"Primrose Beauty"

It’s a stunning display of kniph’s in bloom in a sidewalk strip in Berkeley.

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Carleton Street
Kniphofia uvaria “Primrose Beauty”

A Couple of Pretty Succulents

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Echeveria “Perle von Nurnberg”
 
6″ rosettes w/cupped purple leaves
 
Hardy to 25F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

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Echeveria “Afterglow”
 
Rosettes to 24″, powdery Lavender leaves best in full sun.

Hardy to 25F 
Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

A Crassula Blooms in Berkeley

Crassula falcata and Agave attenuata

Fortunately it’s just the Crassula in bloom. Up the street a number of Agaves are blooming all at once.

Aeonium at the Point of Entry

Aeonium holochrysum(?)
Oxford Street, Berkeley

I love these sidewalk plantings. Succulents do really well in cracks and crevices. In this case, there’s a lot of soil behind that retaining wall, so the plants are fully rooted back there. But it does change the way the Aeoniums grow. These are usually a taller species, not one of the ground covers, but here in coming out of the base of a wall, they’re smaller.

Aeonium in Bloom 

Russell St, Berkeley 

Aeonium arboreum cultivar in full bloom with lots of little yellow flowers! 

Aeoniums

Winter growing Aeoniums are really starting to look fresh, especially in the California winter sunshine. And by winter I mean 55F.

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Aeonium “Ballerina” is very shade tolerant. The leaves are a bit sticky. Well,  maybe more than a bit.

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Aeonium “Whippet” is our own low growing cultivar. Fast to branch, it will grow 30″ tall. And very colorful right now too. That’s what it’s good for!

Agave Attenuata

Talbot Ave., Berkeley

Everybody loves Agave attenuata. At least until we get a freeze. Then it’s not so good. But they’ll come back. These have from the freeze we got the last 2 years.

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Stannage Ave., Berkeley

Agave attenuata, always a popular choice. These soft-leafed agaves are also less hardy. Oh well, a little plus, a little minus, must be karma.

These are pretty big, having come through the last two cold winters apparantly just fine. The babies are at the top of the hill, none down low. Very interesting.

Agaves Berkeley

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Stannage Ave., Berkeley is well planted with succulents.

Agave attenuata well placed against the house to help it through the occasional freeze.

Aloe Babies

Succulents and More has a new crop of Aloe babies received from a fellow collector found on facebook. Wait, you mean facebook is good for something?

While buying larger specimens provides instant gratification, there’s something even more special about young plants,barely out of seedlinghood. I think of them as the botanical equivalent of babies and toddlers—so full of life and promise, virtually all their life still ahead of them.

Click through for the pictures of the bare root baby Aloes. Fine.

Aloe Berkeley

Aloe arborescens Berkeley

Spruce Street, Berkeley

The Aloe arborescens are blooming up a storm all over Berkeley. Everywhere you turn there are those signature orange spikes. The hummingbirds must be going wild.

Aloe ferox Bloom Mania

Its a maniacal amount of hummingbird flowers.

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We’ve been tracking the situation for months now.

Aloes Along the Sidewalk

Stannage Ave.
Aloe spinosissima

These mounding aloes will be covered in orange bloom spikes in a few months. They seem to do pretty well right alongside a high traffice area, holding up well to 8 year-olds on bicycles falling into them.

Aloes in Berkeley

Aloe arborescens on Addison Street with a lovely blooming Kniphofia uvaria (Red Hot Poker) also.

These are in bloom all over Berkeley all winter long and this makes them quite popular.

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An Agave Grows in Berkeley

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Agave americana

Alcatraz Ave., near the Berkeley/Oakland border.

Looks like they left just enough space for this monster to grow full size before it impedes on the sidewalk and stabs a young bicyclist riding by.

An Agave in Berkeley

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7th Street, Berkeley

In this clever photo I chose to hide the Agave behind a fence. I could have walked a few feet and taken the picture without the fence in the way, but then you wouldn’t have seen the scaffolding. So those were the choices and this is the result.

An Agave in Berkeley

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Agave americana on Channing Way in Berkeley. In the sidewalk strip? That’ll outgrow that so fast! Hopefully there aren’t any kids riding bikes near there.

An Aloe Grows in berkeley

Hello guys-
I was just at your store last week visiting from San Diego. I wish I lived closer so I could buy more than the pink garden gloves I got! My sister lives in Berkeley and she takes me to your nursery every time I come up. We love to roam around and find out the names of some things in our garden which are unnamed.

I’d like to know if you could please identify this aloe for me. Seen here, it is about 3 years old and was given to my sister by her succulent guru who has a fantastic garden, but doesn’t always remember the names of her plants!

Thanks very much,
Pat

Pat,

You have an Aloe striata v. karasbergensis. We love this aloe but it is a lot slower growing than the Coral Aloe species it comes from.

Peter

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