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Smiling Faces

July 3, 2013


If you don’t live in Southern California you might be lucky: It’s awful hot here! And not just any hot, I’m talking sticky hot; can’t sleep hot; late August HOT!! It’s because of this horrid, humid heat that I thought I’d share the cooling, soothing tones of some of my favorite succulents. These can be found at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Arte’s vertical garden installation (click herein downtown LA. I went downtown last week to commemorate my unexpected departure from the working world at this time last year. The garden wall had been one of my favorite sights on my way into the office, so it was my first stop; I had to see how it was doing. I was relieved to see that despite the stifling heat it was just fine — thriving, even. The grassy elements of the tapestry might’ve been gasping but the succulents still teemed colorfully. Being before the garden wall again made me smile, like seeing an old friend. I saw more old friends later that evening and there were many more smiles … it was a good day!

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! For the full vertical wall, click ‘Read more’ …


14 Comments leave one →
  1. Caroline Brady permalink
    July 3, 2013 7:06 pm

    I love those vertical walls. And the lifeguard was pretty nice, too!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 3, 2013 7:09 pm

      Hola, Chiquita! Have a great holiday 😉

  2. July 4, 2013 2:47 am

    I like the kind of classical black pattern that peeks out behind the succulents. Any idea what that is that they’ve used to hold the succulents in place? It’s what really makes it, if you ask me. Happy 4th!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 4, 2013 4:04 am

      Hey, V, the vertical garden appears to be made of an interlocking grid of black plastic squares, each with a number of pockets for plants. I posted on the garden in 2012 ( ) and if you click on the main picture and zoom in you can get a clear view of what I’m referring to … and I agree, the black really sets off the colors of succulents … Happy 4th to you, too!

  3. Vickie Perez permalink
    July 4, 2013 6:11 am

    So nice to see that the wall is doing so well. You constantly make me think of diffferent ways to
    change my yard. I have so many ideas but just can’t seem to find the get up and go to follow thru.
    It’s enough just caring for what I’ve got going now. But they are so much fun. Every day one of my plants has a surprise for me. Thanks again….

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 4, 2013 6:23 am

      Do you think it’s the infernal heat, Vickie?! I swear, on the odd day that I find myself with gumption, all I have to do is walk outside into the oven-like air and I turn back around and shut the door again. It saps all my resolve, as well as my energy … It pleases me to know I’ve given you ideas, though! 🙂

  4. July 4, 2013 5:25 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of gorgeous plants! I’m a little surprised it hasn’t fallen prey to vandalism. Is it in a protected area?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 4, 2013 5:42 pm

      There is a roving security guard … who always eyes me suspiciously as I take pictures. Apparently an effective vandal repellant, Loree!

  5. July 5, 2013 1:50 am

    It’s beautiful! I need to get out to LA more… I want to see places like this.

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      July 5, 2013 5:01 am

      I miss seeing it every day, WF … other things, not so much! ; )

  6. July 10, 2013 5:27 pm

    WHOA. Very, very cool.

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      July 10, 2013 5:52 pm

      The only thing cool on such a hot day! 😉

  7. July 24, 2013 9:16 pm

    Great posting today. Happy I visited. Love everthing succulent! JC

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      July 24, 2013 10:07 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I’m happy you visited, too!

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