Japanese artist Azuma Makoto recently ventured to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to launch a 50-year-old pine bonsai and a colorful floral arrangement into space. The mission, titled Exobotanica, aimed to explore the transformation of the plants into exobiota (extraterrestrial life) in outer space.
Dolphin and Putti Fountain, Buscot Park Gardens, Oxfordshire, UK:This photo shows part of the ‘Alhambra – like’ water feature designed by Harold Peto for this garden. It was initially laid out in 1904 with a central canal linking the house to an 18th century lake. This feature has a distinct Italianate feel – not surprising as Peto was a respected landscape architect who specialised in Italianate garden design. The photo shows the bronze ‘dolphin and putti’ in the foreground.
I love the way Agave horrida looks when it is a little water-stressed, since the leaves pull together and the wonderful teeth are on full display. This species comes from south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos.
Echinopsis angelesiae (aka Trichocereus angelesiae) is one of the clumping cylindrical-stemmed types which start out growing erectly, but then sprawl to the side as the stems elongate. Like other Trichocereus-type Echinopsis, they have large white flowers which open at night. What a nice thing to greet you in the morning! Native to Salta province in Argentina.