Cuban Land Snails Polymita picta

Polymita picta, common name the Cuban land snail or the painted snail, is a species of large, air-breathing land snail. Shells of Polymita picta can reach a length of about 20 millimeters (0.79 in). These large shells are shiny and very brightly colored. Normally they show a bright yellow color with a white stripe, but the species is well known for its colorful shell polymorphism, with numerous color varieties. These shells are sought after by poachers and used to make jewelry and trinkets. As a result, the species has become endangered.

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Counter-/subtrope of humans are space orcs: aliens are space elves/fairies.
Tall, graceful creatures that somehow draw humans like flies. Short aliens that are well known for their advanced, almost magical technology that, by extension, is far more advanced than humans could have dreamed. Humanoid aliens with wings that ascribe to certain courts, behaviors, and technologies. Aliens who weave the planet’s flora and fauna into new living things.
This meme doesn’t really go over aliens much. Give me alien space elves.

You know that trope on TVTropes called “and the fandom rejoiced,” when a creator does something they like or changes something or does something new to refuel nostalgia

There should be a subtrope, specifically for Butch Hartman works, called “and the fandom let out a long suffering sigh and there was a smattering of golf claps but with an overall feeling of ‘meh’”

I know, it’s a temp title


Did someone say SUPERBLOOM??

The gardens are going completely nuts right now.  So many blooms, so much color, so many scents. Stop by if you have a chance. We haven’t seen a bloom like this in years.

Cassia, Subtropical Garden
Ranunculus, Shakespeare Garden
Cleistocactus parapetiensis, Desert Garden
Pericallis papyracea, Subtropical Garden
Streptosolen jamesonii, Jungle Garden
Schaueria calicotricha, Jungle Garden
Wisteria floribunda ‘Macrobotrys’, Japanese Garden
Chaenomeles ‘Nomura’, Chinese Garden
Justicia rizzinii, Jungle Garden
Ageratum ‘Blue Danube’, Shakespeare Garden

The earliest known fossils of sea cows are found in 50 million-year-old marine sediments. Even at that early stage, 2 groups of sea cows had already evolved – the dugongs and the manatees. The dugongs inhabited a wide range of tropical and subtropical marine shores along the coasts of Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and Australia. Manatees have been confined to areas around the Atlantic, from North America to South America and Africa. #ManateeAppreciationDay


The superbloom continues!!

Aloe burgersfortensis, Desert Garden
Euphorbia xantii, Desert Garden
Kerria japonica, Japanese Garden
Dracaena cinnabar, Desert Garden
Brunfelsia latifolia, Jungle Garden
Salvia microphylla, Jungle Garden
Scabiosa cretica, Subtropical Garden
Borzicactus sericatus, Desert Garden
Sonchus canariensis, Subtropical Garden
Nicotiana alata ‘Jasmine White’, Herb Garden


Gardenia or jasmin (Gardenia jasminoides) is an evergreen flowering plant of the family Rubiaceae. It originated in Asia and is most commonly found growing wild in Vietnam, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar, and India. With its shiny green leaves and heavily fragrant white summer flowers, it is widely used in gardens in warm temperate and subtropical climates, and as a houseplant in temperate regions. It has been in cultivation in China for at least a thousand years, and was introduced to English gardens in the mid 18th century.