Author Archive: Peter Lipson

New Cactus Garden, Marin

We planted a new planter bed with a lot of really big cactus in Marin – we do have a store there now! I see a spectacular San Pedro and some gorgeous blooming grandiflora hybrids too. Nice! And here is Cris! And here the team is wearing Tyvek suits to prune the prickly pear. Glochids!… Read more »

Artichoke Cactus

It’s the ever fascinating Obregonia denegrii native to Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas. Also known as peyotl.

Hedgehog Cactus Flowers

It’s some giant Echinocereus flowers! Hap thinks it’s E. enneacanthus. Maybe! It’s a very hardy cactus, growing in the upper reaches of New Mexico.

Orchid Cactus

A new Epiphyllum flower color! Peach… Orange… Peach… Orange… Nice.

Opuntia engelmanii

Common Name: Cactus Apple Origin: From California to Louisiana; Mexico Shrubby, sprawling to 10ft., yellow to apricot blooms, edible fruit Hardy to 15F Full Sun to Part Sun Low Water

Echinopsis grandiflora hybrids

Yow the hybrids have gone bonkers. This Echinopsis hybrid is “Tropical Pink”, everyone’s favorite giant cactus flower that we have been growing and cultivating and growing more of for decades. So nice.

Gasteria batesiana

Weird flowers, kind of bulbous, on your friendly local Gasterias. Fun!

String of Dolphins

Also known as Dolphins Necklace. It’s a cute little trailing succulent that is all the rage all of a sudden. First it was hot in Japan and now it is hot in the US too. I blame Instagram. We’ve posted it on instagram too, of course, because of course. Senecio peregrinus String of Dolphins SW… Read more »

Monkey Hand Tree

X Chiranthofremontia Common Name: Monkey Hand Tree Origin: California Hybrid: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset” Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established. Characteristics: Temperature: Hardy to 25°F Sun: Full Sun Water: Low; Summer Drought Size:… Read more »

Monkey Hand Tree

X Chiranthofremontia Common Name: Monkey Hand Tree Origin: California Hybrid: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset” Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established. Characteristics: Temperature: Hardy to 25°F Sun: Full Sun Water: Low; Summer Drought Size:… Read more »

Epi Flowers

We have a beautiful crop of mixed Epiphyllum in bloom, at the same time, at both stores! Berkeley? Yes! Marin? Sure! Nice.

Epi Flowers

We have a beautiful crop of mixed Epiphyllum in bloom, at the same time, at both stores! Berkeley? Yes! Marin? Sure! Nice.

Cactus Flowers for Spring!

Echinopsis grandiflora “Tropical Pink” for the win! First out of the gate for giant Cactus flowers for spring. We have had some Rebutia flowers already, and of course Mammilaria too, but these are the winners.

Cactus Flowers for Spring!

Echinopsis grandiflora “Tropical Pink” for the win! First out of the gate for giant Cactus flowers for spring. We have had some Rebutia flowers already, and of course Mammilaria too, but these are the winners.

Ice Plants, Marin County

Peacock Drive, San Rafael It’s a massive cluster of Delosperma in San Rafael. I think it’s Delosperma cooperi, but maybe a cultivar of cooperi like “Jewel of Desert Rosequartz”. Either way, it’s a little bit stunning.

Ice Plants, Marin County

Peacock Drive, San Rafael It’s a massive cluster of Delosperma in San Rafael. I think it’s Delosperma cooperi, but maybe a cultivar of cooperi like “Jewel of Desert Rosequartz”. Either way, it’s a little bit stunning.

Are Saguaros Slow Growing?

Yes, they are slow-growing. Here, let’s check in with the National; Park Service: It can take 10 years for a saguaro cactus to reach 1 inch in height. By 70 years of age, a saguaro cactus can reach 6 and a half feet tall, and will finally start to produce their first flowers. By 95-100… Read more »

Top Ten Lists

Are we one of the top ten Garden centers in the Bay Area ? You decide… The Top Rated Garden Centers and Nurseries in the Bay Area McGuire Real Estate|April 12, 2019 Gardening in the Bay Area can be an intimidating endeavor. In San Francisco alone, every neighborhood has its own microclimate. And that doesn’t… Read more »

Top Ten Lists

Are we one of the top ten Garden centers in the Bay Area ? You decide… The Top Rated Garden Centers and Nurseries in the Bay Area McGuire Real Estate|April 12, 2019 Gardening in the Bay Area can be an intimidating endeavor. In San Francisco alone, every neighborhood has its own microclimate. And that doesn’t… Read more »

Giant Yellow Cactus Flower

Opuntia santa-rita “Tubac” Common Name: Purple Prickly Pear Origin: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas; Mexico Large round pads covered in glochids, blue-grey in summer turn purple in cold. Yellow flowers. Hardy to 15F Full Sun to Part Shade Low Water

Giant Yellow Cactus Flower

Opuntia santa-rita “Tubac” Common Name: Purple Prickly Pear Origin: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas; Mexico Large round pads covered in glochids, blue-grey in summer turn purple in cold. Yellow flowers. Hardy to 15F Full Sun to Part Shade Low Water

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