Thursday, May 19, 2016

EPCOT's Cactus Road Rally

I just realized I never did get around to sharing my pictures of the Cactus Road Rally Garden at EPCOT, from our trip there last month. This display garden from the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival impressed me with its fabulous specimen plants -- not all cactus, but many succulents as well as some pretty trippy Euphorbias (which are South Africa's ecological equivalent of our American Southwest's cactuses). The big difference -- and it's a big one -- is that true cactus are edible and filled with water, but Euphorbia is poisonous, and filled with a caustic latex-like sap.




Chaotic mix of Aloes, Agaves and Yuccas

Loved those enormous variegated cactus


Opuntia monacantha variegata/Joseph's Coat cactus

Another of the same, in a huge pot

Loved this combo of Agave attenuata with Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' and mother-in-law's tongue

Agave attenuata with bright pink Dianthus and a sea of lime green Sedum

That same sedum with Graptoveria(?)

Fabulously large and thick Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire'

That same lime green Sedum with metallic Dyckia 'Nickel Silver'


Variegated cactus, more mother-in-law's tongue, and Yucca elephantipes (which will one day be really huge and tree-like)

Bunny Ear Cactus/Opuntia microdasys

Eve's Needle cactus/Austrocylindropuntia subulata

Bulbine, Kalanchoe and Yucca

A pretty succulent patchwork

Pachypodiums which may or may not be alive
Flame of Jamaica/Euphorbia punicea

Silver Thicket/Euphorbia stenoclada

Cow's Horn Euphorbia/Euphorbia grandicornis

With that, I'm finally finished posting the photos from my trip. I hope you enjoyed them!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

For today's vignette, I'm sharing a shot of an accidental combo in my garden. Often when I divide my Pacific Coast Irises, I completely lose track of which is which. It was sheer luck that I ended up pairing this blue/purple one with self-sown orange 'Solar Flashback' Calendula.


Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Check out her post here.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- May 2016

A combination of laziness and feeling like crap has made me late for Bloom Day. It's more work than I'm willing to do to post pictures of everything that's currently blooming, so here are some pics of Alliums, Columbines and Peonies.








This poor thing was face down in the dirt after our weekend of rain








Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.

Hope you have an abundance of flowery riches in your garden!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

For my Wednesday Vignette I'm sharing a shot of one of the plants tucked into a crevice in my front garden, in the recycled concrete wall. It's the oddball flowers of Acaena microphylla 'Blue Haze,' with a backdrop of Sedum 'Angelina.' Both of these plants have thrived in the dry-stacked concrete wall.



Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Check out her link and see who else is sharing photos.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

Eight years ago when we first moved here, someone gave me a handful of different Pacific Coast Iris. The pots originally had names, but those tags have been lost to the mists of time. The only name I remember is 'Broadleigh Rose.' Googling brings up pictures and descriptions that make me think the PCI that I'm sharing a picture of today is 'Broadleigh Rose.'

They flower at this time of year, but the best time to divide and replant them is in the middle of winter, when they're dormant. Even though dormant, you still have to be careful not to let the roots dry out. It's important to either get them back in the ground immediately (as in the same day you dig them), or into soil in a pot.

I've divided and replanted that original handful that I was given many times over. They bulk up in my garden very quickly, and so far have taken well to every bed I've planted them into. I've had great luck with them.

Pacific Coast Iris 'Broadleigh Rose' resting her pretty head on top of the broken concrete wall

Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. You can check out her current post here.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Random Disney Friday

For your Friday amusement, here are a bunch of random shots from our recent Disney World vacation.


Mickey Mouse caps on the shampoo and conditioner bottles

Nigel under a Philodendron leaf (I think)

View down the hall from our room
I'm enamored of Minnie -- we had them ship one of these plaques home to us.

Vertical garden inside the door of the Festival Center

Bed full of riotous color just outside the Festival Center -- those red flowers on the left are Amaryllis in the ground

I attended a talk on Unusual Tropical Flowers, and the giveaway was this tiny orchid and black pot -- I didn't want the hassle of bringing it home and trying to keep it alive, so I gave it away to the guy sitting beside me
I have no clue what this tropical plant is, but I love it!

Aren't the flowers cool?

Bismarck palms at EPCOT

A river of orange flowering Bromeliads

Coontie/Zamia floridana cones

Colorful terra cotta containers at the Italy pavilion at EPCOT

Agave getting ready to devour a trash can outside the Mexico pavilion

Dragon made of Bromeliads at the garden in the China pavilion

A nozzle inside the dragon's mouth spurted mist -- and is that an Agave on his head?

Water lily and Lotus in the China pavilion garden

Buddha's Belly Bamboo

Not what most people think of as pot feet -- we had them ship one of these home to us

Display in the bonsai shop -- they also sold carnivorous plants and Tillandsias

I brought that adorable little green pot home in my carry-on

Lady and the Tramp -- love her feather grass ears

Display in the topiary shop

I'm kicking myself that I didn't figure out how to get this Minnie topiary home -- I thought it might be too big to ship
Salvia, Coreopsis and Snapdragons



Berlandiera(?) and Pentas(?)

This what straw flowers look like for real -- when not glued to the top of a cactus


Tropical Hibiscus

Gerbera daisy and lots of Florida sunshine
Have a fabulous weekend!