Tag Archives: flowers

Cactus flower cards

pink cactus blossom

Cactus flower cards, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 12 to a box plus white envelopes: $15

A box of all-occasion cards with a vibrant pink cactus flower.

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Freesia mix cards

Freesia mix

Freesia mix cards, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 12 to a box plus white envelopes: $15

A box of all-occasion cards with golden freesia and pink, magenta, and red geraniums.

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Parrot’s beak abstraction cards

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Parrot’s beak abstraction cards, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 12 to a box plus white envelopes: $15

A box of all-occasion cards celebrating the parrot’s beak plant (Lotus berthelotii) in the abstract.

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White iris cards

white iris card

White iris cards, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 12 to a box plus white envelopes: $15

A box of all-occasion cards celebrating the symmetry of a white iris flower.

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Water lilies cards

Water lilies

Water lily cards, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 12 to a box plus white envelopes: $15

A box of all-occasion cards celebrating the floating shapes of water lilies.

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San Pedro cactus cards

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San Pedro cactus cards, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 12 to a box plus white envelopes: $15

A box of all-occasion cards celebrating the San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi).

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Angel’s Trumpet cards

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Angel’s Trumpet cards, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 12 to a box plus white envelopes: $15

A box of all-occasion cards celebrating the inner beauty of the Angel’s Trumpet flower (Bruggmansia species)

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spring follows rain

Spring 2014
It’s been raining in southern California this week and in some lull between the downpours, winter turned unmistakably to spring.

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apotheosis of pink

pink cactus blossom

cactus blossom

When I started a garden in southern California a few years back, my first instinct was to fill it with all the nostalgia plants of my childhood in New England: lilac and forsythia and hyacinth, Dutchman’s breeches and phlox and Queen Anne’s lace. The unparalleled scarlet of cardinal flower next to the jasmine-scented white trumpets of nicotiana. Most of all, roses in every form and color.

Like every other such novice gardener, I quickly learned that almost none of these plants do well in southern California; or that they can be made to do well only at the cost of endless attention and strict watering regimens. I discovered myself to be a much more hands-off kind of gardener, so I began to migrate towards the cacti and succulents that thrive in this semi-desert. Back when I lived in New England, I hadn’t liked these plants at all, finding their squat, fleshy, scentless forms repellent compared to the leggy goldenrods and dashing zinnias among which I spent my days.

But slowly I developed a habit of taking and begging cuttings wherever I found myself among succulents, and my garden now consists very largely of such clones, interspersed with the other stalwarts of Mediterranean planting: sages and bougainvillea, marjoram and thyme. One of the delights of such clone-based gardening is that you often have no idea what the plant will look like when it blooms. Yesterday I had one of those moments when one of my newer cactus fragments produced a single pink blossom. It’s only a couple of inches across (indeed, the bloom is bigger than its green base) but its brilliance of color seems to have been distilled from the purest platonic essence of pink. So absurdly beautiful; perhaps one day I’ll even learn its name.

 

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