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How to Propagate an Orchid Cactus

The common name orchid cactus refers to a group of succulent plants within the genus Epiphyllum, which are prized for their large, waxy flowers and flat, segmented stems. As tropical plants, orchid cacti cannot tolerate cold temperatures and must be grown indoors below U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 10. They propagate quickly and reliably from stem cuttings. Although orchid cacti will root well year-round, they perform best when started between mid-winter and early spring when the plant is partially dormant.

The Woodland Edge Garden

"It is a well established fact that the most productive areas of a woodland are along its edges where higher light levels allow a greater diversity of plant growth."

A nice list of plants that thrive on the edge of the forest.

Jardem da Estrela Lisbon

Jardem da Estrela Lisbon

This garden was opened in 1873 and has a wonderful collection of exotic succulents and other plants.

Location   photo - 120mm holga analog by tom sparks


Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

The Aloe Garden at the LA Arboretum is magnificent. There are over 500 variety of Aloe, I do not know how many the arboretum has but it is a significant collection. Many people see the Rosetta shape of the aloe and think of their Tequila and the Blue Agave. According to the folks at the arboretum the Aloe is strictly an old world plant from South Africa, Madagascar, the Saudi peninsula, and the Mediterranean region. Agave's are New World plants from the Americas

Map to Aloes at the Arboretum

Oasis in the desert

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Next to the oldest highway in Los Angeles, the Arroyo Seco Parkway other wise know as the 110, is an island of calm, shade and history. The Lummis House, also known as El Alisal,   was built by Charles Lummis between 1897 and 1910. The  Arroy Seco Parkway was built in 1940, it is my favorite freeway in Los Angeles.

Today the house is a museum dedicated to Charles Lummis. The three acre property is a showcase of The drought-tolerant and native plants. The grounds are open two days a week this makes the area quite and some what secluded. Caravans, RVs and traveling folk park on adjacent Carlota Boulevard like wagon trains from a past era.