Category Archives: creatures

in memory of a stout-hearted and true friend, December 2002-June 2017

Posted in creatures | Tagged | 13 Comments

Bloom Day May 2017 (and assorted garden projects)

Photo taken last night, when I still hoped I could squeak this post in under the Bloom Day deadline, the 15th of every month, and be righteously on time, but it was not to be. Flash of red is from … Continue reading

Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Bloom Day, climate, creatures, cut flowers, design, MB Maher, pots and containers, shop talk, succulents | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

a garden visit with bixbybotanicals

It all started with a very sweet and generous offer of some foliage for vases. Via bixbybotanicals Instagram, I learned that his Leucadendron ‘Wilson’s Wonder’ was in full winter dress, and he was willing to share some of the largesse … Continue reading

Posted in agaves, woody lilies, creatures, garden visit, MB Maher, pots and containers, succulents | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Wallaby, the Nursery Dog

When I last visited Austalian Native Plants Nursery this past June, I had the good fortune of meeting this little one: Jo O’Connell, the owner of ANPN, is devoted to the Blue Heeler breed, which originated out of her homeland … Continue reading

Posted in creatures, plant nurseries | 2 Comments

bug report & EOMV

“None of the ants previously seen by man were more than an inch in length – most considerably under that size. But even the most minute of them have an instinct and talent for industry, social organization, and savagery that … Continue reading

Posted in agaves, woody lilies, creatures, pots and containers, succulents | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

All About Evie

All of my cats have been garden cats, but none more so than Evie. The usual drill for my cats has been lounge all day in the garden, then come into the house at night. Not Evie. She insisted on … Continue reading

Posted in creatures | Tagged | 22 Comments

Bloom Day October 2014

Guest-hosted by Evie the Cat. Not another Bloom Day…and you’ve got nuthin’ Wait, I got it! Why don’t you show them your nerines?* Let’s see what else we’ve got… Evie, those aren’t blooms! I better take over. Bloom on the … Continue reading

Posted in Bloom Day, Bulbs, creatures, pots and containers, succulents | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

pandemonium revisited

The New York Times has a very nice article today on Pandemonium Aviaries (“362 Birds, and Unruffled“), which MB Maher visited and photographed in 2012 Since that time, bird rescuer Michelle Raffin has written a book “The Birds of Pandemonium; … Continue reading

Posted in creatures, MB Maher | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Euphorbia ammak’s big impact

Despite its small and underwhelming size, I finally decided to plant this euphorbia in the ground, hoping it grows faster here than in its pot. Surprisingly, everybody seems quite impressed, including Evie, who wrapped herself around it like a snake … Continue reading

Posted in agaves, woody lilies, creatures, succulents | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

young grasshopper

Helping himself to a serving of Aeonium ‘Cyclops.’ I admit to being just ever so slightly phobic about grasshoppers. I have no idea why. No other insect rattles me like these. This one’s tawny color and freshly minted exoskeleton drew … Continue reading

Posted in creatures, Occasional Daily Photo | Tagged , , | 12 Comments