Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Mushrooms in the Desert?
All of a sudden I started seeing mushrooms everywhere in the garden. I think it is related to the wood chip mulch that we spread around from our trusty shredder. We shredded Palo Verde wood and maybe the spores were in the wood. Regretfully, the shredder is being retired, due to neighbor's complaints about the noise. The mulch is so valuable, that I barely noticed. Oh well.
Xantus Hummingbird at Agave Flower
Mexican Blue Palm
I'm not sure of the name-- maybe Pachyphytum. I bought one little plant five or six years ago and I keep starting new cuttings. In early winter the birds find these quite delectible and gobble them down to the stems. This time of year, luckily the birds aren't interested and the plants recover from the trauma.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Another Agave Spike
Friday, March 17, 2006
Aloe ferox Seed Pods
I'm growing baby lettuces in a container and I had a few extra seedlings so I plunked them down in one of my shady succulent mosaic garden areas. They seem to be thriving and I'm thinking of adding more to make a larger green area. I give them extra squirts of water to keep them happy. Red lettuces would make a nice mosaic patch too.
This is Coulterella capitata--a native I found growing in some sand dunes near La Paz a few years ago. Surprisingly, it is in the Sunflower family. It has a strong odor/fragrance when you touch it--kind of a medicinal smell--unlike any other. I'm trying to propagate it and it looks like at least one cutting is going to make it.
One of the best things I ever did, was put this birdbath in view of my studio window. Today I saw goldfinches, orioles, green towhee, scrub jay and these guys (house finch and cardinal) bathing and drinking in it. Yesterday, I saw a couple of male hooded orioles actually rolling around in the dust, fighting--mating season is starting.
Flower of the Day
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Here's an example of my "don't pull it til you know it" policy. The blue-leafed Proboscidea planted itself among these Kalanchoe luciae and while it isn't be best place for it--and most people would have yanked it out, I really want to see what it will do and whether this native has horticultural potential. It's almost like we are in the dating phase of our relationship and I need to decide whether we should get to know each other better.