Friday, March 27, 2020

That's a wrap on my 2019 Lotusland visit...

Just a week shy of the 1 year anniversary and I'm wrapping up coverage of last year's trip to Lotusland. We'll start with a few random photos and then move on to the cactus garden.  Here's a blooming Kumara plicatilis, formerly Aloe plicatilis...

Furcraea macdougallii, I believe.

I covet that greenhouse.

That segmented cactus looks like a fake, don't you think?

And we enter the cactus garden...

"This extensive collection of columnar cacti was donated to Lotusland in 1999 by Merritt Dunlap, a longtime friend of Madame Walska. Dunlap began his collection in 1929 and grew approximately 40 percent of the plants from seed." (source)

Sadly I cannot name any of these striking specimans.

It feels quite otherworldly to walk here, especially when you're all alone.

That's where the alien ship lands to take all these columnar cactus back home.

Yes, it's soft. I couldn't help but touch.

Hey have a seat, turn your back on those two and there's no telling what they might do.

And this my friends, is the end of my coverage of Lotusland, circa 2019. If you haven't ever visited, you really should.

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14 comments:

  1. "Otherworldly" is right.

    That broken up flat stone mulch for the cacti is ab-fab! A perfect accent for the plants.

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    1. You're right it is. The different sizes and colors blending and contrasting with the larger stone.

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  2. An incredible collection of cacti and succulents. The blooms on the 'furry' cacti are quite pretty. Nothing beats walking around a garden on your own to really immerse yourself in it.

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    1. I was so lucky to be able to spend the day here when there were very few other people around.

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  3. 'Otherworldly' is an apt descriptor! Such a marvelous garden. I hope someday I get to see it in person.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your visit in such detail, Loree! I do hope to get back there but, sadly, it's not likely to be this year.

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  5. Thank you for the tour. On my list for sure.

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  6. Oh, binge-reading gardening blogs is such fun!
    Lotusland is an amazing place. I was enamored by the fuzzy cacti but even more astonishing is that about "40 percent of the plants (were grown) from seed". Walking among those towering "pillars" could leave a visitor awe struck.
    The garden is closed to the public for a time because of the health scare around the country.

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  7. A year??? Say it ain't so! I had so much fun!

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  8. Wow! Thank you so much for posting about cactus gardens. Your blog is so interesting! These pictures make me feel like I am at Lotusland. I'm definitely going to make a trip out there. I have been learning more about cacti and how to the grow them so I think going here would be super helpful!

    Thanks again for your post!

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