hot stuff (by flora-file)
bhut jolokia and cayenne, ripe and ready to hurt your feelings
Dudleya brittonii - Giant Chalk Dudleya (by flora-file)
Flowers of the Week #27 - July (by flora-file)
Tonight was the annual battle of good (Neem oil) vs. Evil (Prickly Pear cactus bug, Chelinidea vittiger). This edition featured Opuntia engelmannii and Maihueniopsis darwinii taking the initial attack from the little varmints, but I hope the Neem oil reinforcements arrived soon enough to squash their plans of domination. As always in war, a few civilians got caught in the crossfire, but I tried to save as many as possible, like this mantid.
God bless Neem Oil and Mantids - BFFs of plants and enemies of evil