|A month ago, the arbor sported nothing but bare branches|
|This colorful mallard was trying to take a peaceful nap next to the Koi pond despite the fact that people like my friend and I kept snapping his photograph. His eye kept popping open and I could almost hear him thinking "are they gone yet?"|
|He didn't move anything other than his eye so he wasn't all that perturbed by our presence. Two weeks ago, I'd heard a rumor that a pair of ducks was nesting near the pond but I hadn't sighted them then. I didn't see his mate on this visit either, although I noticed a flutter in the bushes nearby and his vigilance suggests she 's probably close by. It'll be wonderful if the Koi pond hosts ducklings in a few weeks. In any case, the watchful duck is my Wednesday Vignette. For more, visit Anna at Flutter & Hum.|
I took photos of the succulent sale too but, as the lighting was poor, I'll share just a few of these.
|This table was my favorite display. Among other things, it featured (bottom row, left to right): Aeonium 'Berry Nice', Mammillaria parkinsonii, and Mangave 'Spotty Dotty'.|
|Other specimens that caught my eye included these (clockwise from the upper left): Sansevieria 'Twisted Sister', Cleistocactus winterii crest, Copiapoa cinerea, Hydnophytum formicarum, Lithops lesliei, and Pachypodium brevicaule|
I'd hoped to locate some Mangaves for sale but all I found were a few small specimens of Mangave 'Bloodspot' and I already have one of those. Of course, I didn't walk away entirely empty-handed, although I was more restrained than usual with regard to my purchases.
I haven't planted any of these except the Cryptanthus but I've designated spots for each and, as soon as the temperature drops a bit, I'll get them planted. Monday's high temperature reached 95F here and Tuesday's was only nominally better. Cooler temperatures are forecast for the balance of the week but it remains to be seen whether that'll be the case. Have you noticed that weather forecasters seldom acknowledge the variations in their day-to-day predictions?
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