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.


Giant Chalk Dudleya


Dudleya brittonii
Baja California
18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.
Hardy to 20F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Giant Pink Mound

Phyllis sends along her Oscularia deltoides in bloom. I think she’s in Berkeley, maybe Oakland.

It really dominates the garden, no? Lot’s of pretty things, and a giant mass of pink flowers in the center which won’t last long but is astounding nonetheless. I bet the butterflies and bees are going wild.

Ice Plant Mixed Pot Hypertufa


The Delosperma “Fire Spinner” is in bloom in the lovely Urban Farmgirls trough. The plants are so very green. The flower is practically too colorful.



Arctostaphylos morroensis
Morro Manzanita

Native to California
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low, summer-drought
Size: 6t x 8w.

Endangered in its native range in Southern Cal., it grows well coastal gardens throughout the state. Lavender flowers with red berries.

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.


Mixed Cactus and Succulents Garden in Berkeley

Eveleyn Ave.

This is a classic xeric garden. No watering necessary. However, given the size of the Aeonium rosettes, since they’re winter growers, I’d say this garden has had a bit of water this summer.

I see a carnellated Echeveria in full bloom. Echinocactus grusonii, Dudleya, and more.

Mixed Succulent Pots


Joseph’s latest mixed succulent pot in a Urban Farmgirls hypertufa pot.


Mixed Succulents

It’s November already? It must be time for Mixed Succulents, Terrariums, Hanging Wall Panels, and Succulent Wreaths. Yes it is.


And here we see the start of the November season with a fancy mixed pot. How fancy? I count 3 lovely little succulents in one locally made hypertufa pot. Is that a Sedum? yes it is! and there’s a Sedeveria and a Crassula too. So that’s good.

Mixed Succulents


Wow that’s a lot of filtering going on in that photo of a mixed succulent terrarium with some sand design action too. In case you were wondering, I overused Snapseed in that there photo. Enjoy!


Here’s a slightly less filtered photo of a Sarracenia minor. But only slightly less filtered! Shock.

Mixed Succulents Basket


Here is our proposal for succulent baskets. Who is the proposal for? It’s a secret. But still, don’t you think we should get it? Of course you do. And we thank you for your support.

Nice Panicle


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

Oakland Succulent Terrariums

on Lake Merritt.

We’ve been contacted by the artists to participate in this project, and we hope to be able to contribute for the big giant floating succulent terrarium.

Here’s a very nice write-up of the project.

In the Bay Area, you don’t have to go far to find beautiful plants near sparkling waters. But, two Oakland artists have a more creative vision. They hope to showcase plants on water – with a giant terrarium that will float atop Lake Merritt.

The “Wonderarium,” a 3,000-pound, 8-foot acrylic sphere, is the dream of Yvette Molina, 38, and Sarah Filley, 39. They plan to construct it, fill it with an exotic array of brightly colored plants, light it with LED lights, and mount it on a floating platform. The target date for completion is in 2012, and the artists believe their project will appear to hover magically above the lake….

To encourage and build children’s interest in the project, the pair taught a carnivorous terrarium-building workshop at the UC Botanical Gardens, participated in the East Bay Mini Maker fair on Oct. 24, and are now brainstorming ideas for classroom visits, planned for the fall of 2011. Meanwhile, for the child in everyone, they created the carnival-like “mobile plant ambassador + succulent circus,” an ice-cream cart with a 24-inch Wonderarium prototype affixed to the front…. From the cart, they pass out succulents in ice cream cups, hoping to garner support for the Wonderarium.

I don’t have any snark to add to this at all. I guess I’m just not up to the full extent of all the responsibilities of my blogging duties. Oh, the humanity.

No, wait! That was some Grade B Snark! Certainly not my A-List best, but close enough for you, my loyal readers, right?!? Thank you and good night.

Oakland Succulents

Lawton Ave.

These can be hard to ID, but i would humbly submit that it might be an Aloe maculata, one of the spotted stemless aloes known as the Soap Aloe. You can zoom in closer if you want to check out my fine ID work and see if you can suggest another name for it.

Oakland Succulents

oakland succulents

Telegragh Ave., Oakland, CA

You never know where you’ll find a few succulents hanging out. These succulents are in Oakland, which is not too surprising. And in the Temescal neighborhood, which makes sense and all. But as a hanging basket of Crassula and Sedum in front of an outdoor seating area at a pizza joint? Shocking!

Just go to shows you can find succulents anywhere these days.

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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!


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

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