Had a wonderful day at South Coast Botanic Garden in some heavy rain. The leaves looked amazing! And the plants are holding up better than I did in the cold.
Finally putting the old daffodil bulbs back in some dirt (only a month late...), revitalizing some old dirt on the balcony, and sewing some Billy Buttons at the right time of year.
The Ginkgo is currently most threatened not by disease or the environment, but by logging. Our homes are our own environments. We get a say at what survives, and can even help plants thrive that otherwise might be disappearing.
Cholla cacti have wood skeletons. After they die and the water evaporates, after the skin falls off and the desert critters move in - they leave behind some wood. I never connected the plants as alive to how they were when dead.
After a few store-bought daffodil planters died at home, the dirt lay neglected in a bag on the balcony. Somehow, the daffodils have come back. I'm so excited.
The Beavertail Prickly-Pear Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) is a mainstay in Joshua Tree and much of the rest of the Mojave. Learn about it here!
Glow is happening at SCBG until January 10th, 2021. If you want to take a break from being stuck indoors - or take a break from more 'normal' plants - swing on by the garden to see the foliage in a new light! (Yes, that was a pun)