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Fibonacci Spirals

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?

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This is Aloe polyphylla, the spiral aloe. Next, some cacti. Continue Reading →

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My Spiny Valentine

Prickly pear cactus pads sometimes form hearts. I wonder what the plant is trying to tell us: “Be mine but don’t touch me?”

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Summer Shadows

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.

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Above: Flowers of a columnar euphorbia.

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Above: Aloe flower and stair rail. Continue Reading →

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Warm Wishes from GGW

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! — Debra

L-R, top: unknown, Epiphyllum sp., Ferocactus wislizeni

L-R, middle: Opuntia sp. (cholla), Chamaelobivia ‘Rose Quartz’ (peanut cactus), Thelocactus nidulans

L-R, bottom: Trichocereus sp., unknown, Mammillaria sp.

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Red, White & Blue in the Garden

 

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. Continue Reading →

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