G.K. Visits the Tropical Greenhouse

Posted by Ghenghis Khan

I, Ghenghis Khan, was asked to make a delivery the other day to the tropical greenhouse.  I hadn't been inside for quite some time, so I decided to have a look around.  Because this structure is for tropical plants, the temperature and humidity levels are quite toasty and it feels like a jungle.

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I was asked to drive the Kawasaki to the tropical greenhouse and make a special delivery.

1 I was asked to drive the Kawasaki to the tropical greenhouse and make a special delivery.

Ryan found these pineapple lilies (Eucomis) under the tables in the greenhouse.  He repotted them and wants to see if they'll flower.  Their flower spikes appear to have little pineapples on each top.

2 Ryan found these pineapple lilies (Eucomis) under the tables in the greenhouse. He repotted them and wants to see if they'll flower. Their flower spikes appear to have little pineapples on each top.

These agave transplants are certainly getting big.

3 These agave transplants are certainly getting big.

I see that the Beschorneria yuccoides, or Mexican lily, is sending up its unusual spiky bloom.

4 I see that the Beschorneria yuccoides, or Mexican lily, is sending up its unusual spiky bloom.

These pots of equisetum, or horsetail, are thriving.

5 These pots of equisetum, or horsetail, are thriving.

And what do we have growing up there?

6 And what do we have growing up there?

Why they're figs!  Martha loves figs!

7 Why they're figs! Martha loves figs!

Ahh!  A bird's nest fern - These ferns are naturally epiphytic, and in their rainforest homes, can be found growing high in the crooks of trees.

8 Ahh! A bird's nest fern - These ferns are naturally epiphytic, and in their rainforest homes, can be found growing high in the crooks of trees.

Their leathery fronds emerge from a central rosette.

9 Their leathery fronds emerge from a central rosette.

What do we have here?

10 What do we have here?

They're delicate little succulents that are excellent for growing at the base of other plants.

11 They're delicate little succulents that are excellent for growing at the base of other plants.

These are more agaves that will be lovely in containers this spring.

12 These are more agaves that will be lovely in containers this spring.

Oooh!  That's one giant fern, Ryan.

13 Oooh! That's one giant fern, Ryan.

These plants are called cycads and they are very ancient.  In fact, during the Jurassic Period, cycads were found in many parts of the world.  The Jurassic is often called the

14 These plants are called cycads and they are very ancient. In fact, during the Jurassic Period, cycads were found in many parts of the world. The Jurassic is often called the "Age of Cycads."

There are many kinds of agaves and this one is the largest variety that we have.

15 There are many kinds of agaves and this one is the largest variety that we have.

Comments (16)

  • Hello GK,
    It is sooooooo soooooooo good to see you again. You look fantastic son. I must wake Karen up so she can see you. She will say the same thing as I did. She misses you too
    Good presentation on the plants too. You are doing so well at the farm. Kudos to you GK.
    Hey son, I know you are aware that Sharkey has a birthday on Monday but I doubt that the DW will be on that day as it is also a holiday, Presidents Day. So, the Glue Squad is having a Pre Birthday Wish Day today for her. Isn't that fun? She will be surprised. So you can help by keeping her away from the computer today till much later so everyone has a chance to post their comments to her. I know you can pull it off GK.
    Sharkey, Happy Pre Birthday Wishes to you. We know your birthday is on the 18th but we don't know your age. I am a gentleman so I will not ask you that question. I think you are a sweet intelligent beautiful Frenchie and we all appreciate the journey you take us on when you post. Enjoy your birthday and may you have many many more
    Love to all,
    Maddox
    PS - it was so good to see you again GK. you should post more often

  • Hello GK,
    Maddox woke me up. He was all excited. He said I had to check out the DW immediately.
    At first I could not believe he woke me up like that but now I understand why. You look amazing GK. You are such a handsome handsome boy. Life on the farm is good for you.
    And you know you were very much on my mind these last few days because of the Westminster Dog Show. I was reliving last year when you won the breed. Such an exciting day that was. You made all of us so proud especially Mamma Martha. So how fitting to see you again and you look even better now. I love you big guy
    Also, I want to wish Sharkey a Pre Birthday Wish. I hope GK and Franny do something special for you. Maybe now that Franny is feeling better, her and GK can bake you a cake for your big day. If not, they can always call Pierre. Haha
    Love,
    Karen

  • Hi GK!

    So nice to hear from you!

    Nice field around the green house. Did you get too warm with your thick fur?

    I love succulents! :)

    Happy Friday to you and all the fur balls lurking about. :)
    gail

  • Good Morning GK

    You are looking handsome as ever - if I were a Chow I'd be trying to jump your bones for sure :) I'm sure you would rather be running around in the snow than inside the greenhouse probably very warm in there for someone with a winter coat as thick as yours.

    Hey Sharkey - I hope you have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! We decided to send birthday wishes today in case there isn't a post on Monday. I hope the DW staff has the day off. I'm sure Franny and GK have something special planned :)

    Things are a little STINKY at our house. Those crazy Labs cornered a skunk!!! OMG I can't take the smell!! T-Bone didn't get a direct hit but was too close - he spent yesterday at the groomer. Precious and Sophie go today. Mom is freaking out because the house smells. She bought out the entire Yankee Candle store yesterday and there are moth ball and cedar hangers all over the house. We all got new beds but we won't get those until we are all groomed. I wasn't even out there and I have to get a bath what the hell is up with that??

    I'm looking forward to the long weekend and spending lots of time with mom. PLUS there is a package coming from Ruby's mom she baked us "PWB" those yummy treats.

    Have a great weekend everyone!!

    Zoe

  • Hello G.K.,
    I have not seen you much and it is sooooo fun to see you. I bet you have fun in the snow with all that nice thick fur. I bet you warmed up quick in the toasty greenhouse. You are so smart on all the plants. I just love the birds' nest fern. Good to see you guy.

    Now for wishing Sharkey a Happy almost birthday. The gang here figured that Monday the Daily Wag might not be up and running so none of us wanted to miss wishing you a Happy Birthday, so here goes, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Sharkey, Happy Birthday to you....and many more. Hope you heard me Sharkey. My singing is getting better all the time. Hope you have a grand party in Martha style. Love you and all your wonderful posts girlfriend. Have a good one!!!

    Hope all my Glue Squad buddies had a great Valentine's Day. My tooth is doing better and I was up to enjoying it. I even got a taste of Prime Rib. Yummo!!! Now I must start planning the Oscar Party. Rebel, I sure hope your visit to Dr.Becky today fixes your neck, and Kirby I hope you are doing better. I saw a dog in one of those collars at the vet's and they don't look fun, so take it easy. All my other Glue Squad buddies, have a great weekend, and let me know what you are going to be doing. I will play, play and play more. Have a GEM of a day and weekend.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello G.K. you handsome wonderful dog!
    So nice to see you out and about in the tropical greenhouse. I bet you were warm in there with your beautiful fur coat. The agave plants and huge fern were so interesting. Makes me wish for tropical weather.
    Sharkey, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! You are my hero! I love seeing your adventures with Franny and all the information you share on plants, donks, horses, chickens, squirrel chasing, etc. I wish you a great time on Monday! I even skipped my morning snooze to get up and wish you a wonderful birthday!
    Zoe, sorry about the bath but a girl's got to do what a girl has to do. Hope Pepe le peu now stays away. Kirby, hope your wound heals up. rebel, Ruby Tuesday, feel better!
    Maddox, you must be so proud of your son. Dudley, hugs to you. Missy Chow, have a great weekend and play a lot. Kitty, take care in your outside adventures. Cora belle, I will be barking at all the boarder dogs today for you. have a great weekend glue squad buddies and Birthday Girl Sharkey!
    woofs and hugs- Abby the pug/peke/frenchie

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Boy GK you sure do know your plants. I hardly know anything about plants except that most of them are for --- well you know. You are really looking good these days. Have you learned to stay at home yet? I’ll bet you haven’t; just like me. I think saying Happy Birthday to Sharkey is really a good thing even if it is early. Gosh, those presidents even have their own Birthday Party and everyone gets a day off from work to celebrate. I wonder if they will ever have a “Chow Chow” holiday? I’m sure that Maddox and GK will agree with this. Boy Zoe, those other’s can get you into trouble even when you are being good; go figure. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi G.K.
    How good to see you big guy. You are really picking up on the botanical names for the plants. I like picture #1 'cause I get to see your face & say "Hi".
    Do you have any plans for Sharkey's birthday? I bet Mrs Acuna will have a special treat for the 3 of you. Will that include the kitties, too?

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHARKEY!

    Hey, Zoe, it'll be o.k. I don't like baths either, but I do feel good when I'm all done. Kirby Bear, hang in there buddy, hope your sore doesn't itch too much. Good to hear that Ruby's mouth is getting better. I do hope Dr. Becky can give me something to help my muscles relax and get better. I just can't get the Ben-Gay rubbed in!
    Have a great weekend everybody with special thoughts of Cora Belle (stay on your feet sweetie)and Precious. If Dr Becky helps me, then I'll play the best I can for you both this weekend.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thank you so much for sharing your visit to the tropical greenhouse with Ryan! You look so handsome and interested in being there and I love all the information you gave us! It's so much fun to see you as often as we can and I love seeing sweet Francesca and Sharkey, also! Would you please wish Sharkey a Happy Birthday on Monday which is the President's holiday, also?! Sure hope all 3 of you sweethearts have a great long weekend and have fun! All of you great Glue Squad buddies that commented today sure did a great job and I hope all of you are doing well! Maddox, Karen, Gail, Zoe, Ruby, Abby, Kirby, and Rebel I certainly agree with your lovely comments and will check back to read even more all weekend! Have a nice 3 day weekend and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right and Jan XOXOXO+

  • Hi G.K.
    What a handsome guy you are! Post more often! I was just telling Jakey that maybe we need to go back to school since G.K., Sharkey, and Franny are so well educated! (Looking into night school!)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHARKEY!! Have a fun day on Monday!

    I was just looking at Momma Martha's blog today and thought G.K. would love that cold but Franny and Sharkey might always need a coat on!

    Have a wonderful holiday!
    Molly

  • ..you are so handsome G.K., and thanks for the tour around the greenhouse..and a Happy Birthday to my little buddy Sharky!..I will act naughty all weekend in honor of your birthday..barking at critters..and just generally patrolling around the ranch/farm...more skunks..yikes..you must have a nest of them around your house..wish I was there..I would root them out and shake them and bark at them..what good sport..you have to be careful though..because you are right..they can fire off any time..wow..I hear talk of a ride to the beach and maple bars...gotta go love, Cora-Belle

  • G.K. don't you look handsome! Haven't seen you in awhile. You look as fluffy as always. Thanks for the greenhouse tour although I bet you prefer to be exploring the great snowy wilds of the farm.

    HAPPY PRE-BIRTHDAY SHARKEY!!! Can't believe you be 8 years old. You're still just a young pup at heart you know.

    I hope everyone is doing well/better stinky skunk households and all! :lol:

    Have a great weekend everyone! :smile:

  • Hi GK, I had to take a second look at your first picture, thought for a second there we were twins. But you don't get into as much trouble as I do, hehehe.. Same color almost. You are one handsome boy and helping Ryan in the greenhouse, good job explaining all the different plants. Happy, Happy Birthday, Sharkey, sure hope some special is planned for you with everyone in attendance. Want to hear all about. Ruby, so glad your tooth is feeling, Kirby, may I be included in the Chow Chow holiday too? Rebel, hope your neck is feeling much much better, Zoe, a day at the spa isn't that bad, sit back & enjoy. Hope Precious is feeling better. Abby & James Dean, more snow predicted this weekend, will it ever stop!! Temps near the 50's today, go figure. Cora Belle. don't overdo this weekend, get plenty of rest. Dudley Do Right, has Mom started to prune her trees yet? Kitty, how's things with you? Maddox, you must be very very proud of your son, very photogenic. Hi, Chloe and all my buddies. Have a nice weekend, Mom has an extra day off on Monday, yippee!!!:)

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello Everybody:
    Sorry to be posting so late, Mom has been so busy these last few days and its hard to get her to set us up at the computer. GK, you are so knowledgable about all things in the greenhouse, but since we share the same kind of coat, I'll bet you would be more comfortable in the snow, rather than the heat and humidity! We don't like it at all.
    We all would like to wish Sharkey a Happy Birthday on Monday - we don't have President's Day (cause we don't have a President) but we do happen to have Family Day in Ontario, so everyone is off here as well. I hope you guys all get special treats like we do, can you get pizza and cake for dinner? Its the best!
    The snow is melting away again, and it makes you think that Spring can't be far behind, the days are getting longer - I'll bet that's why the skunks are out and about. My mom learned - never let us out before dawn, if there are skunks out there they will be prowling about at that time. I got sprayed twice (full frontal) and it smelled like rotten eggs/onions for quite a while. I had to have baths, but even then I had lingering stinky odors for weeks when you smelled me up close. Ever since we got the cats the skunks seem to have stayed away - those cats, they are real hunters with big claws. Well gotta go, the sun is out and we love to bask on the deck (and bark at random movements!) - can't get anything past us.
    Everyone have a great long weekend, be good (or bad) as you see fit, everybody feel better if you are/have been sick and we'll all be thinking about you. Beardie bounces from Lucy (writing), Martha and Riley boy. XOXOXO

  • G.K., you are one gorgeous dog! Thanks for showing us the tropical greenhouse today.

    Angela

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SHARKEY! May you have a great day and may you be healthy and happy always... :-) :-)
    Love and Licks
    delia and Kitty =^. .^=

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