Sunday, January 30, 2011


Opuntia sublata montrose 'Christmas Tree'
Some call this Opuntia 'Christmas Tree.' So again it looks like I can't seem to leave Christmas behind, even though it's two days to February! The little red phylloclades on the tips of this cactus look like little red ornaments, don't they? Montrose is the smaller and may I say cuter version of the larger Opuntia sublata.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Photo Fused Glass

Christmas 2010 already seems like years ago, but I keep forgetting to post this message. My Sister-in-Law made me this amazing Christmas present. It's an actual image of my house and garden. Isn't it the coolest! To see her 'stuff'' go to Palisade Stained Glass Art.

Friday, January 14, 2011


tomentosa (Panda Plant)
This is the 'vanilla' version of Kalanchoe t. 'Chocolate Soldier.' If I were choosing ice cream, I'd go with vanilla every time. If I had to choose between the plants, I would have a much more difficult time. For now, I like them equally.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier'

We are finally having a winter! It's been in the teens. I've decided, while my plants and I are hibernating in the warmth of the house, to take the opportunity to get up close with my potted succulents and tropicals by photographing them.

The first to have this honor is this beauty. I dare anyone who sees it not to touch its fuzzy leaves. I love that it has a brownish tint. I'm not a chocolate fanatic but this plant may change that!

p.s. The table in the photograph is one of my 'mosaic decoupage' creations.