Friday, September 6, 2013

Ever wonder what your neighbors are up to behind the fence?


If one looks closely there are hints this isn't just an any other Portland home. Signs that something different might be going on just out of sight, after all it's not every parking strip that has a blooming Crassula falcata.

Or a cute little pair of Aloe 'Blue Elf' (I think)...

Although opuntia aren't all that rare around here these days (yay!).

And not everyone knows that Agave attenuata melts at temperatures much below 30F.

Big healthy Musa basjoo can be seen above fence lines all over town...

But rarely does a Euphorbia ammak var. variegata peek over to greet passers-by.

For those that didn't see the signs, or already know, it must have been a bit of a shock when Luther, owner of Kara Cactus put up some tables in his side yard, filled them with treasures, and invited anyone who happens to read his blog to stop by and have a look.

So many amazing things!

I bought this one (below), and I'd love to tell you what it is, but sadly I've lost the label. If any of you know I'd love an i.d....otherwise I suppose I'll have to check with Luther and admit my negligence.

I really wanted this speciman Aloe plicatilis (Fan Aloe), but it wasn't for sale.

Euphorbia milii 'Fireworks'

Kalanchoe orgyalis

Cephalocereus senilis (Old Man Cactus) always crack me up.

Lithops

Gasteria 'Lime Warty'

Here's Andrew checking out the goods behind the fence...

I'd attempt to tell you the name of this tiny agave but really it's easier just to show you the tag.

Here's the bottom of that Euphorbia ammak var. variegata, which was for sale...if you had $150.

The sun was lighting up this Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick' (I think) so perfectly, I'm tempted to end with this image.

But if I did you wouldn't get to see what else was hiding behind the fence, Ladybug their miniature horse. You just never know...

All material © 2009-2013 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

36 comments:

  1. Good stuff! Love the old man cactus. Although it does look very much like the top of MY head.

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    1. Ha! I guess you do have the right hair color don't you?

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  2. You picked a good fence to peek behind. So many great plants. I like your plant choice, very unusual texture and color.

    Miniature agaves and miniature horses. Both are so cute.

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    1. I hadn't really thought about the miniature collection but you're right!

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  3. I just want to be near enough to browse all those fantastic plants ! I would need a truck to carry them all home though ... and I might just sneak the tiny horse in too !!

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    1. I bet he'd let all the plants go before he let the horse go.

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  4. Your dedication to field work is nothing short of astounding. Good job.

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    1. It's exhausting but somebody's got to do it!

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  5. What the heck is the plant in image 121, two below the dwarf Agave label? It's crazy!

    The one you bought is pretty darn crazy too! Too bad you didn't get more of the label in the photo.

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    1. Kalanchoe daigremontiana, also called Mother of Thousands...because each one of those little ruffles will drop and become a plant. Under the right circumstances of course.

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  6. fifi la fontaineSeptember 06, 2013

    Omg, those cacti are incredible. I really love the one you got. It looks like some kind of sci-fi sculpture! And wow, someone has a miniature horse in the Portland metro area??

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  7. I'm usually one to go running from euphorbia (never, ever as polite as they say!!), but that Euphorbia milii 'Fireworks'is awfully awfully pretty.

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    1. It's a knock out for sure, love the little dab of scarlet at the center.

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  8. What a great selection of cacti and succulents! Why don't we all have a neighbor like this? The blooming Crassula is gorgeous! Glad you got to check this out!

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    1. Me too, I meant to go last year but double booked myself. So many good things happening on the same weekend it's hard to choose!

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  9. Cool succulents AND a miniature horse? They've got it all going on.

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  10. I want Lady bug for Mickey and Rosie!

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    1. Would you train them to ride on her back? That would be ADORABLE!

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  11. And this is your...NEIGHBOR? How serendipitous is that? Your block parties will be dangerous affairs. I think Viscaya has (or had) a plant very like the one you wanted but was not for sale.
    Just how small IS that pony? Size of a large (say, Labrador) dog?

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    1. Nope, not my neighbor, he lives closer to Jane than me. I wish all those plants were closer, some might just walk over here by accident! My post title was just playing off the idea he's somebodies neighbor...

      I need to get out to Viscaya, I've been meaning to all spring...summer...where does time go?

      Oh and there's a photo of Ladybug pulling Luther on this page, for a size reference: http://www.karacactus.com/about.htm

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  12. I like that dwarf agave! it is so cute! wow, you guys can even have a small horse in your back yards...

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    1. Evidently, crazy huh? Pigs, chickens, all sorts of animals living in our backyards!

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  13. Your neighbors are much more interesting than mine...You caught the miniature horse in a very sweet pose. And thank you for inadvertently helping me with a plant ID. I saw another, unlabeled, cultivar of Gasteria 'Lime Warty" at a local nursery yesterday and had no clue what it was - your ID led me to determine that it was Gasteria 'Little Warty,' which will come home with me on my next visit.

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    1. I'm afraid I can't claim him as my neighbor...sorry for the confusion. But I'm glad I could help with an ID...and a purchase, yay!

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  14. What nice collection here,and thanks for the link to his blog..so he has a greenhouse right ? He has lots of tenders there that need a safe haven in winter.

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    1. Yep he's got a greenhouse, although I later realized I didn't see it!

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  15. As if that agave wasn't cute enough, it has my favorite specific epithet...verschafeltii. I don't know why but I just love the way it sounds. It doesn't hurt that it's also the specific epithet for my favorite palm as well.

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  16. I would have to call that the ultimate yard sale. Now I wonder if any of my neighbors are doing something like that in their back gardens? Nah!! but you never know.

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    1. You really do never know about the back yard!

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  17. Wow, that is quite the sale and collection! I love how you framed this post to get us wondering what would be behind the fence. All that and a miniature pony....of course!

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    1. I bet the miniature pony is a fairly rare occurrence.

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  18. Damn it, now I NEED a miniature horse. So unbelievably cute!

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  19. Gymnocalycium rasgonesei! What do I win? What do I win?

    On a side note, I have enjoyed the much more interactive nature of your posts lately.

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