Clever Recycled-Items Art

 These are pieces were in the Children’s Garden at Quail Gardens.  Brightly colored and imaginative, all are constructed from recycled items.  Can you figure out what each was constructed from? Answers are in the bottom picture. Notice that they are for sale! I’d like a few in my garden.

Look at this cute pot which would be easy to make!


We love garden art! Share what’s in your garden. 😎

A Study of Aeonium

 Sometimes you have to see through the eyes of a stranger to notice bits of your hometown that are too familiar. Ever since A Little Bit of This and That published her piece about Eggplant Cactus on her blog referring to a plant she photographed while visiting San Diego, since then I have become acutely aware of how widely grown the family Crassulaceae, Stonecrop, is here. I mean it is every where! In the family, there is a genus commonly called Hen and Chicks, which refers to a large plant, Hen, which has smaller plants, Chicks, popping up around it.  In our hike around Quail Gardens,we found quite a variety of plants belonging to the genus Aeonium, which the Eggplant Cactus belonged too.  Technically, these are succulents not cacti.

Although, Aeonium are not sold as the Hens and Chicks plants they belong to the same family and are quite similar.  In quite a few pictures you can see the Hen surrounded by the Chicks! 😎 Such a wonderful description. There are about 35 species of Aeonium. I’m sure Quail Gardens must have had a majority.  I didn’t take pictures of all the species because by the time it registered that I was seeing quite a few, I had passed by many and wasn’t going to circle back. 😎

Some are medium sized and grow low to the ground.

Some stay greener.

Some stay quite small and creep along the ground.

Then there are the high rises! Look at the chick in the sky.

Green high rise with chicks on the ground.

Fabulous yellow flower with stunning eggplant-colored leaves.

Smaller sized growing tall.

Look at this tall one which has yellowish chicks.

Amazing dinner plate sized! That’s their common name.

Another dinner plate picture with a daisy-type flower to give scale.

Just a sampling. My favorites are the purple-green colored ones. Now, it’s time to try and recreate some dye samples from the “Eggplant Cactus”. 😎

Quail Garden’s Art

 There were wonderful pieces of garden art throughout Quail Gardens. Some pieces were permanent and some were for sale. Quite fun turning corners and seeing what wonderful art was on display.  I’ll take one of each please! While we were there a crane was placing a new statue. The features which don’t have labels and names by them didn’t seem to have any.

Shime: Bamboo Holds the Earth Together by Stephen Glassman

A sundial tucked away under some plants.  Very effective! 😎

What a clever idea! Garden Art in the “Tea Garden”, plants used for making tea.

Sleeping Woman
bronze by Mary Buckman

Tru Blu
by Charles Bronson

A Visit to Quail Gardens

~San Diego County is lucky to be on the list as having one of the 10 most important botanical gardens in the world, the San Diego Botanic Garden.  To those of us old-timers, it’s better know as Quail Gardens. Hubs and I paid a visit there recently on a field-trip with his photography class. The gardens is on 37 acres with 4 miles of trails. Luckily, when we went it was an overcast day.  Much better for photography and general comfort. 😎 Plenty of places to sit too!

The place is fabulous! The flowers and smell divine! I had great fun going through the garden saying, “I have that plant!” Hubs said I should have majored in Botany instead of Microbiology.  I do love flowers and gardening. I’m not even going to name all of the beautiful flowers, just share in their delight!

I was happy to see that we were greeted by our totem, Black Phoebe.


I did find that hubs and I need our own camera when out together!  He had a class to take photographs for, but I wanted to hog it for pictures for the blog.  Ok, I’ll learn how to share better! 😎