Pedagogy of the Plants

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Summer Succulents

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Skateboard Deck Succulent Planter

One of this planter’s weathered sides is an old shop deck from Feral Skate Shop (circa 2005). The one opposite was made by a local company called Boulevard Skateboards. The former residents were left outside and didn’t survive last year’s coldest temperatures, so these drought resistant fatties will overwinter indoors.

Skateboard Deck Succulent Planter On the Porch

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Aloe vera

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Our classroom aloe introduces medicinal plants.  “The Medicine Plant,” as they call it, saves many a trip to the clinic for minor scrapes. The cool, curious gel from a plant in the window cures instantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cameron Brooks

January 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Agave, Agave americana

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Written by Cameron Brooks

December 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Carrion Plant, Stapelia gigantea

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While writing on the porch last October, I sensed movement behind me.  The twisted tip of a large, light yellow carrion flower pod began to unravel.  I watched as four slits widened a few centimeters at a time.  Over the course of forty-five minutes, it splayed wide open in a ten inch base jump from the shelf.

Within minutes, a large black fly arrived to sample the thick white chunks in the center of a flower that smelled like three-day-old roadkill in late July.

The squatting stink bug delivers the stink eye.