Leucadendron “Safari Goldstrike”

Cedar Street, Berkeley

Berkeley Yucca Garden

Heinz Street, Berkeley

A nicely blooming Yucca in the Aquatic Park Gardens with a beautiful red Leucadendron in front. Sweet!

Summer Cactus Flower

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.

Cylindropuntia fulgida

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.


Pincushion Protea, Berkeley 

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
Water: Low
Size: 5ft

Urban Farming in Berkeley

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.


From Berkeleyside,

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.

Cape Daisies for Spring! 

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. 

Sunflowers in Berkeley

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!

Berkeley Milkweed

It’s the Hairyballs Milkweed plant.

Gomphocarpus physocarpa 10th Street, Berkeley

California Native Flowers in Berkeley

Mimulus Georgie Orange

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”?

Yellow Iceplant in Berkeley


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.

Spring comes Early!


New growth on the Opuntia basilaris v caudata in January means this drought has gone on long enough.

Puya Done



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!

Berkeley Succulents


Jones Street Berkeley
Aeonium clump, low growing, click to enlarge so you can really see the whole thing.

Dwarf Butterfly Bush


Buddleia davidii “Buzz Purple”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
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.


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