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Back From The Dead/ Mt. Holyoke Redux. March 21, 2012

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Well, I seem to have survived my epic encounter with contact dermatitis.  It still ain’t pretty, and I’m still twitchin’ like an Irish step-dancer with crabs, but I’m moving in the right direction, so All Is Well here in Runtville.

That having been said, it’s time to resume showing you my (our) visits to the Mount Holyoke Flower Show of 2012.

They have a LOT going on there besides the seasonal presentation, on accounta it’s a sprawling complex of greenhouses with all of the gears and chains necessary to control the environs for a variety of plant types:

This is no light-weight operation.  The pros who run this place with the help of lots of enthusiastic students do a spectacular job!  The year-round offerings range from sub-tropical paradises, humid halls of palms:

…with their features so different than what we here in the Northeast are used to:

Great figs, enveloping and supplanting their predecessors:

Strange trees sprouting what looked for all the world to me to be Muppets:

…and extravagant broad-leaf specimens with dark, sultry hues:

Then, within a few paces, the scene changes to one of arid abundance:

How miraculously incongruous!

This is my favorite part of the Mount Holyoke greenhouses, perhaps because it so contradicts the season, perhaps because I wish I was in the grand spaces of the American Southwest.

At any rate, the details are luscious, and I did my best to capture them.

Succulents filled with dew:

…and sprouting flowers:

Cacti pushing out tiny blossoms:

Thick, complex roots and branches speaking of a desire to survive where life is unwelcomed:

Rotund structures sequestering water for drier times:

All in all, it’s a spectacular place to spend an afternoon or two.  Plenty of space for kids to get into it:

Honey bees noodling about fragrant blossoms:

And lots of just plain beauty:

Thanks for your patience as I’ve struggled to get this out.  It’s been a bit of a roller coaster here at Chez Runt.

 

 

 

Sundews. May 9, 2009

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High up in Florida, an oozing rock-cut overkooks Route 2.

There be sundews:

sundew and succulent

A tiny Drosera takes heart and hold in the lee of a neighboring succulent.

Drocereae comprise the largest family of carniverous plants, with over 170 species populating six of our seven continents.  They’re easily identified by their abundant spines tipped with a sticky fluid which captures insects to supplement their earthly nutrition:

sundew

I think that’s pretty cool.

Hope You’re Having A Succulent Day! August 18, 2007

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Hens and Chicks:

hens-and-chicks-small.jpg

I’m guessing this is a Hen.

As a “rooster,” I’m feeling quite discriminated against. 😉