Ep. 3-21: All About Hoyas | Sara Pham

This week’s episode is moving indoors—to indoor plants! My friend Sara has become a serious hoya fanatic over the last 10-12 years. I invited her on to the podcast to talk about her love affair with hoyas because houseplants are one aspect that I don’t have a lot of experience with in gardening. While I’ve grown the odd indoor plant here and there, (currently I have a couple of plants in my office at work), my husband has been the one more interested in growing houseplants over the years than I have. That said, seeing Sara so excited about her plants and especially with the hoyas, I knew I wanted to learn a bit more and maybe start brushing up on my indoor gardening skills.

Sara and I go back to high school honors and AP art class from 1994-1998. Once MySpace came on the scene years later, we reconnected and found out we had a lot more in common than we would have realized from those years of high school! One good thing about social media, I suppose! In the episode, Sara talks about all of the hoyas she currents grows, how she roots cuttings, the best lighting and watering schematics, and other interesting tidbits about this wonderful genus! While Sara does not have a public blog or social media account for you to follow her, you can see her postings on the Hoya GardenWeb forum as “PostPunkGirl”. And if you have any questions you can leave a comment here and I’ll have her get in touch with you!

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Hoya blashernaezii

Hoya australis ssp. australis

Three different cultivars of Hoya pubicalyx: left to right, ‘Philippine black‘, ‘Pink Silver’ and ‘Red Buttons’

Hoya cinnamomifolia

Hoya Genevieve

Watering day!

Hoya serpens

Hoya obovata

Hoya: wayetti, wibergiae (with pink splash), latifolia, obscura (red from high light), macrophlla, sigillatis, pubicalyx, obovata, fitchii.

Hoya: vitellina, carnosa (with an albino leaf), incrassata, sarawak (yellow), curtisii, kerri, DS-70, callistophylla, carnoa ‘Krinkle 8’.

Hoya lacunosa ‘Ruby Sue’ blooms… smells like cinnamon

Particle size and Hoya ‘Pink Silver’ flowers


Ep. 3-20: Foraging Texas | Dr. Mark ‘Merriwether’ Vorderbruggen


If you’re in Texas and have ever wondered whether a wild plant you came across was edible you may have stumbled across Foraging Texas in your research. The website is run by Dr. Mark ‘Merriwether’ Vorderbruggen, who by day is a scientist and by nights and weekends, well, he’s still a scientist but he’s also a forager, wild crafter, and explorer. Most recently he wrote a book about foraging!

I’ve used his website a lot over the years, not just for deciding if a plant is edible or not, but also for easy identification for particular plants that haven’t shown up in a field guide. His website is extremely resourceful with an index of a plethora of edible plants as well as links to where you can take a class from him. I happened to attend a class of his last November along with past podcast guest Julie Rorrer. It helped bridge that gap for me, where I knew a plant was edible but I was still hesitant to take that leap to eat it.

In this episode, Merriwether covers the ethics of foraging and gives a great beginners guide to getting started with foraging. This podcast is focused on Texas but many of the plants mentioned can be found in other areas of North America. If you are interested in foraging, reach out to Merriwether and attend a class or use his Instagram and Facebook pages to find out what expert foragers may be in your region. Merriwether is extremely knowledgeable and you can easily become engrossed in learning all sorts of tidbits from this conversation and from his classes!

As a side note, in the introduction of this episode I mention my friends Marc and Eliana, who are birding in their VW Bus Valentina across the US from Miami to Alaska and back. They were at my house over the weekend but my plans for recording a podcast episode with them did not get squeezed into the many things we did, including birding, over the weekend. I hope to have them on when they return next fall from their trip, but until then you can follow them at Birding By Bus on Instagram or over on Facebook.

If you enjoyed the episode, please let me know in the comments below or by leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

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Show Notes
+Merriwether’s Into the Borderlands outdoor journal.
+Foraging Texas
+Idiot’s Guide to Foraging
+@merriwetherforager on Instagram


Ep. 3-19: Why You Garden


Last fall I asked gardeners to submit a short voice memo about their “why” for gardening. I was hoping to create an episode that showcased you, the listener. While I didn’t quite get the number of recordings as I was hoping for, I was delighted to receive the ones that were sent and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them and putting this episode together! It couldn’t have come together without y’all!

Many thanks to Eren Hays, Jill McSheehy, Peter Donegan, Leanne Tarleton, Danette, Gavin, and my sweet son Forest for their contributions to this episode!

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