Wednesday, February 01, 2006


SOME PHOTO'S...



I thought I might post a few interesting photo's of plants from my garden, and maybe a few flowers, too...



"Golden Barrel"










"Golden Barrel" is the common name for this plant. These can get pretty big. And they are a Beautiful plant that usually has bright yellow flowers, but not at this time of year.












The "Kalanchoe" is an incredible plant with these very 'felt-like' leaves...they truly feel like felt cloth when you touch them...and they have a thickness that gives you a feeling of real substance. This is a very sturdy plant, generally speaking, and to my eyes, quite unusual and quite beautiful.



This one is really a 'baby' volunteer off of the mother plant....and is planted in the bed of my Patio and I can look out and see it all the time...at some point I will post a photograph of the mother plant because it is way above the roof line now...another one that was pretty small when I planted it.....






This is a tiny flower that grows on a very very small plant in a cluster and has the common name of 'Hens & Chicks'. I'm not sure why except that there are so very many of these little beautiful heads in the cluster--it's like they are a bunch of chicks, I guess...




At some point I will show some more photographs of plants and flowers, but for now....I'll just say that this is just a tiny example of the many and varied plants in the Cactus and Succulant world that reinforces my feeling about how sculputural these wonderful plants are....there are so very many Agave species for instance, and it is certainly thought of as a kind of common plant...but this one....this Agave Parryi Huachucensis is so very perfect in it's symmetry and color....and so very pleasing to the eye, it kind of has the look of an artichoke. It's such an amazing plant, it sends out these shoots underground and suddenly you will see a little baby agave growing 10 or 15 feet away and it is off of this original plant....I've been told that these shoots from the agave are so tenacious that they can grow under the street and come up on the other side and I wouldn't doubt it at all! In fact I need to check and see if one has grown across the street yet.

More To Come...







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29 Comments:
had this to say:

Hi Naomi, love these photos!
Golden Barrel is really wonderful!
I have in my garden a little Kalanchoe and it's very resistant.
I like so much the Cactus and Succulant world and here in my garden they are the only resistant to the attack of the ants.
Beautiful post Naomi! I'm looking forward to see more photos!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 4:46:00 AM PST 

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Lovely! I miss miss miss my So Cal garden, but now that I moved to New Mexico, I am learning about all the local flora. Some of it is the same, the Hens and Chicks, the other succulents, but since I live on the edge of the Great Plains, there are more water worthy plants as well. Thanks for posting those photos.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 5:34:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Ivy
had this to say:

I just love the pictures.. I love cactus.. My dad has small potted cactus nothing compared to those!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 5:47:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Love the pictures of course! I have hens and chicks here but none as beautiful as those and I've never seen any bloom like that! Obviously they are better suited to your climate than ours!!

Be looking forward to more pictures, as I love any kind of flowers/gardens!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:47:00 AM PST 

Anonymous mar
had this to say:

Great pictures and very informative post, my dear. I love your plants, mine are so much smaller and I do not have the variety you display, although I guess the climate is quite similar. Thanks for the kind comment on the audition (lol), it was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:51:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Ash
had this to say:

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comment regarding art. I think I will rent the movie you suggested!
It helps talking to others who feel this same way...as a studio artist, it can get pretty lonely and feeling like I am the only one who feels this way! I truly appreciate you coming by and your comments!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 7:27:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Love the photos, your home must be a showcase!
Here from Micheles today

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 10:57:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Great pictures!! Thanks for going through these, I'll never have the patience to be a gardener but really appreciate them!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 12:49:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

So pretty! I still have to plant my yard in my new house, but I htink I better wait until Spring.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 1:21:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Your plantings are gorgeous. I'm curiuos if any of these plants could handle being houseplants in large containers...???...

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 1:52:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

They had a cactus garden in our newspaper the other day & let me say, it was nothing compared to yours! Not even remotely. I love the 'hens and chicks', I think its just so beautiful. I love looking at the pictures of your garden Naomi, you give it so much love. It's no wonder its so alive!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 2:52:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Wow, what a beautiful garden you have! You're making me miss CA - that's for sure:)

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 3:59:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

We have golden barrels too and they are beautiful - especially when the bloom. That's what I so love about cactus. They look kind of mean, but they produce these beautiful delicate flowers. Quite the dichotomy! Can't wait to see more pictures and see what other plants we have in common. :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 4:22:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I love cactii. I would sure hate to trip and fall in your garden, though, ouch!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 4:27:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Thanks for posting the lovely pics.
I agree with Sonia. The Golden Barrel is really neat looking.
I just imagine a burglar trying to sneak up the hill to your house and falling into all those prickly cacti.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 4:53:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Great pictures and very enlightening for those of us that live above the 49th parallel.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:44:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

WOW, Naomi, your cacti are really wonderful. I love the first photo; the spines look so geometric!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 9:55:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I really would love to visit your garden but I'm afraid that a trip to the USA is out of the question at the moment. We are going to build a house in the near future so a new garden will be pending - cactus prehaps? Nah, maybe not with a small child around....

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 2:03:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Lovely photos. I am afraid I am not musch of a gardener. But I do enjoy looking at the results of other's hard work.

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 3:53:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Forgot to mention that Michele sent me today.

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 3:53:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Our only cacti are those my son planted in pots but they are teeny compared to yours.
I would be too afraid to have huge ones with children around.
Have a great day I am back off to bed :)

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 4:29:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I had no idea there were so many different kinds of cactus or that they could be so pretty. Great pictures!

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 5:12:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Beautiful photos! :-)

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 6:14:00 AM PST 

Blogger dan
had this to say:

As a boy, I never really thought that I would get into plants... but after a stint managing a garden shop I can't live without the green in my house!

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 8:16:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Love the photos!

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 2:32:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I really liked your blog; I used to read it every day. I thought it was simply lovely in every way. I assumed you were, too. And then I read some of your comments on another blog.

Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 7:29:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Michele sent me back but i think I have commented on every one of your posts LOL

Friday, February 3, 2006 at 10:27:00 AM PST 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 6:57:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Kendall
had this to say:

Mamacita, the next time you post a comment like that please post your address along with it and I will be promptly over to give you the shin-kicking you deserve. My friend Naomi is a lovely person in ways I don't think you could comprehend. I'm sure it is her compassionate view of the world and all its ways that has got your own narrow mind in such a mean spirited state. So please, Gei Gezunt, which means in Yiddish, "Go. Go in peace. But GO!"

Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 12:14:00 AM PST 

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