It’s a cholla in full bloom! Well, it’s a single cholla flower. At least! Maybe I could zoom out and we’d see if there are more flowers.
And it’s a California native cactus too.
Chain-Fruit Cholla, Boxing glove Cholla
Origin: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Baja California
Medium height tree cholla, to 6ft tall. Flowers in summer.
Hardy to 5F.
Leucospermum “Scarlet Ribbons”
Common Name: Nodding Pincushion
Origin: South Africa
Description: Evergreen Shrub
Medium sized shrub with serrated leaves and red tips. Gorgeous multicolored pincushion flowers in yellow, orange, pink, and scarlet. Tolerates a wider range of soils than most Leucospermums.
Temperature: Hardy to 25-30F
Sun: Full Sun
Apparently we not only have our local Urban Adamah urban farm, on land, but we now have at least 2 new roof-top urban farms in Berkeley.
Photo: The rooftop farm created by Top Leaf Farms at 2201 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Photo: Alix Wall
Whatever challenges a rooftop presents, though, are not apparent to a farming novice visiting the roof on Dwight. One can walk through numerous terraces and see neat rows of crops growing; it looks no different than a regular farm, except for the fact that you can also see the tops of nearby office buildings and past those, the Bay Bridge in the distance.
In my backyard! In Berkeley. I should get to weeding…
The range of Osteospermum colors is quite pleasant, and they’re hardy in Berkeley, growing year round and blooming from March through October! They’re opening up everywhere around town. These are on Ashby Ave.
Belvedere Ave, Berkeley
That’s a pretty big Echinopsis pachanoi.
This Sunflower is about 12ft tall. In Berkeley! How do I know that it is that tall? Did I measure it with a yard stick? No, I used an app. Nice!
Quy and Chip send along photos of their garden after planting with Cactus Jungle plants last year. Looking good!
More after the break….
It’s the Hairyballs Milkweed plant.
Gomphocarpus physocarpa 10th Street, Berkeley
Agave attenuata on Dwight Ave., Berkeley
Large Opuntia on Derby St, Berkeley
Huge! Agave Bloom! Derby St., Berkeley
Berkeley cactus garden, Ferocactus stainesii
Mimulus “Georgie Tangerine” on 4th Street in Berkeley
I can’t actually confirm the ID of the cultivar, but I’m pretty sure. Embiggen the photo if you want to look a bit closer yourself and let me know what you think. Maybe it’s M. “Curious Orange”?
This yellow Delosperma is on 4th Street in Berkeley.
OK, so it’s in front of the store. Which store you ask? How can you ask that?!? It’s Cactus Jungle!
If you follow me on the
instagrams you might see this same picture, but filtered. Very filtered.
New growth on the Opuntia basilaris v caudata in January means this drought has gone on long enough.
BERKELEY PUYA DYING OFF
Puya Raimundii at UC Botanical Garden is starting to list, indicating the end is near. The Chronicle/Sam Whiting
The Puya Raimondii that bloomed mysteriously last summer after a 24-year wait at the UC Botanical Garden, is showing signs of fatigue six months later… The blooms that came up last summer were tiny and white on a bud that was 15 feet high.
It was a
spectacular show while it lasted. Buh Bye!
Derby St, Berkeley
amazing flowers 💐 and giant trunks and amazing thick spines. Nice! And they grow them in Berkeley right along the streets.
They are in the former Bombax family, with other succulent bottle trees, which is now the Bombax subfamily (Bombacoideae) of the
mallow family, Malvaceae. Wow! That means it’s a giant tree that is closely related to these delicate and gorgeous California Native perennials. Sweet.
Christmas lights on a cactus garden in Berkeley!
Jones Street Berkeley
Aeonium clump, low growing, click to enlarge so you can really see the whole thing.
Buddleia davidii “Buzz Purple”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Size: 2 to 3ft.
Beautiful compact plant only 24″ tall in container. Stunning purple inflorescence. Great for patios and smaller gardens. Hardy to below 0F.
Opuntia “Maverick” on 10th St in Berkeley.
I stopped by wanting to find out what this is.
That is a Dasylirion wheeleri, and we do have a number of Dasylirions, including that one, in stock.