Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

The other day while walking around with my camera I cocked my head to the left and noticed a rather impressive succulent collection in a window. Within a flash I rotated quickly, pointed my camera, snapped the shot, and was on my way. The elusive plant spy strikes again.


A nice collection indeed!


Looks like an opuntia on the left,  and a rather strange bulbis looking succulent on the right, perhaps related to an echivera? I do not know.


Sedum morganianum “burros tail” looking happy and healthy.


Some very nice specimens, I’m impressed.

Moments later I had barley taken more then 10 steps when a truck with a large tropical drove by. They didn’t see it coming, the camera stealthily positioned, I nabbed the shot. Jab, Kick, Bang, The Plant Spy strikes again.



You know the hobby has gotten to an obsessive level when… There is no turning back now.

I got the idea from a blog many years ago that showcased window gardens they walked by, I think I might continue doing this as I encounter them as well. Also as a award to the people who’s plants I photographed today, free plants if you see your window garden / plants showcased on this website. I have no shortage of them and you deserve to be acknowledged. PLANT SPY!

6 Responses to Plant Spying – The act of spying on people’s plants.

  • Masha says:

    This sounds like fun. I’d like to look at more window gardens:). I take pictures of other people’s gardens too, occasionally…

  • Heather says:

    I love to plant spy. I worry that if the owners saw me, what they may think. Hopefully they know I am just jealous & loving their style. I have taken lots of photos of others homes and gardens. I love what they have done and just admiring their work.

    Thanks for the great advise on the Avocado pit. I think I will just toss the one I have in some soil and see if anything happens and try others that we get. Good to know!

    I have liked reading and looking at all your photos. Looking forward to updates.

  • Nat says:

    I figure it’s all in good fun, I’m not exactly walking up their lawn creeping around their house. The apartment is on a main drag, the shot was taken from the sidewalk. I fill my window to the brims with plants and wouldn’t be offended to see my neighbors taking a glance, personally I’d be flattered.

  • Mark and Gaz says:

    Nice one Nat! I occasionally do the same thing too and have been impressed with what others achieve, both small and big spaces.

    Just be careful when taking photos, they might think you’re stalking :D

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
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