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Wednesday vignette 11/2/16

Ever wonder what Huntington Botanical Garden employees display on their file cabinets?

Luisa Serrano (Crow & Raven) and I got a tiny glimpse when we visited the Huntington in early October.

The rest of these photos come from that visit as well, mostly the desert conservatory and then the new entrance garden, […]

Wednesday poppies

Through the dancing poppies stole a breeze most softly lulling to my soul. — John Keats

Agave ovatifolia

Treasured for being on the short list of agaves hardy to zone 7, this imposing agave is no less desirable in warmer zones. My recently planted ‘Frosty Blue’ has a ways to go before it looks like this:

Photos of the Whale’s Tongue Agave in a private Central Coast garden by MB Maher.

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Fishing with Senecio radicans

From a recent garden tour. The fishhook senecio, Senecio radicans, doing what it does best, throwing its lines of hook-shaped leaves not from a pier but from a second-story balcony.

Maybe I’m reading too much into this arrangement, because it wasn’t directly underneath but around a corner, screened by other plants. A […]

dishy tillandsias

From a garden on the Los Angeles Garden Conservancy Open Days tour last weekend.

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 me in, and for a brief moment I forgot to be repulsed. Shedding one’s skin […]

Agave geminiflora

Agave geminiflora spangled in morning dew is one of my favorite sights these mornings. Slow growing, doesn’t offset, rare denizen of open oak woodland in Mexico, and just about everybody agrees the best thing in a container since Nutella. The Ruth Bancroft Garden has more history and cultural information here.

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riad means garden

It’s February, so thoughts naturally turn to travel, escape, adventure. But I’m not going anywhere at the moment, so I look harder, stare longer, at local scenes, hoping to squeeze something new and startling out of familiar sights. But walking or biking around town, craving some inspiration from a jewel-box of a front garden, is […]

holiday lull

How are we all doing? Holding up okay? The first holiday is already a wrap, and we’re suspended smack in the middle of the countdown to the next, so resumption of routine is still a week away. (And happy holidays, if I didn’t say so already.) If you’re in Los Angeles, may I suggest a […]

Occasional Daily Photo 12/4/13

These gazanias were pulled up last spring to make room for the manfredas, but obviously some roots escaped my trowel.

whoa. I’m rubbing my eyes after looking at just two flowers. Imagine fields of them in South Africa.

I have to say I do like how the manfreda’s spots pick […]