September 12th, 2011
A Plant Inspection
Posted by Sharkey
After Hurricane Irene and all of the subsequent torrential rainfall, I thought it would be a good idea to inspect all of the tropical plants to see how they survived their quick move to the greenhouse. I also wanted to see if they were put back where they belong outdoors. Francesca is always up for a good task and she and I have been trying to encourage G.K. to take on more responsibility around the farm.
1 Thank you so much for meeting me on the porch, Francesca and G.K. We have some important business to take care of today.
2 Things look as though they're returning to normal around the farm. Now that it's finally stopped raining, we have a very important duty of performing an inspection!
3 We need to make certain that all of the plants are back where they belong after their emergency storage in the greenhouse when Hurricane Irene blew through! We also need to see if all the rain has taken a toll!
4 G.K., would you take a walk down to the headhouse and find Shaun? Please get a full report of any plants that have not been returned to their rightful position. We'll meet you down there in a few minutes.
5 Franny and I will walk around the property and identify the plants. It looks like all of the staghorn ferns have been returned to their positions on the porch, so we're off to a good start!
6 Look Sharkey, this Spanish moss has been put back on the wall, as well. Like the staghorn fern, it is an epiphyte, or an air plant, meaning it grows attached to other plants or objects.
7 These large potted ferns are back on the tables where they were before. I just love how the baby tears trail down the sides of the pots. Don't you, Franny?
8 This large hairy rhipsalis, an epiphytic cacti, has also been returned to its place on the porch. Franny, I think we can move on from this area!
9 Let's inspect the plants by the Summer House and then check on G.K. at the headhouse.
10 This large potted Alocasia was too heavy to be moved, so Shaun tied up the leaves. It sustained some damage but thankfully, is looking much better now.
11 Phew, I'm so glad this fig tree made it. Figs are packed full of calcium and fiber, as well as being delicious!
12 Sharkey, I'm glad this pale gray Centaurea cineraria is in place. Let's take a look at the potted tropicals under the shade pergola.
13 All of the potted tropical and citrus plants check out, Sharkey! This Monterey cyprus tree looks like it's growing well. Now where is G.K.? We need his report.
14 Oh Franny, all this waiting is making me sleepy...where is that Chow?
15 Silly Frenchies...plant inspection ha-ha! While Francesca and Sharkey are off doing all the work, I'm going to take a nap in Franny's bed!
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