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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Random Friday/Happy Fourth of July tomorrow!


Seen at an outdoor market.  Really?  I saw someone buy one.



 This one is obviously trying to follow the lady on the left.

Wells Medina Nursery just got a nice shipment of agaves and aloes.  So tempting to try Agave weberi again.  Such a beautiful plant and hardy in our climate if it can be kept dry in the winter.

 Red, White, and Blue for Independence Day.  The red is provided by the second, third, and fourth 'Early Girls' from the greenhouse tomato jungle. Sungolds ripen  every day but seldom make it into the house.

Three people with tillandsias on their minds. 


Retired from the Blue Man Group and letting his hair grow out!

For the Fourth,  here's a firework for you  which resides just outside my back porch so that I can enjoy it as the sunrise makes it sparkle.  Another creation of Judi Hook.


Hope you enjoy the day!

34 comments:

  1. Random Fridays are so much fun! Really, it's the flowered duct tape that pulls the look together.

    Love that sparkler! Happy Fourth!

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    1. Leave it to you to find the design linchpin! Happy Fourth to you!

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  2. Fun post Peter, even though it starts with one of my biggest dislikes in the garden: upside down plants. Blech. These would have been much cooler with the plants spilling out of the top of the bottles, but that takes planning and time.

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    1. I also despise upside-down plants except the occasional tillandsia but some of them grow that way anyway. Plants growing in glass containers bring back memories of the seventies. Brandy snifters, vases, just about any glass vessel was pressed into service. No drain holes. Just add activated charcoal or pebbles to the bottom . Oh the carnage.

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  3. Great "firework"! Have a safe & thrilling 4th.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I hope you also have a safe and thrilling 4th!

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  4. Happy Fourth of July, Peter! Hope your day has only as much fireworks as you can handle.

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    1. Thanks, Alison. They've already started this evening!

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  5. Happy Fourth of July Peter! And go on, try another A. weberi, you know you want to ;)

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    1. Thanks guys. You're right, I'd love to try another A. weberi but at this point it's a matter of not enough space. Those beauties get huge and surprisingly, my other plants are growing larger. Some of the Danger Gardenette had to stay in the greenhouse this summer for lack of space outside. They're reveling in the heat!

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  6. Happy Independence Day, Peter! I hope you enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend.

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  7. Ugh, those bottles! Of course all is forgotten once you share the beautiful agaves and aloes. Re: the A. weberi...do it! Mine is still going strong.

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    1. Bottles; yuk! I'd do it in an instant if I had space. There is that dry slope on the side of the house that has all the inherited orange daylilies that might work.

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  8. I like the brilliant red tomatoes on the blue bordered plate with the stars. Also I laughed at the comments about the heads on the two photos below it. Quite clever.

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  9. Happy third of july...and have fun tomorrow too.

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  10. First tomatoes! Good for you! Fun Fourth theme for your photos.

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    1. Well, these are from the plants I bought in May to see how much longer it would take for the seed-started tomatoes to start putting on fruit. The ones from seed just now have tiny green fruit.

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  11. Peter ! Happy 4th of July : ) .. Canadians are so darn polite eh ? LOL
    I love all of your hair styles here but WOW ! on that glass? creation by Judi .. I can imagine that it must sparkle beyond sparkle when the sun hits it .. reminds me of those crazy Schubertii allium. I am a sucker for them now and want MORE !! haha
    Of course I love all of those beautiful agave and aloe .. so pretty.
    Whats up with those bottle plants ? LOL ... it does make you look twice ? haha
    Your post made me smile big time yet again : )
    Joy

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    1. Oh my yes! Canadians are very polite. I grew up very close to Whitehorse, Y.T. and our communities did a lot together. Often their bagpipe band would march in our 4th parade. Glad you smiled, Joy!

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  12. Those 3 tomatoes are perfection! Happy 4th!

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  13. Happy 4th of July, Sir Peter! Love the fireworks, the agave but oh...sorry, the bottles make me cringe a bit. BUT fun post and thank you for sharing! Sparkle sparkle...that firework glass piece is great!

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    1. Thanks! The bottles are weird. Judi Hook makes cool stuff.

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  14. Wine bottles should be empty and in the recycle bin. Yecch. Beautiful agaves, tomatoes-on-a-plate, and the rest. Happy 4th!

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  15. Your greenhouse is really paying off in early tomatoes! The wine bottles are so funny, I can't imagine who would be interested. The glass fireworks would be fun to see in the sunlight every day.

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    1. The tomatoes are taking over the greenhouse. Do I even like tomatoes that much? I'm not fond of growing plants upside down.

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  16. I love your collection of head planters and tillandsias. Those tomatoes are perfect and look delicious. Happy fourth of July!

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  17. I love every piece of Judi Hook's that you show.

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