The Sphaeroid Institute revisited...A real botanical garden!
botanical garden' as a
|Othonna sp. ex Bloukop|
|A bevy of Argyroderma framesii|
|Lithops otzeniana 'Cesky granat'|
|Here's a corner with germinating seedlings...|
|Greenhouse after greenhouse, filled with glowing, succulent treasure. A very polymath Harpagon in the middle...|
|For those of us enchanted by Mesembs, this is rather like circling the Masjid al-Haram for a lucky Muslim...|
|Acrodon sp. from Rooivlei|
|An errant Aloe rubbing "shoulders" with a bevy of bubbles....|
|Fenestraria aurantiaca cvs.|
|And MORE Lithops galore|
More lovely flowers--and one of the ubiquitous paintbrushes...
|Argyroderma framesii et al.|
Oxalis are well represented here and there throughout...and many were blooming.
|Another shot from a different angle--with Stomatium agninum giant form at right center.|
|And even a cactus!|
|Your generick schmuck would look at this and yawn. For us plant nerds, this is Heaven!|
|And it goes on and on and on|
|With the occasional flower|
|Quite frequent flowers...|
|A pot of selected seedlings Steve was growing for their red coloration...getting very red indeed!|
|Had we but world enough and time--although Steve has been distilling those stories into his monographs and articles for years--no reason to fret! Not to mention all the plants he's shared: each year he puts out a list: http://sphaeroidinstitute.com/|
|I'm having a hard time stopping: I love that svelte leaf on Cheridopsis peculiaris bottom center...|
|Yet another Oxalis...|
|Just realized I hadn't mentioned Haworthia or Crassulaceae--two more of Steven's gems--both represented above...|
|What a color!|
|I had to revissit the Massonia (in a different light this time)--I can almost smell it! Can you?|
|One last glimpse of this astonishing collection...|
On my way out I had to admire the trunk and bark on this Melaleuca tree...we don't grow Australian trees in Denver--but there are enthusiasts who are sold on the medicinal potency of this group of flaky barked Myrtles--and even a company named for them. Can we be blamed for worshiping plants when they give us everything that matters? Oxygen, carbohydrates, medicines, shade, beauty? They purify our water and clothe us and our planet. They have been berry berry good to Steven and to me as well!
*A caution: the Sphaeroid institute is open on very rare occasions (national Succulent conferences in nearby cities). A very few can wheedle their way in if you have serious business to transact--or if you happen like me to have an rich history of mutual association and dealings (he named a plant out of my collections a quarter century ago after all). This collection has been photographed and blogged ad infinitum: you can enjoy at leisure it in a dozen books or myriad websites.