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Spectacular Succulent Flowers

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

  Is it any wonder I'm such a fan of succulents? In addition to being easy care, low-water and having architectural shapes, they send forth spectacular flowers. Some of the most amazing are those of aloes, most of which bloom in midwinter (in temperate climates). Shown above is Aloe¬†x 'David Verity', in Patrick Anderson's Fallbrook, [...]

The Sea-Sand Plants of Desire

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Every year, as Halloween approaches, I recall my visit to Professor Mordant's garden on the forbidden island of Desire. I call it forbidden because it was rumored to be an eerie, inhospitable place---a volcanic outcropping devoid of vegetation. Nothing like the mainland resort where I and other garden writers had been sunning ourselves in style. [...]