Wheelbarrow Succulents


San Pablo Ave.

I hope you like the “vignette blur” feature I’m now using to make the local Berkeley succulent photos look more interesting. I mean, this wheelbarrow is already very interesting, for sure, you know, and all, but maybe a little more interesting with the weird blur effect that makes it look like a toy?

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,


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.


Nice Panicle


The Echeveria “Flying Cloud” has interesting compound racemes for an inflorescence.

Fan Aloe

Some thick and colorful Aloe plicatilis buds.


Aloe ferox Bloom Mania

Its a maniacal amount of hummingbird flowers.


We’ve been tracking the situation for months now.

Berkeley Succulents


Solano Ave. mixed succulents container in front of a salon. Hair? Nails? I don’t know.


At a holiday party last night we saw a lovely little Euphorbia with Christmas lights. Its a holiday miracle!

Partridge Aloe

The less common of the 2 Partridge aloe, Aloe dinteri is from South Africa and the blooms are getting ready to open, so you know what that means. Hummingbirds!

Coast Aloe

Well the Aloe ferox blooms are still not open. But luckily the hummingbirds have found a suitable replacement for now.

Aloe thraskii

Cape Aloe

The ongoing saga of the Aloe ferox blooms continues. Here we see the buds are in their last stage before opening, but not yet ready for the hummingbirds. Maybe tomorrow.


First Buds

First Aloe ferox buds of the year. Blooms should be a couple months away still. Maybe sooner. We could check the blog archives for last years blooms.


Propeller Plant

Crassula falcata in full bloom. They do make the nicest bright red puffballs of blooms around.

Mexican Hens

These Echeveria shaviana’s sure put on quite the bloom show.

The rosettes under all those bloom stalks aren’t looking so great.


El Cerrito Cactus

Apparently there’s a newspaper in the next town over from Berkeley and they have a cactus that blooms so it’s featured in the newspaper every year. They don’t know what it is, but they don’t stop over here and ask us, now do they? Reporters should call us you know, we’d answer all their questions for them.

Long-time residents know that the plants bloom once a year, subject to the vagaries of weather and traffic. At one time, there were more cacti in the group with multi-colored flowers, but so far this year we just have a single bloom atop one plant.

Gardeners will probably know the names of the plants, but for most of us, the beauty is in the patterns and the blooms.

Geez, don’t reporters have phones anymore?

Not sure what variety of succulent this might be, but it’s an interesting visual effect.

Oh, the humanity. Should we tell them what they are?


Sedum “Blue Spruce” blooms have finally fully opened. They were buds for months!


Dudleya / Echeveria

The cell phone photo wasn’t great so I’m hoping this Photoshop manipulation hides the problems.


Berkeley Succulent

5th Street, Berkeley

It’s an Aloe arborescens in full bloom behind the fence. I wonder what else is behind that fence. Should I peek?

Succulent Wall Panels

We custom planted these succulent wall panels for a customer who gave them to his wife as a birthday present, covering a wall right outside the window. Nice!

He sent us this photo. Thanks, Doug.

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