scrap cuttings into just a few cans, I plugged a whole flat of a hundred. Most are rooting!P00404-6

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32 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: More Recycling

      1. The inventor did rather well with it in about half a year, and opened a bar downtown that was named after Carrie Nation, who was a proponent of prohibition. A few cool inventions, and apparently one weird one, came out of Los Gatos.

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  1. Yes, pigsqueak, another plant I’d never heard of until Mr G. told me it was California vernacular for Bergenia! My goodness, how did that name ever come about??? Again, I turned to Mr G.: “The common name (Pig Squeak) comes from the noise it makes when 2 leaves are rubbed together.” Why would one want to rub two leaves together? I’m impressed with your propagation.

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    1. They should have lasted longer as bedding plants. They do not normally get replaced until the weather gets too warm for them. They just started to mold. Where they now are, no one will mind as they die back for the summer. If some die off, it will not be a problem. Those that regenerate in autumn will be an perennial asset, rather than an expensively cheap bedding plant.

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      1. We considered that, because my colleague down south plants so many trees at the bottoms of the embankments of the Santa Monica Freeway. Cal Trans really dislikes him because he busted them for selling palms from the same embankments. However, we could plant some on the interchanges without asking permission. Soundwalls are minimal in that neighborhood, and are only accessible from within the freeway. We would need to ask permission, and would not get it. It would be too much of a liability.

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      2. The interchange was in the news a while back, when a highway patrol officer brutally and pointlessly beat a mentally challenged woman who wandered onto the northwest corner, just above South Orange Drive. My colleagues palms were visible in the background. It was a video I wish I had never seen.


  2. Still amazed that you can grow Cyclamen persicum outside – they would just die here in winter. Wonderful pics – and I love pig sweak for bergenia. Whenever I look at mine now, remembering your name will make me laugh!

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    1. Cyclamen is typically grown only in winter here. That is not what I learned about them though. I do not expect them all to survive, but those that do might eventually adapt to the landscapes to regenerate every autumn and bloom sporadically through winter. (Because they were forced into bloom as ‘annuals’ many do not survive the transition to perennial culture.)


      1. So what are your winter temperatures? These look like C. persicum to me, only for warmer areas. I need to look at your blog again to see exactly where you are!!!

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      2. This is Zone 9B. We get only light frost here, which is not a problem for these, which are Cyclamen persicum. It does not get too warm here either, but warm and arid enough to initiate dormancy through summer. Bright red and white would not be my choices of color for woodsy landscapes outside of the refined landscapes, but I would rather give them a chance on the outskirts than dispose of them. I do not expect them all to survive, but if we add more to them over the years, we may get drifts of them like some gardens have drifts of Cyclamen hederifolium or Cyclamen coum. Once naturalized, they should not bloom as prolifically as they did as forced bedding plants.

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    1. I used to use common (primitive) zonal geranium (pelargonium) as cover crop because it was so easy, and there was so much of it when I cut it back at the end of winter. These fancier garden varieties are not quite as easy. I process all the scraps into cuttings, expecting about a quarter of them to survive, depending on where they get plugged. There are not as many of them as there were of the common types, so it is not such an overwhelming volume of scraps. Of course, next year, there could be too much. The ivy geranium (pelargonium) cuttings were rather wimpy. I might make more a bit later. Boston ivy is a bit extreme. I don’t know what I was thinking. I really should have just plugged a bunch of cuttings into four #1 cans, and let them duke it out. We only want four cans of the stuff, for four concrete pillars. There are only a few other applications for it, including a large concrete retaining wall. We will need to give some of it away. I am none too keen on planting so much of it anyway, even on the wall, just because it takes so much maintenance.


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