Succulent Terrariums


Nicole has been busy making succulent terrariums for the holidays.


Every single one gets a mini animal as well as a succulent.


Nice! Anne says the chicken is  a snow chicken. I doubt it. It looks like a Rhode Island Red to me.

Succulent Wall Panels


It’s a closeup, a detail even, from one of our own custom Succulent Wall Panels. 

We make them! Right here in the Berkeley California workshop we call a Cactus Jungle.

How do we make them? Well we start with the finest of recycled wood boards and make a box! 4 sides and a back, with a wire mesh front. The material inside is green moss, i.e. sphagnum moss, with a backing of rock wool. That’s it! No soil, never no way.

So then you lay the completed box flat on a table and poke the moss with a pointy stick, or a pencil if you prefer, to generate a small hole that you can stick a succulent cutting into. Lots of succulent cuttings. Sedums, Crassulas and Sempervivums work well. An occasional Echeveria but not too many.

Make sure the cuttings are healed over by letting it dry for a few days before sticking it in the box. So this may be a multi-day process.

Then you let the box sit in a warm sunny location for 4-8 weeks until the cuttings have rooted into the boxes.

We also use greening pins to help hold the succulents in place, because we do have to transport the boxes to our greenhouse to root, and then back again, but you don’t need to use greening pins if you don’t want to. However, after the box is fully rooted and you want to hang it up on a wall, then you might want to check to see if any of the succulents have been less than fully rooted at that point at which time you may want to use some greening pins yourself to help keep the loose succulents from falling out.


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.

Succulent Wall Panels

Succulent Wall Panels

Succulent Wall Panels look pretty in the blazing red sunshine. (photo effects might apply)

Succulents Berkeley


Page Street, Berkeley

Cotyledon orbiculata in full bloom. Now that’s a nicely shaped shrubby and chalky succulent, just like your mother used to make.

And in case you don’t also follow me on instagram, here’s the instagrammed and filtered version that appeared there.


Which do you like better?

Succulents for Everyone!

agave and penstemon stannage ave

Stannage Ave., Berkeley

A nice garden with Agave attenuata and a red-flowering Penstemon. Nice mounds.

Succulents, Berkeley


A nice window box of succulents on College Ave in Berkeley.

Sedum, Pelargonium and the popular Sempervivum tectorum greenii.

Sunny Day Succulents

It’s a sunny day so it’s an Aeonium “Sunburst” but unfortunately it’s in the shade. Could I have moved out to the sun for the picture? You would think so…. 🤔 😉

Sunny Day Succulents

We have a lot of sunny succulents.







Wow, that’s a sunny day indeed. I’m not complaining, mind you. I quite enjoy it.

That's My Car

Pardee Street
Calandrinia grandiflora in, shall we say, bloom.

These form beautiful mounds of blue-gray leaves. With more water and shade the leaves will grow big and full. On the other hand, if you blast them with sun and turn off the water then they bloom up a storm. Like so.

They’re also great in hanging baskets, for centerpieces, for lunch meetings, and in half-open VW Beetle convertibles.



Aeonium “Voodoo” is a big-head version of the classic “Schwartzkopf” or Black Rose Aeonium. Big head indeed. These are it’s winter colors. Nice!

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?

Winter Growing Aloes

I see the winter growing South African Aloes are coming into season.


Snake head bloom stalk on an Aloe speciosa, the Tilt-head Aloe that will get up to 10ft tall with a single tilted head.

Yellow Iceplant in Berkeley


This yellow Delosperma is on 4th Street in Berkeley.

OK, so it’s in front of the store. Which store you ask? How can you ask that?!? It’s Cactus Jungle!

If you follow me on the instagrams you might see this same picture, but filtered. Very filtered.

Yellow Pokers

Evelyn Ave., Berkeley

It’s the yellow version of the red hot poker. I don’t know the cultivar of Kniphofia since there are a few that will bloom yellow. The hummingbirds of course go wild for these.

Yucca Blooms

We’re very excited to see that one of our large Yucca rostratas is in full bloom!


This is not really the largest we have right now, but hopefully this means the single head at the top of this 3ft. tree will start to split and then maybe it will be a 2 head Yucca! Or even a 3 head Yucca? Maybe!

Yucca vs. Moon

The moon sure looked bigger this morning behind the Yuccas than this photo shows.

I wonder why we see the moon as bigger in person than it clearly is in reality as depicted in this very photo right here?

Nice urban Yuccas, too.

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