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Flower stem emerging from Aloe petricola; Leucospermum 'Tango' first flowers color up   No gardening today.  The wind is ripping branches, leaves, and flowers from shrubs and trees today.  At least it's a cold Santa Ana this time, not hot, and a strange one, because the sky is grey with clouds instead of the usual tannish with blowing dust.  A low pressure system from the south and a high pressure system from the north are meeting to squeeze Great Basin air, sending it roaring through our neighborhood.  The neighbor's dead Eucalyptus rocks stiffly, like Frankenstein's Monster walking; the live Eucs, with considerable grace, sway.  An occasional leaf blown hard, hits window glass with a plunk.  Birds are absent.   Indoors, I look at garden photos and consider light.   Late afternoon light: Midday light: Late afternoon: Midday: Advantage, late afternoon.   Overcast morning: Sunny morning: Advantage overcast.   Late afternoon, really too late, but with the sun behind

November Plant Crush

 Tillandsia xerographica.

What plant do you have a crush on this month?  

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  1. Like a living sculpture, the only centerpiece you'll need.

    So glad you asked, my current plant crush is Leuchtenbergia principis and I'm thinking it would make a nice post too.

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    1. Leuchtenbergia principis! I love that plant--the cactus that looks like an Agave. Excellent choice, and please post. :)

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    2. Done!
      http://rockoakdeer.blogspot.com/2014/11/leuchtenbergia-principis-is-my-favorite.html?showComment=1416619714172#c8666880493027350337

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  2. It's beautiful! I've never seen one with such a purple cast. Was it in the sun?

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    1. No, I had just got through soaking it. It's whited up again, though there is a bit of purple left on the top.

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  3. It's a beauty. Mine have never turned purple like that, soaking or sun. You've got the touch.

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  4. I thought it was a Dyckia at first, nice!

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  5. Beautiful! I just took some photos of my new(ish) Echeveria cante, which I'll post soon.

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  6. Right now, I have a tree crush on my new pyrus calleryana, whcih was planted last February. Because our back yard had no shade whatsoever, we spent a little extra to get a fairly tall pyrus. This is its first autumn, and I'm in love with its color! I can see it from the living room as well as from the kitchen, and I keep taking peeks to see the color change as the sun moves 'round the house.

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    1. I hope it gives you some good shade in the hot summers, Lady. It sounds lovely.

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  7. The presentation is a large part of the charm.

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    1. It looks just as good without a vase to sit on, honest!

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