I’m back and ready to blog up a storm. First I’ll need to go through all those emails stacked up. In the meantime, here’s a Berkeley Succulent photo for you to ponder.

Milvia Street

Aloe ciliaris and Senecio repens, plus I see an Echeveria “Perle von Nurnberg” too.

Berkeley Aeoniums

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Stannage Ave., Berkeley

That’s a lot of potted Aeoniums hanging out on Stannage. Big Aeoniums, like maybe A. urbicum sized. And a big rock, too. I like big rocks.

Berkeley Aeoniums


62nd Street

Aeonium “Schwartzkopf”

These winter growing succulents are really taking off around here these days. Of course, this photo was taken over 5 years ago, so it must also have been a winter photo. Did you know that this was cultivated from the Aeonium arboreum species?

Berkeley Agave


Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

An Agave americana that will get too big for its location soon enough, plus some bonus scented geranium.

Berkeley Agave


Agave americana v. marginata – the kinder gentler century plant.

Berkeley Agaves

<img width="432" hspace="5" height="344" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/grant07.jpg" /><br /><br />Grant Street<br />Agave attenuata and Agave parryi under a large Yucca plus a Dudleya clump too.<br /><br />

Berkeley Agaves


University Ave, Berkeley

We planted these large Succulent planters along the upper portions of University, near downtown. They don’t go all the way up to the school, yet. Maybe next year there will be enough money to extend them all the way up.

Photo has been filtered. Berkeley isn’t actually those retro colors.

Berkeley Aloe

<img width="287" hspace="5" height="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/arlington01.jpg" /><br /><br />Arlington Ave.<br />Aloe arborescens. It’s a good time of year for the winter-blooming aloes.<br /><br />

Berkeley Aloe

<img width="324" hspace="5" height="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/oxford07.jpg" /><br /><br />Oxford Street<br />Aloe nobilis<br /><br />

Berkeley Aloe


Browning St.

Aloe arborescens. I like this plant when planted up against a structure more than when planted out in the median strip. I like the massing effect.

Here’s the same plant in a planting strip on Page St., and I don’t like the mounding as much.


It’s still pretty. of course, and the blooming is quite impressive. But I have my preferences and there is nothing you can do to make me change my mind.

Berkeley Aloe

<img width="324" hspace="5" height="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/oxford06.jpg" /><br /><br />Oxford Street<br />Aloe arborescens<br /><br />

Berkeley Aloe

Kains Ave.

It’s a barrel of aloe. What more could a monkey want? Nice blooms.

Berkeley Aloes


Jones Street, Berkeley

Aloe nobilis, the Golden Tooth Aloe.

Berkeley Aloes

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5th Street, Berkeley

Aloe saponaria coming into bloom and Aloe arborescens.

I’ll need to come back in a week or two to check out the full bloom spike when open.

Berkeley Aloes

Oxford Street
Aloe saponaria

It’s always nice to have a wall to let plants hang over. It’s a very scenic style of gardening. Everyone should have a wall. We do.

Berkeley Aloes


8th Street
Aloe striata in bloom. Looks nice against the rock. Granite!

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<img width="360" hspace="5" height="432" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/oxford08.jpg" /><br /><br />Oxford Street<br />In amongst the weeds we see an Echeveria, an Aeonium and an Aloe peeking through. It’s definitely weed season here – the oxalis are in bloom!.<br /><br />

Berkeley Blooming Succulents

Aeonium subplanum
9th Street

This is a pretty significant bloom spray off this plant, which will be the end of that plant. All gone.

Berkeley Cactus


Sacramento Street

Opuntia subulata (Austrocylindropuntia subulata) is the big centerpiece of this Berkeley apartment building streetfront. But there’s lots of Crassula ovata and an Aloe nobilis and a nice big Aloe arborescens in the background too.

Berkeley Cactus

We delivered some new pots to one of our regular customers and while there I took photos of some of their cactus pots we set up for them a few years ago.

I see the plants have grown in nicely. Maybe a bit TOO nicely, if you know what I mean.

No, you don’t know what I mean? Oh. I mean it’s overgrown – that it’s time to start pulling a few plants out and propagating some of them and replanting them with more space to grow again over the next few years.

And this is a stunning specimen Opuntia saxitilis in the almost-sunset light. It was a mere baby when it was planted. Now look how big its grown.

Berkeley Cactus


8th Street

Opuntia ficus-indica is one of the most delicious of all the delicious cacti.

Berkeley Cactus

Talbot Ave.

Cereus uruguayanus and an Agave americana plus some aloes too.

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