Photography


Photography30 Oct 2008 08:08 am

Butterfly on a Euphorbia milii with a Coleonema pulchellum in the background.

Nice patterning.

Photography21 Oct 2008 11:25 am

As promised yesterday, the final shot of the Echinopsis terscheckii in bloom. Click the picture for the full size image. I especially love the subtly peach-colored sepals surrounding the white petals.

Photography20 Oct 2008 11:12 am

Last week I posted this Echinopsis terscheckii in bud, and said I would post when the bloom has opened. Now it is opened. Can you tell?

Tomorrow I’ll post another shot.

Photography18 Oct 2008 11:42 am

Solanum quitoense – A large-purple-leafed shrub produces delicious juicy fruits called naranjillos. Plant them for the purple fuzzy leaves, harvest them for the juice. Be the first on your block, I always say.

Photography17 Oct 2008 12:57 pm

Echinopsis terscheckii – Faster than a Saguaro, mature (i.e. blooming age) much younger, but really just as impressive, it’s the Cardon Grande from Argentina.

These used to be classified as Trichocereus, but then all the tricho’s as well as the lobivias, and more all got moved into Echinopsis. I wonder how long that will last?

I’ll update you when the bud opens, maybe even post a photo of the bloom. Actually, I think it’s pretty much guaranteed I’ll be photographing the bloom and posting it on the blog.

Photography16 Oct 2008 11:25 am

Ferocactus pottsi – generally not a fall bloomer, but we have a few fero’s with a few late blooms, including this large specimen. With some buds still left to bloom, maybe in early winter!

Photography16 Oct 2008 06:54 am

I don’t know what this pixdaus site is, but they give you embed codes for the pictures, so here’s a nice cactus in bloom from Q T Luong.

I’m going to guess it’s an echinocereus, but that red is very very red.

Photography15 Oct 2008 11:01 am

Gymnocalycium stenopleurum v. friedrichii

Click the picture to see the whole thing.

Photography09 Oct 2008 12:27 pm

Gerrardanthus macrorhiza

Classic caudex-forming plant from South Africa. Easy to grow, with massive vining. Tiny flowers coming right at the leaf nodes off the vine. Nice orange color, very unusual.

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family comes from southern Africa. First described by Benth & Hooker, and then by William Henry Harvey in 1867.

Photography06 Oct 2008 10:19 am

Quiabentia verticillata

Rare cactus. See those leaves on top of that extra spiny body? Must be in the Pereskioideae sub-family. But no! It’s in the Cylindropuntia cactus tribe. i.e. it’s a cholla! Anyway, from Argentina, they can grow into giant trees. But they’re slow growing here in California.

Photography05 Oct 2008 03:05 pm

Sarcocaulon crassicaule

This spiny shrub from Namibia in the geranium family can get to about 10″ tall. Well, that barely qualifies as a shrub.

Photography&Science04 Oct 2008 11:26 am

I don’t know what this is. We have a whole bunch of them growing. They’re only 4 years old, but I don’t even know if they’re a small barrel, getting close to full size, or if they’re a giant barrel just starting off. I’m guessing it’s an Echinocactus, but I just don’t know. I’ve identified about a dozen genuses it could be.

Photography30 Sep 2008 11:35 am

Here we have a beautiful daisy-like flower, larger than the little succulent hiding underneath. You can see it peeking through the petals. I wonder what it is?

Another picture after the break…
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Photography26 Sep 2008 03:06 pm

Ipomoea jaegeri

Now that’s a stunning plant. The flowers last only the one day, but they’re quite big for a morning glory, about 4 inches across. Succulent stems, to 2 or 3 ft. Shrubby things.

Nursery&Photography25 Sep 2008 02:00 pm

Look what we found in among the olive trees.

There’s been a lot of spiders out this time of year. I carry a bamboo stake when coming in to the nursery first thing, to clear all the webs along the aisles. It’s starting to get to the point where they’re across the window on the car, across the front door at home, and they spin those webs so fast that you can clear an aisle and find another full web within an hour!

Maybe I should ask Keith to stop feeding them slugs so they’ll go away.

Photography&Quotes23 Sep 2008 09:04 am

I try to use these quotes as a way to add a little politics to the site without writing political posts. So now should be the time for presidential candidate quotes. But events overtake, and I really like the way this is phrased. It’s not really a quote, more like a subordinate clause:

…Wall Street’s blind faith in its own ability to transubstantiate subprime mortgages into AAA-rated, investment-grade paper…

Now that’s an image to hold onto. (Billmon)

And here’s an image for your patience:

It’s a closeup of an Opuntia subulata c.v. monstrose. A wonderful example of how a small virus can take a giant tree cholla and turn it into a densely packed apartment-block of branches no taller than 3ft.

Blogs&Photography21 Sep 2008 03:49 pm

by DevilsTower. I’ll wait for you to finish it and come back….

OK, so that was interesting.

Here, have a picture for your effort:

Echinocereus morricalii – a spineless hedgehog cactus (well, almost spineless)! Sprawling clumps of low stems from Monterrey, Mexico. They will have Magenta flowers, if you can wait. We’re keeping them indoors, because they’re just a bit frost sensitive.

Photography06 Sep 2008 08:46 am

I hate that common name. What a stupid name. They should change it. I’m going to call this the Cherry Pie Yucca, because it’s delicious.

Yucca rostrata – From Texas, it can get over 6 ft. tall, and will look a lot like a Joshua Tree, but it will survive the winter in these parts, thrive even. Still, it’s not as famous as the Joshua Tree, and so most people aren’t interested. I suppose if Bono hasn’t sung a song to it recently, then you might not want it. Well fine. More for me.

Photography05 Sep 2008 03:05 pm

Here’s a Saguaro photo that appears on a site called Now Public. It lists a creative commons license that allows reproduction with attribution.

Photo by drewnaustin

I think this was OK for me to do.

Photography04 Sep 2008 12:23 pm

It’s a new Sedum for us, S. Rosy Glow. I think they call it that because it has a bit of a rosy glow to it. It’s low growing like one of our other favorite shrubby sedums, S. “Bertram Anderson”, but a milder color.

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