succulents

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 [...]

Highlights of the NW Flower & Garden Show…Plus Shopping!

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Garden Design, Garden Musings, Garden Travels
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I recently travelled to the second largest flower and garden show in the US, in Seattle, to give two presentations. Here's what I enjoyed  most---a subjective collection, to be sure, and one dependent on the capabilities of my iPhone's camera. Even so, 25 photos is more than double the number I usually show in a [...]

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, [...]

Aloes Show Spectacular Flowers

– Posted in: Succulents

I love the way aloes brighten Southern California gardens this time of year. Shown above is the most widely grown aloe, Aloe arborescens. The location is about halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, in Laguna Beach. This is an artist's enclave, and not surprisingly, aloe flowers against blue sea and sky are a popular [...]