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Mar 14, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Mostly agaves, aloes, and cacti. Photo taken end of winter in a dry year. Oldest plants have been in the ground for 6-8 years.

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Mar 14, 2017 6:17 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Great banner!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Mar 14, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
WOW!!!!!

I have not made any comments about banners in a long time, but this one ....... is absolutely perfect in its beauty!

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Mar 14, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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A very nice change, love it!! Thumbs up
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Mar 14, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Xeriscape Container Gardener Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers
Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thank you.

Horizontal flip notwithstanding, here is a shot of the same area today (end of a wet winter).

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And since those pictures are a little grainy, here are some closer shots of winter flowers from the public garden. Lots going on this time of year. Smiling

Ice plants

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Aeoniums

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Aloes

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Jade and Gollum

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Cactus and Euphorbia

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Native Dudleya and geraniums

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Weeds/volunteers

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Mar 14, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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It's gorgeous there this time of year! I'd love to be there in person right now.
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Mar 14, 2017 7:35 PM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Nice banner!
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Mar 14, 2017 11:00 PM CST
Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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Gorgeous! Thanks for highlighting the beauty of the desert.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
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Mar 15, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Name: Betty
MN zone 4b
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Love this banner it reminds me of our visits to the southwest desert regions. Lovey dubby
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Mar 15, 2017 1:07 PM CST
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I flip some to often make a more prominent feature display front and center, in this case, the larger cactus. But really, it probably would have been just as nice the original orientation with more blooms in that area. If you want, I can flip it back before the next banner rotation, mess with peoples minds! Green Grin!
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Mar 15, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thank you for handling this, Sue!
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Mar 15, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Sempervivums Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Garden Ideas: Master Level
Baja, your illustrative post of more details of the public garden made me feel like I was looking at photo contest entries. Thanks for the extra "Bonus"!
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Mar 16, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Xeriscape Container Gardener Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers
Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thank you all for the kind words. I'm never going to enter a photo contest so this is it, I guess. Smiling The shape of the garden is almost exactly the shape of the banner, very long and not too tall. When I saw how grainy the cropped photo came out, I decided to illuminate the situation with individual photos.

It is my intention (most of the time) that these pictures tell a story, or record a history. Flower pictures tell you how these plants go looking for love. The bicolored aloe flowers are an excellent example of that. The hummingbirds see that change from red to yellow and know exactly where to zoom in for fresh food.

The reason that public garden is so long and narrow (and public) is that it occupies a center median between two parts of a road, one about 10 or 12 feet higher than the other. Most of the big old plants (like all the agaves along the top) get zero supplemental irrigation, meaning they they can easily survive our months-long summer drought every year.
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Mar 20, 2017 4:41 PM CST
Name: Nancy Mumpton
Sun Lakes, AZ (Zone 9b)
I'm NancySLAZ on some sites
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Baja: What a perfect banner yours is. I love all your photos! They are very special, as I know the garden that you photograph is also! Lovey dubby
"Gardening is a humbling experience"--Martha Stewart
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