Agave and Barrel

Hap lays it out for a customer on our new clean beautiful new sidewalk.

agave blue glow

Agave “Blue Glow” and Echinocactus grusonii

I hope the residue from the blue tape comes off….

Anne's Rooster

Annes Rooster

Anne’s rooster is a Silkie x Ameraucana rooster. Nice!

Artichoke Tree

There’s an artichoke in our neighborhood that’s growing into a tree. They’ve been pruning it up and now it has a trunk and everything. The flower heads are small since this plant has been in the ground for a number of years. I wouldn’t try to eat them.

10th Street, Berkeley

Bamboo Install

Back to plants! Ian took this photo of a bamboo install this morning.

Hap took Mike and Ian and it looks like they got very busy. Whew! Glad that wasn’t me. I know they were glad it wasn’t raining as scheduled.

I wonder what program on his phone Ian used to get that photo. Shall we guess?

Bay Area Garden Gnome from Texas

ut gnome page street

I found this gnome from Texas on Page Street in Berkeley. Why is there a UTexas garden gnome in our neighborhood? I do not ask questions, I only take the pictures. Where’s my UMich gnome????

Berkeley Birds

A new bird comes to Berkeley, and the birders rejoice.

This weekend, hundreds of bird enthusiasts flocked to a quiet southside Berkeley neighborhood to catch a glimpse of a beautiful North American breeding bird that has never before been sighted in Alameda County. The colorful Painted Redstart was still in the Elmwood neighborhood this morning…

“It has a distinctive call that sounds like ‘too weet’ with the emphasis on the ‘weet,’” (Lory) said.

We’ll post anything here at Berkeley’s own Cactus Blog.

Berkeley Cactus


San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Flowering cholla among the bamboo.

Berkeley Cactus Garden


A new luscious Opuntia pad coming soon to a Berkeley cactus garden near you. Plus! Nice Yucca elephantipes behind.

Berkeley Gardens

spurge and artemisia camelia street

Camelia Street, Berkeley

Spurge, probably Euphorbia characias, and Artemesia. Sulphur yellow blooms? Check.

Berkeley Gardens

aeonium kains ave

Kains Ave., Berkeley

I see a large-headed Aeonium “Sunburst” in front of a whole mound of Aeonium heads. Lots of Crassula, some Agave, and a Lemon Tree. Delicious! Too bad its all hiding behind a well-stacked rock wall.

Berkeley Gardens

Ron and Doris are growing a stapeliad outside, and successfully, too! Semi-hardy in the Bay Area, it’s planted under the protection of a larger cactus.

Caralluma piaranthoides

These are some of the prettiest of the carrion flowers, and not too smelly especially when they are successfully blooming outside in the garden. You might find some beetles come find these flowers, but everyone loves them some beetles. And more blooms coming!

And here’s a bonus Echinopsis fruit from their garden. If those seeds drop….


Berkeley Gardens


10th Street in Berkeley

I don’t know the species, but this looked like a Grevillea to me until I looked more closely at the blooms and the flower structure is all wrong not just for a Grevillea but for any Proteaceae. Nice blooms all around. Any ideas?

Grevillea was named for George Grevillea. Actually it was named for Charles Greville, a founder of the British Royal Horticultural Society, even though the genus is from Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, and Sulawesi.

Berkeley Gardens

9th Street, Berkeley
Non-succulent edition.


Oxalis “Coppertones” in a lovely brick planter. Oh, Berkeley, you are so lovely.


Unknown shrub: Pretty flower.

Berkeley Gardens

This is actually our own front bed with a Sunflower in late bloom, along with some Opuntia and Crassula (Prickly Pear and Jade).

Berkeley Milkweed

It’s the Hairyballs Milkweed plant.

Gomphocarpus physocarpa 10th Street, Berkeley

Berkeley Succulent Garden

cotyledon and aeoniums kains ave

Kains Ave., Berkeley

That’s a Cotyledon to the left, a Crassula in the front, and numerous dark Aeoniums to boot. Nice garden!

Berkeley Succulent Garden

Ashby Avenue

Some really nice specimens in this garden. Well tended, too.

Too many different species for me to go about naming them for you, so you’re on your own.

Berkeley Succulents


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

Berkeley Yucca Garden

Heinz Street, Berkeley

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

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