I took a break today to tour this year’s Chihuly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden. It is breathtaking. The sculptures are enormous. We had a beautiful sunny day with gray clouds in the surrounding sky. It made for a moody, thoughtful stroll.
Who doesn’t love a pine cone? I always welcome a these “woody flowers” (as I call them), since they remind me of my childhood days and they are just so pretty.
My Airstream is parked under a grand old pine tree that drops big, beautiful pine cones all the time. Now that I am in wreath making mode, I was excited to finally have the time to make a wreath for the trailer. I obtained a flat wreath form and hot glued them to it. So easy and totally my style. I finished it off by touching the edges with gold paint. Let the Holidays begin!
I have admired horsetail (Equisetum arvense) for decades as a beautiful graphic element for a garden. They require a lot of water, and given they can be invasive, a potted specimen is perfect. The horsetail is practically a living fossil, as it is one of the oldest plants on the planet. It spreads by spores and rhizomes and therefore you need to be careful where you plant it.
Last weekend I got a hold of some and intent to cultivate it in a planter to act as a natural screen. Like bamboo, only smaller.
Horsetail has an airy,upright look, with wiry, leafless 12-24-inch stems. The shoots are tipped with a cone that produces the plant’s reproductive spores. They should be planted in a container to control unwanted spreading.
I cant say for sure how long it will take for this pot to fill up, but I am guessing a year or so.