Singapore Cactus Link of the Day

Gardening with Wilson links to an article in the latest edition of Home Concepts that he wrote about gardening in Singapore.

We contributed an article for the local home decor magazine, Home Concepts.

In this March 08 issue, in the Garden Treats column, we wrote about how we can have a xeriscaped garden consisting of cacti and succulents, with inspiration from the Sun Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

And here’s a photo from the SBG Sun Garden website.

Nice.

Nursery Discovery

Poor Richards Almanac blog takes us on a virtual tour of an obscure Pennsylvania nursery in a town nobody has ever heard of (until today.)

So today I’m going to head down to one of the undiscovered gems of Pennsylvania gardening, Ott’s Exotic Plants in Schwenksville, PA. It’s one of the few remaining authentic Victorian glasshouses, it’s packed to the gills with interesting houseplants and tropicals (and, better yet, they’re all for sale), and it’s a truly great gardening adventure. So fasten your seat belts and come along for the ride!

Imagine the thrill of driving down a winding river road, passing tiny villages and lots of seemingly uninhabited woodland, then suddenly rounding a bend and seeing the huge dome of a Victorian glasshouse rising on your right…. an enormous greenhouse that is packed with every kind of marvel–figs and citrus, cacti and succulents, an incredible collection of coleus, an extensive herb section, hanging baskets of every kind, and innumerable flowering plants.

Strangely enough, some other people had previously discovered Ott’s. They posted on gardenweb.

she took me to see Ott’s nursery on Friday. It is somewhere near Skippack. I was completely blown away. I just had to buy some plants and struggle to get them back on the plane–not sure how they liked being X-rayed!

and

it is an amazing place. did you go through (for lack of a better term) the rain forest part? were there any butterflies?

…when i was a kid, sometimes our sunday drive would include a trip there. you couldn’t pull my mother out.

That’s enough about Ott’s for today.

Link of the Day

Plants are the Strangest People has a nice article (with pictures!) about the lovely and red-stripey Synadenium grantii v. rubra, also known as the African Milk Bush. I’d tell you all about this wonderful plant, but then you wouldn’t bother to click through.

Around the Photoblogosphere pt.3

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1887&amp;entry_id=1716" title="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwen/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwen/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Gwen</a> takes some very lovely plant pictures around town. She bought this mammillaria from us.<br /><br /><img width="350" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/2295858500_bfdf131e2c.jpg" /><br /><br />Nice. Since this photo was borrowed without permission, go see the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1888&amp;entry_id=1716" title="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwen/2295858500/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwen/2295858500/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">full-size original on flickr</a>, and enjoy the rest of Gwen’s photos too.<br /><br />

Aloe Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1890&amp;entry_id=1721" title="http://borrego.thegardenjournals.org/?p=87" onmouseover="window.status=’http://borrego.thegardenjournals.org/?p=87′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Borrego’s Aloe Blog</a> in Los Angeles caught a neighbor’s Aloe marlothii in bloom. It is a large and impressive plant.<br /><br /><br />

Around the Photoblogosphere

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1885&amp;entry_id=1714" title="http://cafejoetogo.blogspot.com/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://cafejoetogo.blogspot.com/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Joseph Pobereskin</a> likes to take pictures of urban succulents, which by his definition doesn’t actually include any succulents.<br /><br /><img width="250" hspace="5" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/IMG_1761.jpg" /><br /><br />Photo borrowed without permission, so go see the full size version at <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1886&amp;entry_id=1714" title="http://cafejoetogo.blogspot.com/2008/02/suburban-succulents.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://cafejoetogo.blogspot.com/2008/02/suburban-succulents.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Eat at Joe’s</a> along with his other urban succulents.<br /><br />

Around the Photoblogosphere pt.1

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1883&amp;entry_id=1713" title="http://www.harmelphoto.com" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.harmelphoto.com’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Mark Harmel</a> takes pictures of succulents. Here’s an agave mostly out of focus, but just the right parts just enough in focus.<br /><br /><img width="350" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/20071123_stk_5227.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1884&amp;entry_id=1713" title="http://www.harmelphoto.com/blog/?p=7" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.harmelphoto.com/blog/?p=7′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Photo borrowed</a> without permission, so go see the original and others too.<br /><br />

Link of the Day

Beth at Capturing the City, in San Francisco, has an obsession with photographing green plants. In this entry, <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1877&amp;entry_id=1706" title="http://www.capturingthecity.com/2008/02/12/green-green-everywhere/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.capturingthecity.com/2008/02/12/green-green-everywhere/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">green, green everywhere</a>, she features succulents, with some artful cropping and compositions.<br /><br /><br />

French Cactus Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1873&amp;entry_id=1703" title="http://lifeslittleadventures.typepad.com/lifes_little_adventures/2008/02/ze-france.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://lifeslittleadventures.typepad.com/lifes_little_adventures/2008/02/ze-france.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Life’s Little Adventures</a> travels to the French Riviera and visits Louis XIV’s cactus gardens.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Tropical Gardens (Jardin Exotique). Suspended some 1,400 feet above the blue Mediterranean, the garden offers a breathtaking panorama over the tiled rooftops, the sea, and much of the Riviera. Established in 1949 around the ruins of a 14th-century castle that was destroyed in 1706 on orders from Louis XIV, the gardens are filled with many varieties of cacti and succulents, mostly from the Americas.</span><br /></div><br />Alright, so it’s more recent than Louis XIV. I just like to type roman numerals.<br /><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1866&amp;entry_id=1695" title="http://crumb.cc/toast/2008/02/succulent-family-portrait/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://crumb.cc/toast/2008/02/succulent-family-portrait/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">toast crumb</a> has a Succulent Family Portait. There are 6 little succulents, including cactus, in a nice little grouping. A pleasant portrait of a featured family. <br /><br /><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1859&amp;entry_id=1680" title="http://fosteroutdoors.blogspot.com/2008/02/nature-no-pork-here.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://fosteroutdoors.blogspot.com/2008/02/nature-no-pork-here.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Jim Foster Outdoors</a> writes about the javelina, a pig-like peccary from Texas. Now, he does talk about hunting them, so you may not actually want to click through. But javelinas and cactus do go together like Martin and Lewis, or Belushi and Ackroyd, or McCain and Bush or another comedy team you can think up for yourself.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The javelina lives in the brushy semi-desert where prickly pear cactus is a conspicuous part of the flora. They are commonly found in dense thickets of prickly pear, chaparral, scrub oak, or guajillo.</span><br /></div><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1850&amp;entry_id=1669" title="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/flower-box-awards/sf-flower-box-award-rand-at-wickson-oakland-043078" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/flower-box-awards/sf-flower-box-award-rand-at-wickson-oakland-043078′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Apartment Therapy</a> has some great photos of a cactus and succulent garden in Oakland. Now why didn’t I find that garden and take pictures of it? A friend has a garden right around the corner, and nobody ever told me about this one. Hmmpph.<br /><br />

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<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1848&amp;entry_id=1666" title="http://madeinmississippi.blogspot.com/2008/02/savoring-spanish-succulent.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://madeinmississippi.blogspot.com/2008/02/savoring-spanish-succulent.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Made in Mississippi</a> visits the cacti of Spain and falls in love. Pictures and printmaking follow.<br /><br /><br />

Link of the Day

Nice succulent garden photos by <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1844&amp;entry_id=1662" title="http://www.epiforums.com/showpost.php?p=22055&postcount=1" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.epiforums.com/showpost.php?p=22055&postcount=1′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">jjk on the EpiForums</a>. Seems to be from a community college in Honolulu. Nice Pachypodium specimens, Alluaudias, and blooming Agave attenuatas plus much more.<br /><br /><br />

Link of the Day

The latest picture from the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1842&amp;entry_id=1660" title="http://www.humanflowerproject.com/index.php/weblog/learning_to_read_the_la_landscape/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.humanflowerproject.com/index.php/weblog/learning_to_read_the_la_landscape/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Human Flower Project</a> features the Huntington Gardens.<br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /><img width="400" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/jill-la-jack450.jpg" /></div><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Jack Nokes, el mero chofer, relaxes in the cacti and succulent gardens at the Huntington<br />
Photo: Jill Nokes<br /><br /></span></div>

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1820&amp;entry_id=1642" title="http://christieatthecape.blogspot.com/2008/01/shipwrecks-and-carrion-flowers.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://christieatthecape.blogspot.com/2008/01/shipwrecks-and-carrion-flowers.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Christie at the Cape</a> moved to South Africa and now has a growing succulent collection, including a lovely little Stapelia grandiflora about to bloom, with pictures.<br /><br /><br />

Link of the Day

It’s a big day for the nursery getting noticed (<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1815&amp;entry_id=1635" title="/archives/1632-Cactus-Jungle-in-the-News.html" onmouseover="window.status=’/archives/1632-Cactus-Jungle-in-the-News.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">see below</a>). Today’s link of the day is to <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1816&amp;entry_id=1635" title="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/plants-flowers/cactus-jungle-042047" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/plants-flowers/cactus-jungle-042047′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Apartment Therapy</a>, with a review of Cactus Jungle!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">We’re particularly partial to their fantastic collection of houseplants, but lately we’ve been tempted to try out our new skills on some of the larger cacti.</span><br /></div><br />Well that’s a self-serving quote for me to pull from their review.<br /><br />

Link of the Day

A writer and/or photographer, <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1799&amp;entry_id=1607" title="http://itofoto.wordpress.com/2008/01/20/cactus-land-1/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://itofoto.wordpress.com/2008/01/20/cactus-land-1/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">ItoFoto</a>, goes to a writing retreat and finds cactus all over the place. Photos follow. Agave, Aloe and more.<br /><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1798&amp;entry_id=1606" title="http://elysiummcc.blogspot.com/2008/01/never-sunset-in-tucson.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://elysiummcc.blogspot.com/2008/01/never-sunset-in-tucson.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">A Work in Progress visits Tucson</a> and takes a lot of family portait style pictures of Saguaros. It seems like a reasonable thing to be doing.<br /><br />

Link of the Day

An Indian gardening blog, <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1797&amp;entry_id=1605" title="http://sliceoftheday.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/blue-agave-agave-tequilana/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://sliceoftheday.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/blue-agave-agave-tequilana/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Slice of the Day</a>, tells you everything you need to know about Agave and tequila.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Archaeologists say the agave has been cultivated for at least 9,000 years.</span><br /></div><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1795&amp;entry_id=1601" title="http://thegardenersrake.com/indoor-container-gardening-cacti-arrangements" onmouseover="window.status=’http://thegardenersrake.com/indoor-container-gardening-cacti-arrangements’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Gardeners Rake</a> has recommendations for choosing cactus, and keeping them alive too.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">When you shop for cacti and succulents chose a variety of textures, colors, sizes and shapes. Make sure they are healthy.</span><br /></div><br /><br /><br /><a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1601-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Link of the Day"</a>

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1782&amp;entry_id=1588" title="http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">My Back 40 (Feet)</a> has lots of good photographic evidence of their bloom skills in the harsh San Francisco winters with a post called Bloom Day.<br /><br /><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1773&amp;entry_id=1579" title="http://jocelynsgarden.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-resource.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://jocelynsgarden.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-resource.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Art Garden</a>, by a Denver area landscaper, features a post about an interactive site that can tell you what <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1774&amp;entry_id=1579" title="http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx" onmouseover="window.status=’http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">your area’s soils</a> are like. And there’s a nice picture of a Begonia rex, too.<br /><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3R1cmJpZHdhdGVyLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8yMDA4LzAxL3BpY3RvcmlhbC1ndWlkZS10by1kZXNlcnQtdmFjdGlvbi1mb3IuaHRtbA==&amp;entry_id=1563" title="http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"><br />
Turbid Water</a> from Denver took a winter vacation into the desert and has come back with a whole lot of photos of cactus. There’s also a lot of personal pictures mixed in there, so you can pretend you’re not looking at a stranger’s family and skip over those and get to the cactus photos.<br /><br /><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1755&amp;entry_id=1559" title="http://kipili.com/?p=274" onmouseover="window.status=’http://kipili.com/?p=274′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Kipili</a> went to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and got a great photo of a Dyckia fosteriana in bloom.<br /><br /><img width="161" hspace="5" height="240" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/1584501369_13c119c44f_m.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1756&amp;entry_id=1559" title="http://www.flickr.com/photos/petrichor/1584501369/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/petrichor/1584501369/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Full size photo on flickr.</a><br /><br />

Link of the Day

<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1754&amp;entry_id=1558" title="http://mexfiles.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/cactus-bandits-v-mexican-villagers/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://mexfiles.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/cactus-bandits-v-mexican-villagers/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Mex Files</a> translates an article about Foreign Cactus Bandits, in Mexico!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"> Residents of the several municipalities in the area interviewed by El UNIVERSAL all complained of the complacency of the Federal Prosescutor for Environmental Protection, when it came to foreigners stealing cacti.<br />
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”They [the foreigners] come and take plants with no authority from anyone. I don’t know if the Federal Prosecutor isn’t interested, or just ignorant,” Dionisio Santos, of Jaumve said.</span><br /></div><br /><br />

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