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Horned poppies

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One of the loveliest, longest blooming perennials we've grown in recent decades. Many species and hybrids are emerging.







Probably a G. acutidentatum





Various hybrids in my xeriscape at home...

Kelly's Way: a point and shoot garden. BANG!

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I'd spent much of the day at Steve Hammer's Sphaeroid institute (see last blog)--and honestly didn't expect a comeuppance!  Where else besides Southern California can you go garden touring Christmas week and not be disappointed? OK, Hawaii. Florida. Other countries...Kelly and Denise had invited me to stay, and I remembered they lived in a condo when I first met them--I was vaguely aware they'd bought a house. But no one warned me of what to expect there. In four years, almost entirely by himself, Kelly has filled this expansive garden with a positive treasure trove of succulents. Thousands. Each one seems to be perfect. I apologize for not labeling them:  It would take me a month to label them: Kelly would know them all by heart (and their parentage) but this is my blog, not his. This is really about the extraordinary form of plants, and the astonishing way they combine. Just relax and enjoy! (by the way, I noticed Denise Huntsman-Griffin filled a large pail with wee…