Scenes from the Venice Garden Tour, May 2013

The Annual Venice Garden Tour was May 4th — almost a month ago. Yes, that is how long it takes me to download a few photos from my camera. It was a gorgeous day, spent with some favorite friends, with many plants in a full riot of bloom and some good food tossed in. For me, that adds up to the closest thing to perfection I can think of.

Here’s a smattering of images for you….

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One of the biggest Agave americana I have ever seen — at Jay Griffith’s studio

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Aloe striata in bloom, with Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ in the background and some Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer Grass) just behind. A nice combination. Also at Jay Griffith’s studio.

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Succulents — and a Staghorn Fern — tucked into the trunk of a palm.

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More succulents climbing up the trunk of a palm.

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Tilandsia — air plants — tied to a grid mounted on a wall. We saw lots of this on the tour this year!

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More in the way of Tilandsia + grid + wall.

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Edibles everywhere. Homegrown fruits and veggies of all kinds.

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A vegetable garden on the parkway (the strip between the street and the sidewalk) with a sign inviting people to help themselves and pick whatever they need for their salad or sandwich.

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Beautiful color combination — a purple leaf plum interwoven with a bamboo and backlit.

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More color — the plum with various shades of cool green, variegated stripes and grey bark.

And a few more serene photos from the day…

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