Wednesday, October 27, 2010
the garden then and now


It is amazing how huge most of the plants have gotten--especially all the Euphorbias....to get a real sense of how BIG some of these plants are now...Below, I took a picture of Shawn standing next to the corner Euphorbia Ingens that you can see in the first and second pictures above.......And look at that Euphornia Amak Verigated, behind it---it is even bigger and taller......To see how it looked when it was first planted---here is a reminder, below...... Deep in the background is that first corner-stone Euophorbia....It wasn't tiny, but next to how it looks now---it was minuscule.....And since we are looking at this view above, here below is how it looks now from a similar angle...... This picture is not an exact match by any means, but it shows the enormous growth of so many of the plants---even the little ones which are very very slow growing. (And the 'natural light' was not great at all because everything had grown so much there really wasn't a lot of light that could get through when we were there last month.....) Below one of the smaller Cactus plants that had grown quite a bit, too, as mentioned above..... Not a great picture...but here is a better one, below.....The plant I wanted you to see is the small-tall one right in the middle in the photo above, but over on the left in the picture below...... See how the top of it has all that new growth? It was thrilling to see how so very many plants were thriving and still looking healthy and with new growth. The Euphorbia Cooperii that appears to be behind there---the light-green-almost-yellow-with-dead-withered-tops, has not done as well. I think it is because it is not getting enough sun or light. They are a more delicate plant to begin with and need just the right environment to truly thrive..... Above, we see one of the smaller but more mature Euphorbia Ingens that had to be so carefully packed for moving so the arms would not break off---it is next to the barrier that was erected to separate the kitchen door from the seating area which is being created-with-cement in the picture above......And here it is, below, today...... It is magnificent! But, if it had to be moved now....well, it would be an even more major packing job, plus---these plants are very very heavy. Each arm could weigh 60 or more pounds.....Woody would feel so good knowing the plants he grew from seed and nurtured so lovingly are doing so well, all these many years later..... Still in that same area but looking the other way....remember this picture above? Joe standing behind another Euophorbia Ingens......Here below, how it looks today....... It too has grown so very beautifully---That is Shawn standing in the background.....These Ingens have not grown as much or as high as their sister/brother plants that have gotten more sun.....These are in more shade because of the Kapok Trees...but, still, they have done beautifully in these 15 years.......There is more and you will get to see it next time around........And isn't it all just amazing and thrilling?It truly touched my heart in a very deep way to not only see that the Garden was still there, even though the building is empty now, but also, that it is thriving so fantastically.......! All I could think was: Woody and Abbie would be so incredibly proud.




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11 Comments:
had this to say:

My how that garden has thrived!!!
Thanks for posting the comparative pictures. It's great to see the garden then and now!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 1:40:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! Thats incredible Naomi!!! it looks as if every single one made it ! I've never seen any so large!! just magnificent!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 3:20:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

The growth is amazing and yes Woody, his wife and you can be so pleased.
I love the comparison pictures.
You say the building is empty now? Hope that will be in your next post.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 4:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm also interested in what has happened to the building. Nature is amazing, isn't it. Growth happens!

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 4:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I keep trying to remember how long it takes for a garden to truly come "in" and be mature. I get so discouraged sometimes at my own back yard! I know you must have been pleased at how this one has thrived. It is very beautiful.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 5:05:00 AM PDT 

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It's so special to see a garden which has ceased being something "man-made" and become a part of the landscape. I'm sure it gives you thrills to know you had a part in that.

Cheers.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 8:17:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

the garden, the sunshine, the GROWTH! you're seriously making this originally-california-but-now-unwillingly-minnesota-girl GREEN with envy! ba-dum-bum! get it, green? oh dear! thanks, as always, for a fab look through your lens! love it! :)

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:02:00 AM PDT 

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Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 10:23:00 PM PDT 

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The growth is extraordinary.
Will it keep on growing I wonder?

Monday, November 1, 2010 at 5:27:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Fascinating to see how well this garden has thrived.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 12:44:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Well, it is so neat to see the comparison photos!! The plants have done wonderfully well. I'd love to see the garden!! Yes, I think Woody and Abbie would indeed be proud. Very proud, and also proud of you for posting about it for all of us! :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:27:00 PM PDT 

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