Six on Saturday – The Far Side of South Florida

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I have been ruminating about the odd nature of some of the plants in my garden. There are aspects of my garden that remind me of The Far Side cartoons. Below is a Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) standing sentinel by my side door. I kept thinking this thing would snap in a high wind, but it hasn’t.

Another novelty plant in the garden, Coral Plant (Jatropha multifida). These look oddly like a multi stem marijuana plant, but in reality are deadly poisonous and the flowers are a great butterfly attractor. These are planted in a narrow spot between the house and driveway.

The Coral Plant flower. It looks like a coral from the ocean..

The caudex of a Desert Rose (Adenium obesum). I have several around the garden. This one has the most interesting trunk. These are native to the Arabian Peninsula and grow quite large.

Buds on the Nodding Hibiscus (Malvaviscue arboreum). I was poised above this with the pruning shears when I realized how many buds were there!

The super tropical Palm accent is a gift from a passing bird. It’s the seedling of a Chinese Fan Palm (Livinstonia chinensis) This is about 8 or 10 feet tall and has been in the garden for the past 10 years. The trees get much bigger. It has been surprising to me how slowly palm trees grow.

That’s my Six for this Saturday. Maybe I should take up garden cartooning??

Happy Gardening!!


20 comments on “Six on Saturday – The Far Side of South Florida

  1. They are plants from the far side. I think the more unusual the better.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    I tried without success to sow a jatropha. I know the seed is very slow to start but nothing for months (since March)… I still have 2 more seeds to try. This is a very unusual shrub that I would like to grow. Good tropical choice this weekend.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    The coral plant is definitely something out of Dr. Seuss!

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    These look like species that live in Bedrock, where the Flintstones live. Pencil cactus is the same as ‘Sticks of Fire’, which was a fad only a few years ago. I think that it would have been a good fad, but gardeners do not know how to maintain it. They just shear it like a hedge!

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  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I think of Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars when I see the Desert Rose trunk! Looking at your conversation with Fred, I am astonished that you can swap seeds from one continent to another in that way. We’d probably nearly be thrown in prison if we tried that!

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  6. Rosie Amber says:

    I love how you see the self seeded plant as a gift from a bird. The Coral plant is beautiful, I can almost image a cartoon fish or two swimming through it.


  7. Noelle says:

    The coral plant is magnificent in its totality, its shadow on the wall enhances its form beautifully.


  8. Cathy says:

    An unusual bunch! I have always been a fan of the Far Side cartoons and take a look at the website every morning for a little giggle.


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