Baobab Trees, Tanzania

Adansonia digitata. Photograph by Tom Schwabel

“Baobab trees frame a serene view of night skies in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Some species of baobab trees can live for a thousand years—potentially reaching a stunning height of 80 feet (25 meters) and a diameter of 40 feet (12 meters).” © 2010 National Geographic Society.

While we don’t grow any Baobabs in Berkeley, we do grow their relatives, the Bombax and the Chorisia (Kapok), in the Bombacoideae family.

Barrels of Fun!


Parker Street, Berkeley
Mixed Succulents in a Barrel

The Rare Barrel brews beers, especially sour beers, which seems to be the latest craze. But here we see they put some succulents in a barrel instead. Delicious!

Berkeley Aloe


Aloe arborescens

Sacramento Street, Berkeley

New filters from Snapseed, new camera from Canon. Happy holidays!


Berkeley Bamboo

Bambusa tuldoides grown as a street tree. Good thing its a clumping bamboo, or there could be shoots coming up across the street, in the neighbors yard, etc…


Berkeley Cactus


It’s my own tree cholla from South America. Opuntia subulata, or more precisely Austrocylindropuntia subulata.

And by mine, I mean Cactus Jungle’s.

Berkeley Cactus and Berkeley Succulents


Cactus in a cinder block planter
Grayson St, Berkeley


Cotyledon garden
Grayson St, Berkeley

And a bonus Daisy photo!


Osteospermum, Cape Daisies


We’ve got a whole bunch of new birdfeeders at the store. I don’t know why – our plants attract enough birds and bees and butterflies and hummingbirds too. But, we’re a nursery, so people expect birdfeeders.

Pictures of an older birdfeeder after the jump…. Read More…

Black Friday Robots

Another one of our brand new spectacular Lipson Robotics robots that will be out and available Friday morning.

I wonder what all these robots have to do with Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Oh, and what do they have to do with Cactus?

Nobody knows. Go figure!

Black Friday! Robots!

The newest and bestest Lipson Robotics robots are finally out at the store. And just in time, I might add.

They cost a bit more than 10¢, OK? But I guarantee you this robot will fix your cough. And any bursitis you may have.

Black Widow


Agave “Black Widow” is our newest addition to our Agave family. It comes to us as a cultivar of Agave schidigera. Yay! Generally solitary, these might get close to 24″ across. More likely 18″. They are quite filiferous and strongly variegated.

And I found this strange music video from a company that produces this agave.


Blog Back

Well, I’m working on getting the archives back. And redesigning this page. And posting too. Always with the posting.

Yay! We’re back. I wonder how long it will last.


Blog Issues

I’m trying to fix the blog software issues. Hopefully, I’ll have a newly minted, fast blog up and running. Hopefully it will all work at this same address, so you won’t miss a thing. Wish me luck.

Blog Issues Update

So I wasn’t able to fix the blog yesterday. It is still slow loading for now. Does anyone know how to upgrade Serendipity? I have to call in the professionals. In the meantime, here’s a picture.

Pereskia grandifolia


Oops, I forgot to blog today. Here have a hummingbird babies in a nest photo.



Blogging may be slow, or not depending on how I feel, while in Chicago for a nursery convention.

Here’s the skyline from navy pier this morning.


Blooming Aloes

So I see the Aloe ferox is in full bloom. In fact we have 3 giant 24″ box A. feroxes in bloom. Quite the sight.


And a closeup too, for those of you who like to stick your nose right into the flowers.


Blooming Video

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Blue Jacaranda

The Jacaranda are in bloom. I don’t know what that has to do with Cactus Blog, but there you go.


Jacaranda mimosifolia

Bluebell Creeper


Sollya heterophylla is a low-growing, shall we say creeping, perennial with darling little blue flowers. Except that the flowers are small and hang down below the leaves and so they’re sitting at the nursery in full bloom and nobody knows! But I was able to lay down on the gravel and take a look, and look what I found!

Bonus Whippet

It’s Jason, checking out his Tintin collection.


Our case of Debra Lee Baldwin’s “Succulent Container Gardens” arrived. Truly a beautiful book. So many good ideas.


Bored in Arizona?

Try low to the ground cycling through Saguaro National Park.

27 Saguaro Loop

Cactus Forest Drive at Saguaro National Park East.

The paved eight-mile loop drive is a scenic treasure…

Boy Falling With Cactus

I’ve decided that today is goofy cactus photo day. Come along!

The boy appears to be named Gaston. Probably the french would know what this character is about, and why he has a cactus falling out of his hand.

Watch the cactus, Gaston!!!

Bright Orange Cactus

Singapore Plants Lover has some delicate photos of a very bright orange irradiated Gymnocalycium graft. They seem to be very popular, and I understand they’re even more popular in Asia.

Here’s more info about them.

I find them to be unpleasant. Here’s a wikipedia photo to get you started, but go ahead and click through to the Singapore photos, too.

That looks like it’s been grafted onto a Hylocereus base. I wonder if the base can still produce delicious dragon fruit when grafted like that?


I’m not sure what to make of this. I received this in an email from a wholesale distributor of toys. There is no link on the email, and no catalog online, so I don’t really know what this is. They call it “Brilliant Quiff by BLUW” but it looks like a cactus hat.


I wonder what it really is? To the google!

I see it is actually an Giant Inflatable Elvis Wig. How disappointing.


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