Just think. Before macro digital photography, none of us could really appreciate the intricate beauty of flowers and plants--unless we had a microscope handy.
That first picture is just spectacular. A bit mesmerising.
You have some amazing plants and I love the story of the Holland traveler plant. May it live long and prosper.
The first photos remind me of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the plants we saw there. They could almost be under water. The little ones on the path must keep you from pattering barefoot round the garden:)
I love that beautiful pot and isn't it great to have plants that remind you of loves ones?
greetings, dear lady - love this post, just let me say! i'm a cactus/succulent lover of many many years - having come by it naturally as i love the southwest usa with a fervor - and the plants have such a magnificent architectural quality about them - undeniably beautiful to me - they are also very soothing i think - calming - a couple of years ago, i had thought that i was going to build a "subterranean loft" space in my daughter's house - that means i planned to convert the basement into a loft style space - one of the things i put in the floor plans was a zen garden under the open stairway - a river rock bed filled with succulents - your plants here are all so beautiful - and the stories that go with them equally so - especially the 100 year old plant - how wonderful for you to have! thanks so much for sharing these beautiful plants and their stories! have a great day there in the hills, lady!!!
Okay, so that last plant looks like a succulent, like a cactus without the spikes, but I always associated succulents with hot, dry climates. So what was it doing in Holland. Or am I totally wrong about succulents? I'm really not well-informed about plants, so feel free to educate me.
Dear Lady--What a lovely variety of cacti/succulents you have shown us. They are beautiful! I don't much care for the needles in the fingers and toes, but the plants are wondrous. The plant from Holland looks like a "Christmas cactus". Are they the same thing? In the same family? Completely different? Thanks for sharing your lovelies.
So many of them and yes it a joy just to look at them. I would love to see them if ever I visit USA again ;D
I love spikey things
and I love unusual plants
they're the rock stars of nature
that top shot is amazing
Wonderful photos :)
These are some beautiful and interesting plants, Naomi! I love that Betty gave you the tall ones that represent your friendship. How sweet of her and something tells me they will grow much taller in the coming years.
PS - It was wonderful chatting with you earlier. It always is, and please, call me again anytime! Hugs to you and much love, Ileana xo
PS - I just tried to add you to my blogroll and got the same message:
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I will add it and see what happens.
those are all just wonderful
Wow! No wonder you are still a legend at California Cactus in Pasadena!
One of my favourite things about our home in Phoenix is the cactus. It's just something you never see in the UK. I love all the different kinds. Very close to our house is a small Cactus park where you can go and stroll and learn more about all the different kinds. We haven't done that yet, but when I do I'll take my camera and you'll hear all about it!
I love all your plants Naomi and the lovely stories that go with them. :)
...as for nature making mistakes... I dunno, it kind of made a big one with me. ;)
Over 100yrs old? Wow, how amazing is that? I never appreceitaed cacti (is that the correct term?) until I visited the London Chelsea Flower Show one year. A huge display of these enormous plants, in every variety imaginable were on display - and they were utterly AWESOME!
Respect, dear lady, you have a great eye!
as always..great photography Naomi!! I do so love the one that Betty gave you saying it represented to two of you and your friendship.. wow.. it doesn't get any better
so beautiful my friend. I loved your comments on tv shows...many of my thoughts exactly. over here we watch alot of bbc america. loved The Hour. love
Doc Martin on PBS. don’t watch alot of “regular tv.”
Thanks for your kind comments during this difficult time. xxc
Some really great close up shots, shows you every detail of these all too often forgotten plants.
People tend to think that cacti are boring plants, but I think that they are among some of the most beautiful plants for both their complexity and, if you pick the correct variety, the lovely flowers they can produce.
And of course, on the whole, they tend to be so undemanding and easy to care for, they certainly last longer in our house than any other plant.
Interesting post as always
Naomi, I love the geometry of the cacti and the spines on them. It just points to a higher Power to me.
The patterns in nature are mathematical and very cool! I love the macro shots. Thanks, Naomi.
just dropping by to wish you a fab friday and great weekend!
Very fascinating Naomi, all your beautiful plants and the stories to go with them! How wonderful to have one so old from Holland! That is amazing! I hope it lives on and on and thrives well in your garden!
The first Photo is the best illustration I've ever seen for how World Wide Web is constructed.
Your Garden is nothing else but unique and fantastic.
Name: OldOldLady Of The Hills
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