Dioons n' Things

So, because of the small barbs on the leaf margins, this is not D. edule?  (I'm asking). D. spinulosum is the guess.  
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A neighbor graciously invited me over to see what was going on in her garden.  I left the puppies, ever alert, to guard the house:
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I stopped to get a shot of another neighbor's Dypsis decaryi, 
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Arriving at the garden, I was able to inspect  and admire a blooming Dioon.  
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The cone was soft and fuzzy/papery:
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The newest foliage had a tomentose appearance as well:
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The older foliage loses the silvery texture.
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I've been thinking lately about adding a Dioon or Zamia to the garden.  They look great with Agaves and Aloes.  
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Speaking of Agaves, nearby was a beautiful 'Mr Ripple'.  Oooh!
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On down the path was a 10'+ (3 M+) Pachypodium, a magnificent specimen.  Why did I not get a shot of the whole thing?  Well the lighting was difficult.  Instead I focused on the orderly arrangement of thorns.  There were three thorns in each cluster that created two thorn-shadows, making five shapes total.
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Ooooh!
A bromeliad with spent blooms, though still amazing color:
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A crow sculpture to crown the wall:
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And a free Agave offset.  Thanks, neighbor!!!
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On the way home, a Phormium by the side of the road, with Salvia leucantha and a Tea rose named 'Monsieur Tillier'...
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When I got back, the puppies were in their same hyper-alert, vigilent state:
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Comments

  1. I agree cycads and agaves go great together. What good selection of plants they have. Is the pup a Mr ripple?

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  2. Yes, wonderful garden, and yes, Young Master Ripple. :)

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  3. Lots of my old friends here. When I bought my triangle palm it was a neodypsis -- now I see it's just a dypsis. Hello, Mr. Ripple! And the late departed Monsier Tillier -- I fondly remember his strong pink/burnished coppery tones. What a fun garden to visit. I haven't been bit by the cycad bug yet, thankfully. I imagine we'll be seeing some puppy action photos when the weather cools?

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  4. Great plants, but the puppies get the prize for being the most photogenic.

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  5. There is nothing as comforting as the sense of security one has knowing that his domicile is being guarded by such fearsome beasts. Great plants, too.

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