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California Succulents - Do You Know What These Plants Are?

A photo of Shannon SaiaI've been on vacation to sunny southern California, which was awesome. Unfortunately, I came home to a garden which - without humans or dogs putzing around the place - had been really ravaged by groundhogs. I count at least 6 so far that have been living under my shed. My dogs killed #5 this morning. Ugh. They ate their way through my melons, my tomatoes, my green beans and my sweet potato vines, if you can believe that. I came back to sweet potato vines that had not a single leaf on them. I honestly had to stand there for a minute and try to figure out what the heck that was growing in my garden! Thankfully the leaves are already coming back, and most of the sweet potatoes could probably be pulled out now anyway, no harm, no foul. But still. What am I, running a groundhog soup kitchen here, or what?

Anyway, while at the Santa Barbara zoo I took some photos of some really cool plants and flowers, things I had never seen before and sure never see at home here in Southern Maryland. My family made fun of me for photographing the plants at the zoo instead of the animals. Then my camera battery died, and I missed my opportunity to get a picture of my daughter feeing a giraffe. Did you know that they have super long, black tongues?

I don't know what any of these plants are and have been so busy catching up with things since I've been back, that I haven't had a chance to find out. So if anyone knows what any of these things are and would like to leave me a comment I would appreciate it!!!!

california succulent 3 

california flower 

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s.m.r. saia
7/31/2012 1:59:47 PM

Hey N. Dave, thanks for getting the book. It doesn't cost anything to publish with Smashwords. All you have to do is to upload your materials. It's very easy. And making the print version available doesn't cost anything either. I use CreateSpace. They're affiliated with Amazon. Again, you just create an account and upload your material, order you proof, and whenever you get ready to hit the "publish" button the book will be made available print on demand at Amazon. There is no minimum order. If you choose to look at a digital proof instead of ordering a printed proof it's possible to get through the whole process without spending a dime. If you have a project in mind it's definitely worth looking into. You can email me at shannon@smrsaia.com at any time if you have any questions.


nebraska dave
7/30/2012 10:58:53 PM

S.M.R., Sorry, I'm not educated in succulents. I did get your free book from Smashwords and am reading my way through it. I take one essay at a time when the time presents itself. With summer gardening harvest ramping up I really don't have a lot of time for reading. It will take some time but I'll get through it. I noticed that, just as the introduction says, there are a few of the essays that you have posted on your GRIT blog. How much does it cost for Smashwords? Is it an easy thing to sell books through them? You indicate that it comes in a print version. How many minimum print versions do you have to buy at a time for them to sell? It just sounds like an interesting way to self promote writing without editors and such. Have a great day writing in the garden.