Spiky Squares

During the month of March, Becky, Queen of the Square format, is back. This month she would like to see anything spiky, jagged, bristly, serrated, prickly or barbed in whatever interpretation you like. The only rule: it must be a square.
March Squares

Bush Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)

The sticky monkey-flower or orange bush monkey-flower, is a flowering plant that grows in a subshrub form, native to southwestern North America from southwestern Oregon south through most of California. Miwok Indians used the crushed leaves for sores and burns and used the flowers to create ornamental wreaths for children’s hair. The Pomo Indians used a decoction to treat bloodshot eyes caused by living in a smoky tepee.

garden photography: Balboa Park

In January I’m looking for a Winter Garden

(This month I want to see photos and stories about winter gardens. You can interpret this any way you want; a garden in winter, winter flowers, or plants in a glasshouse)

Botanic Building

The Botanical Building

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theatres, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Wikipedia

Visiting in February under a vivid blue sky we were amazed to see so many plants in flower, not only the cacti and succulents in the 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden, but also in pots inside the Spanish Village Art Centre. Continue reading