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notes from the CSSA plant sale at the Huntington June 28-29, 2014

Aloe cameronii from the Cactus & Succulent Society of America show and sale at the Huntington this weekend. An aloe famous for the deep coloring of is leaves, which requires harsh treatment to maintain, full sun and minimal water. I can do harsh no problem. A variegated Agave leopoldii and Hechtia glauca also made […]

Old California Style

“Yeah, the architecture is really consistent, isn’t it? French next to Spanish, next to Tudor, next to Japanese.” Alvy Singer musing on Los Angeles architecture in “Annie Hall.”

Adobe-style house in a polyglot landscape. California pepper tree, Schinus molle (from Peru), acacia, and pale Variegated Pride of Madeira, agaves and cactus, feather grass. Next-door to […]

streetside: succulent garden 6/24/14

Another gem of a garden found via a traffic shortcut.* I’ve been admiring it for some time and stopped by last night for photos. Driving by, the tall succulents, a Furcraea macdougalii about the size of mine, Euphorbia ammak and ocotillo, were the first striking outlines to capture my attention traveling at the speed of […]

sunday clippings 6/22/14

Future shock for me has arrived in the guise of an orange wristband.

“Congratulations! You moved 24,995 steps, 12.07 miles, 249% of goal!” Jawbone’s UP pedometer calculates all that aimless garden puttering and tallies up some surprising stats. My orange UP came as a side benefit to Father’s Day, when Marty was presented […]

summer in Judy Horton’s garden

A couple weekends ago, the Southern California Horticultural Society hosted another “Coffee in the Garden,” and included was a garden that I had been advised not to miss should it come up for tour. (Thank you, Shirley Watts!) For her own home, Los Angeles garden designer Judy Horton has made a plant-rich garden that is […]

Bloom Day June 2014

Bloom Day on Father’s Day? Really? I figured this out about 7 o’clock last night, but by then I was too sun-blasted to muster a post. Marty wanted his day spent at a local Irish fair. Guinness and “trad” music for him, Irish wolfhounds and sheep herding displays for me. Running late, on to my […]

Dustin’s June 14 Plant Fair

Coming this Saturday at Dustin’s house and garden.

Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or thereabouts 1750 Sherman Place Long Beach, CA 90804

Nicely coinciding with the bloom of the giant Dutchman’s pipe vine, Aristolochia gigantea.

Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or thereabouts 1750 Sherman Place Long Beach, […]

Aeonium ‘ Copper Penny’

The potted manihot doesn’t seem to need great gulps of water so works well with these succulents sharing container space. The main stalk became two when a nearby Euphorbia cotinifolia tree snapped, crashed, and sprawled over the garden last summer. I think I prefer the manihot this way, multi-trunked, but was afraid to […]

museum Sunday

Frida Kahlo in the Sun by Leo Matiz In what now seems like the dim past, the family photo album was a holy book, kept on prominent display in the sitting room, perhaps atop the piano draped in a fringe shawl. You have only this weekend this Sunday left to view Frida Kahlo’s family […]

better know an agave

A rogue’s gallery of agaves from Jud’s garden. Some of these I know, some I’m guessing at, and some have really stumped me. If you have an idea, I’m all ears.

Agave potatorum?

With Agave macroacantha in the background

Agave macroacantha

Agave macroacantha, possibly a selection of Agave titanota in […]