Danger Garden visited The streets of Fillmore, California and found a lot of agaves. Some other plants too, but mostly agaves. I see A. americana, A. neomexicana, A. lophantha, A. marginata, A. attenuata, A. parryi and yuccas too, I almost forgot the yuccas.
…You’ll walk into the garden center and walk around for a little while, lost and confused, until some helpful employee walks up and asked you what you’re looking for. You won’t want to ask, because it sounds so weird, but eventually you’ll have no choice but to say, “Uh—do you have—uh—any clay spheres?”
The employee will light up and say, “Of course. They’re over here.” He or she will lead you to the section in the garden center where they keep flowerpots. There, among the pots, will be these things. Clay spheres. There’s really no other way to describe them….
Actually, I like to refer to them as “clay balls” to our customers. We have them scattered around the nursery so you can see them in action. They are an oddity that some people just have to have. What are ya gonna do?
The small ones are solid, but the large ones are hollow! The glazed balls have a bottom, with a large hole.
Let’s see what we can identify in the photo. I see: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, Sedum spurium, Crassula nudicaulis, Echeveria imbricata, Sedum “Blue Spruce”, Sempervivum arachnoides, a Mammillaria, and some others too!
Christine from Idora Design (California Native plant designs…) came by the nursery today and brought me Cactus Pastilles! I am so excited. Unfortunately, I was not around at the time, but I have now tasted them, and they are a bit licoricey, which is good because I like licorice.
Garden Amateur in Sydney, Australia has some nice little succulents growing pots that appreciate the recent rain.
He’s got a cute little unnamed mesemb that we are calling a Hartmanthus. You’d think if it has found its way to Australia, the plant must be in wider cultivation by now, and someone should have a definitive name for it.
This Digital Life has a stunning black and white photo of an Opuntia bigelovii, also known as Cylindropuntia bigelovii. Common names include the Teddy Bear Cholla and the Jumping Cholla. Now you know more than you wanted to, so go see the picture already.
On the Gates arrest, this post by Digby is very good. As they say in the intertubes, “what Digby says.”
My personal perspective is colored by the fact that I was also once arrested for arguing with an officer, even though no laws were broken and no charges were filed. There’s no question they have power beyond upholding the law.