It's probably a good thing that Spicewood Spines is an hour and a half from my house. I could get in a lot of trouble if it was any closer! I opted to try Amy's technique, walk through everything to look before going back and picking out what you want to take home. Normally, I walk and grab, so it took more than a little self control on my part. My husband was funny too, I really think deep down he likes them as much as I do, ok...maybe just a tiny bit bit less!
The first one is great, and I had never seen it in any of the nurseries around here. The picture doesn't do her justice, she's segmented like a cucumber with scalloped edges. The leaves and twirly vines are reminiscent of grape vines. Love it!!
|Cissus Cactiformis 'Cucumber Cactus'|
I couldn't resist the next one either, I've dubbed her "my little gourd". The pumpkin looking seed pods are too cute, and are now covered with a pantyhose foot so that I can catch them when they explode. They are supposed to have three seeds in each pod, but without the "catcher", chances are I would never find the seeds.
This next little Kalanchoe was another great find. I bought another variety as well, but I can't get the photo to upload. The other one isn't serrated. What made this a fun find was that we had just seen a rather large one of these at another nursery with a hefty $24 price tag with no identification. I had taken a picture of it with my phone, so after a quick check to confirm she and her counterpart made it to the basket.
|Kalanchoe sysepaia v. dissecta|
This little lady is in the same family as the 'Vick's Plant', but smells more like Pine-o-Pine. I've never actually smelled that particular brand, so I'm taking Amy's word for it. She's so much more interesting though because she has chubby little scalloped leaves. I was not coming home without her in the box.
How could I not bring home this one with perfectly circular leaves, it's also the first one of these I have in my collection.
I almost squealed, yes, you read that right, when I found this next one! I came across one of these last year at a Whole Food store, but lost her in the greenhouse mishap. She's definitely not as glorious as she will be, but the promise is there! It shouldn't be too long before the entire stem is covered in leaves and offshoots appear at the base.
As we're checking out, it came up that we were from San Antonio and I mentioned that I had actually read about them on Not So Angry Redhead's blog. The owner says, "Oh yes, Not So Angry Redhead has been here before." I'm not sure why I thought that was so neat, but I did!