Random Saturday; New Aloes

 Ordinary plastic owl decoys made dramatic via a clever Halloween paint job.  They look better painted like this than with the attempt at realism the average plastic owl receives.  This was at Roger's Halloween boutique, which had lots of super cool stuff for sale, though the only truly frightening aspect were the prices. 

Four new little baby Aloes have joined the collection:  alooides, burhii, tomentosa, petricola.  Arid Lands is having an Agave and Aloe sale for September. 
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Anemone 'Pretty Lady Emily' now in full bloom.
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'Joe Hoak' continues on his way.
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The sun lit up the center of this day lily.  When looking at the photo on the screen, it was only then I noticed the Mantid hanging off the bottom of the flower on the right hand side.
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The dragonfly landed right in front of me as I was standing looking at fallen Dahlias. 
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Speaking of the fallen, beautiful Stachys 'Bello Grigio' dropped dead.  Oh, well.
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The Digiplexis just keeps blooming.
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The Koi are having a good summer.
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So is 'Aimee Vibert'
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So is 'Belindas Dream', of course.
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Those look nice together.
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And that with the sun.
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Silver silk Leucadendron argentea is not in my garden, to close with another Roger's shot.  I got the photo, though.
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I'm not focused.  Several days of 105F (40 C) weather are expected, starting today. 


  1. Oh, what a bummer about the Stachys. I've been wanting one this year, after seeing it in several gardens. Now I'm starting to hear it's maybe not so great...

    1. I wonder about the stuff it was raised in, the sawdust. I'll bet a 'Blue Glow' that was the essential problem. I will try again if I see them for sale again. Too gorgeous not to have!

  2. Your Japanese anemones look beautiful. It looks as though mine won't make an appearance this year. Have you had any bug problems with the Digiplexis? I cut my 3 smaller plants back and noticed that mealy bugs have appeared on the underside of the bottom leaves - I'm blaming drought-related stress.

    1. I ran out to check my Digi after I read your comment. Yes indeedy, the start of both mealies, aphids, and even a whitefly or two. I gave mine a generous soak of water at the base and then hit the pests with alcohol spray. Thanks for the alert--hopefully we both caught that in time. It's the dry heat and those blasted ants. The anemone--I hope mine doesn't turn out to be too vigorous.

  3. The koi must be enjoying the summer heat, waters looking great too! The photo of the daylily is superb, and great timing with the mantid on it.

    1. They are having a really good summer. Happy koi = happy koi keeper.

  4. Love your random post! Really 105 degrees? Too hot! Do the koi like it this hot? Your image of Anemone 'Pretty Lady Emily' looks like a painting - so dramatic with the black background. Dragonfly- amazing!

    1. The koi pond is at about 80F, which they like: it gives the fish a good appetite.

  5. Beautiful flowers and foliage and light dear Hoover.
    xoxoxo ♡

  6. Nice additions to your aloe collection. Gotta head over to the Arid Lands web site to see what they have. I almost bought an A. alooides and tomentosa at Annie's Annuals a few weeks ago :-).

    I hope 105°F didn't materialize...

    1. No, only 96F so far, but it's bad enough. More today and tomorrow. :(

      Happy shopping!

  7. For the next week, we have 40-80% rain chances and (maybe) low 80's...I'll send some relief if I can for your 105. The Leucodendron and Echinacea are amazing in form and that lighting!

    Somehow, you capture the personality of the Koi like you do your dogs...they look almost human, but in a good way.

    1. I saw on the news that more monsoonal is heading your way via Odile. Hopefully just some wonderful rain, not flooding.


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