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Fibonacci Spirals

– Posted in: Succulents
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Sunflowers and nautilus shells exhibit a geometric spiral that is found in many cacti and succulents. I thought you might enjoy some examples. Isn't nature amazing? This is Aloe polyphylla, the spiral aloe. Next, some cacti. These are Sempervivum arachnoideum (cobweb houseleeks). This is a Medusa euphorbia. And another mammillaria. If the spiral form of [...]

My Spiny Valentine

– Posted in: Succulents
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Prickly pear cactus pads sometimes form hearts. I wonder what the plant is trying to tell us: "Be mine but don't touch me?" This last is a mammillaria. (You can call her Ma'am.) Here's a  bit of trivia: I used to think that mammillaria got their name because they're rounded like mammillary glands. But no, [...]

Summer Shadows

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Succulents

Shadows are as much a part of a Southern California summer as sunshine itself. These play with the imagination like a midsummer day's dream. Above: Flowers of a columnar euphorbia. Above: Aloe flower and stair rail. Above: Gazania bloom. Above: Cyphostemma buds and leaf. Above: A garden chair seat. Above: Pilosocereus pachycladus. Above: Echeveria agavoides. [...]

Warm Wishes from GGW

– Posted in: Garden Plants, Perennials, Succulents

Nature is astonishing, isn't it? How delightfully ironic that the flowers of many cacti resemble water lilies and the tops of some, snowflakes. Here are 18 examples to warm you this chilly season. Apologies to cactiphiles; I wasn't able to identify all of them. If you would like to provide one or more IDs, please do! -- [...]

Red, White & Blue in the Garden

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

  It's fitting, on a day that honors the Red, White and Blue, to show those colors in the garden. I was inspired by  a white arch covered with 'Joseph's Coat' climbing rose against a summer-blue sky. Cobalt pot, red geraniums, white wall and window mullions...can you feel the warmth of this midsummer morning? Here's [...]