Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Steppe Garden, at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Let's go back to the Denver Botanic Gardens, shall we?

This is the Steppe Garden. Their website says: In the Steppe Garden, learn about the fragile steppe biome and about steppe landscapes across the world with climates and plant communities similar to our semi-arid region. Featured are Central Asian, South African, Patagonian and North American Steppes. 

I wish I could tell you I sought out each of those featured locations and would be telling you more about them, but I did not. If there was further labeling about the regions I missed it.

Being a lover of potted plant collections I scooted right over to check these out

And was THRILLED to discover this, Hoodia gordonii (Southern Africa).

I don't remember how it happened but Andrew and I were looking for something online when I found this plant and he fell in love with it. I bought seeds last year but they weren't the real it was wonderful to see a blooming plant here "in the flesh"...

What the garden is all about...

I've no idea what this is, but the flowers are pretty fabulous.

And damn but Denver does Delosperma (ice plant) well!

And rocks. I previously called sempervivum the "it plant" of the Denver Fling but it may have been more accurate to go with rocks.

Not that I'm making fun of this incredible crevice garden "egg" it was amazing.

It had a flat-topped sibling.

I did not.

Nor did I climb on this strange thing.

More pots...

I guess I can see kids feeling the urge to get up there and conquer the rocks.

Kinda like this plant is doing.

When I was there it didn't feel so beige, but looking back, beige.

Huh, lifted when cold weather hits, no doubt.

Another... (cycad)...

Did I mention the rocks?

Bukiniczia cabulica!

And a bunny, a bunny just chomping away...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday Vignette; making a wreath is always the right answer

Last week, when I shared a photo of the magnolia seed cones I'd picked up, I wasn't expecting questions about what I would do with them. Just picking them up and putting them in a pile where I could admire them seemed like enough to me. Sure a few make it inside, on the mantle, or the dining table centerpiece, but that's about it. But thanks to your questions I decided I should up my game.

I'd been eyeing a pile of wine-barrel hoops at a local salvage shop. The wide metal band seemed up to the task of carrying the weight of the heavy cones and big leaves. But once I got to work, wiring the leaves and cones onto the hoop, I couldn't come up with anything that felt—or looked—right. And so I went with a simple swag inside the hoop.

Photographing a wreath on our front door is difficult. I have to prop the glass door open or else I get a reflection, like this. The glass door is nice though, as it allows me to put a varied assortment of things on the door and have them protected from the elements, or theft. And it's not nearly as reflective "in real life"...oh and "in real life" the door and the chartreuse hover dish planter are much closer in color.

I don't think I shared a photo of the revamped hover dish planting I did earlier this year. The old one was looking very tired.

So there you have it. A wreath vignette this week. It's nice to have the time to be creative again, there will definitely be more wreaths in the coming weeks...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ganna's sunny patio

Ganna Walska that is, the lady who created Lotusland.

I don't recall seeing this patio on my previous visits to Lotusland, I think it's tucked away, of the main pathway, just enough that most visitors miss it.

I've read that Ganna preferred living in the pavilion, adjacent to the main house, that would mean this patio was hers to enjoy.

I wonder what it looked like then? The furniture could be from that era...

But that tillandisa tree? Perhaps...

And who lives here now?

We were allowed to enter part of the house when viewing the origami exhibit (here).

The perfect centerpiece bromeliad, well, for a table at Lotusland.

Okay, let's look at the plantings in the narrow strip around the patio and house...

Tall cactus, clumping bromeliad (Aechmea recurvata v. recurvata?) short round cactus, repeat. Quite successful I think.

Yes I really did want to kick those rocks back in before taking this photo, but I resisted.

And have I mentioned how much I wish I could put bromeliads in the ground? Yes, I suppose I have...

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Monday, November 11, 2019

The "other" bromeliad garden at Lotusland...

Back to my visit to Lotusland last April...

The courtyard between the main house and the smaller pavilion (where Ganna Walska actually lived) was where we ate lunch during the Bromeliad Summit and where we exited to when breaks were called.

I imagine regular visitors could walk up here too, but I never have. I was seeing this for the first time.

Just outside the courtyard area was a bromeliad garden. I've spent plenty of time admiring the larger bromeliad garden (post yet to come) but had never seen this one...

It turns out that this was the first bromeliad area developed at the garden.

History of Bromeliads at Lotusland: Madame Ganna Walska enjoyed collecting exotic plants and in the 1950’s, bromeliads were not readily available. She purchased most of her bromeliad collection from Hummel’s Exotic Gardens in Carlsbad and from Fritz Kubish, owner of Jungle Plants and Flowers in Culver City. In the late 1960’s Kubish was hired to surround her residence in the Pavilion with bromeliads. This are later evolved into the Upper Bromeliad Garden. In the late 1970’s, overcrowded bromeliads were relocated by Charles Glass into the area now known as the Lower Bromeliad Garden and the collection was later rearranged and added to by Bill Paylen, who also designed and planted the Fern Garden. In 2004, the Dunlap Cactus Garden opened to the public and is home to several terrestrial bromeliads. (excerpt from the materials we received that day)

Pacific Northwest girl that I am I can't fathom being able to leave these plants outdoors year round. It just blows my mind...

There are 372 Taxa of 31 different Bromeliad Genera at Lotusland.

I waited and waited for that lady to move on. She seemed to be daring me to take her photo.

Off the back of the house...

If I had lion statuary you know I'd being doing this same thing.

Moving on...

Agaves! (there should always be agaves, whenever possible)

Sorry, I couldn't resist another.

Tomorrow we'll continue just a little further down that path and visit another "new to me" bit of Lotusland.

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