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The Twelve Days of Cactus (2)

– Posted in: Succulents

Several years ago, I posted the first version of  my "Twelve Days of Cactus" on GGW. This is an updated (and I hope improved) version that has a corresponding YouTube video complete with music. The "first day" of both is the same---that dove in a prickly pear tree is just too good not to use again. Now, see if [...]

Fibonacci Spirals

– Posted in: Succulents

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 [...]

My Spiny Valentine

– Posted in: Succulents

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, [...]

Summer Shadows

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Succulents

Shadows are as much a part of a Southern California summer as sunshine itself. These play with the imagination like a midsummer day's dream. Above: Flowers of a columnar euphorbia. Above: Aloe flower and stair rail. Above: Gazania bloom. Above: Cyphostemma buds and leaf. Above: A garden chair seat. Above: Pilosocereus pachycladus. Above: Echeveria agavoides. [...]