Monday, April 23, 2012

Fascinating Fasciation

Last week I was walking along a busy street with friends Gayla and Davin, when I saw an unusual sight growing out of the edge of the sidewalk. it was a common Dandylion flower that that through the process of fasciation and had become elaborately contorted. This occurs in Nature when a flower, leaf , stem or root of a plant mutates as a result of bacterial infection or insect attack or some inherited trait. Luckily Gayla was able to record this on her IPhone, as when I returned with a camera, a few days later, the flower had already gone to seed. At that time I discovered several other fasciated (sometimes refered to as crested) Dandylion flowers, which makes me suspect that this occurrence was caused by insect infestation.
The fasciated Dandylion photographed by Gayla.
Several days later it had gone to seed.
Fasciation is commonly seen in Cactus and are prized by certain collectors. This Opuntia subulata cristata is one of my favourites.
Echiverias too take on fantastic forms when fasciated, this one has been turned into a charming hedgehog.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I'm no expert at this, in fact, I had to Google the term to make sure that I understood it correctly. So I can now say with confidence that Kusamono is the Japanese craft of displaying, usually small plants in pots to heighten their beauty or reflect a certain season.
I'm probably breaking every rule in Japanese horticultural lore, but I hope these capture some of the spirit of the masters of this discipline.

Ledeboria socialis

Sedum and Sempervivum.

Ranunculis ficaria with black and silver markings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Trucking Out

An intriguing detail.

A little more information.

The bigger picture.