Thursday, January 19, 2017
I am afraid I took the last eight years too much for granted. I realize that not everything that was what I might have liked and the obstructionism must have made life miserable for him especially. But what charm, elegance and sophistication emanated from the highest office from the land. And the way in which Barack and Michelle carried themselves, protected their children from the harsh glare of stupidity, and glided above the unfathomable vulgarity, the crassness and the truly evil taunts of racists and the campaign of hate mounted against them by Amurica's underbelly.
And now those dark forces seem to have closed in on us. The memory of those eight years may taunt us. I hope the ship of state and the vast majority of good people can withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Like every thoughtful American I know, I look to tomorrow with enormous dread and foreboding: the most unpredictable, captious, malicious and ethically, morally challenged being imaginable seems poised to grab the reins and send us into a daily firestorm of tweets, spite and nastiness. And possibly even worse.
As for tomorrow, mourning.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
|Salvia pachyphylla x S. lavandulifolia|
|Salvia recognita x lavandulifolia|
|Salvia aff. caespitosa|
|Salvia aff. caespitosa|
I photographed this last summer at Denver Botanic Gardens. But my plants never got this far. Sniff.
|Salvia sclarea 'Vatican White'|
I took this picture near Olympia in Greece: I got seed of the plant from a botanic garden, and grew it at Denver Botanic Gardens for many years...until I didn't.
I believe these were the first plants of Salvia pachyphylla ever grown in Colorado. Some of the very first in cultivation ANYWHERE outside California. I drove by, and they're still there, a quarter century or more after I planted them in our old house (we moved out of there 24 years ago--that's how I surmise their age (although I could look on the transparency whence these were scanned). We grow this at the Botanic Gardens, but it prefers heavier soil than at my house in se Denver. Boo hoo.
(P.S. Most of me abhors the nasty vista of those Salvia in the last frame smothering the prairie. But a little tiny piece of me (the little devil on my shoulder) says "Wowee Zowee that's Coooooooool")
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
|Aloinopsis spathulata picture taken September 30, 2007|
The genus Delosperma is well known in gardens nowadays, but dozens of of other genera of Mesembryanthemaceae are found in areas that experience severe cold. Aloinopsis spanthulata was the first of these to be grown in Denver: Paul Heiple was an enthusiastic member of the Cactus club in the early 1980's who was the first to over-winter this beautiful plant outside in a Denver garden. We have subsequently grown it in a variety of sites and conditions: this can form an enormous caudex and live a very long time in our semi-arid climate, although Denver is probably much colder than its native home on the high Roggeveld Plateau where the previous and next two pictures were taken in September of 2007.
We had been driving for many hours across the high Plateau from Calvinia to Sutherland. We found this msemb in only one spot about 10 km north and west of Sutherland. Notice the clay soil it's growing in in nature. Although this was high spring, there was not a lot of bloom anywhere on the plateau. But the Aloinopsis blazed and could be seen by the passing bus! Which is how we found it!
Here it can be see caked with mud
|Picture taken April 20, 2016|
And here it was last spring at the fabulous crevice garden at the APEX recreation center in Arvada.
An old picture scanned--from my old garden...
The one above and below are at Denver Botanic Gardens
And here are a medley of hybrids that we grew from Bill Adams of Sunscapes Nursery: bill began the trend of hybridizing various mesembs to produce astonishing range of colors: a number of other hybridizers have begun crossing plants in the Aloinopsis, Nananthus and Rabiea group, producing some truly spectacular color ranges--but that's really another story. But a story that began with Aloinopsis spathulata, a wonderful pachydermous little gem of the karoo!
Various hybrids of Aloinopsis spathulata and Nananthus spp. at Denver Botanic Gardens South African Plaza.