Moist Succulents

Yesterday’s stormy rain left us with moist succulents.







Last Minute Terrariums

rainy day at the nursery

It may be a very rainy day today, but we’re here for you. Today and tomorrow we are staying open all the way to 5pm. Because we care.

airplant terrarium1

airplant terrarium2

airplant terrarium3

Emeryville Natives

Apparently the town next to Berkeley, Emeryville, is no longer part of California.

Hah, I’m just joking.


Here we see someone at the local mall who thinks that California native plants include spurges. They don’t!


And here we see that the entire garden is filled with non-natives – not a native to be seen. Shall we list them out?

Euphorbia from Europe, Senecio from South Africa, Chondropetalum from South Africa, Aeoniums from the Canary Islands, Sedums from Asia.

Actually, it’s a pretty nice drought-tolerant Mediterranean style garden, so I shouldn’t complain that they put out one or two silly native signs.

Mixed Succulent Pots

Everyone loves making the mixed succulent pots.

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These are just a few special succulents in hand-made artist pots by Carey Cherney.

mixed succulent pots2

Lavender Scallops

That is an unfortunate common name for this lovely little plant from Madagascar that has naturalized itself in many places around the world. It is easy to grow, but frost sensitive. We can grow it, but in years when it gets below about 30F then we lose a bunch of it. What is it? It’s this one:

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

That was the highly edited photo to highlight only the best parts of the plant. Here’s an unedited photo:

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Actually that was also an edited photo, just a little more lightly edited.

Which photo do you like better?

My Christmas Cactus is About to Bloom

We have lots of blooming christmas cactuses at the nursery, but this little guy has been at the house a few years now and there are 5 buds, the most it’s had!

More Terrariums! More Airplants!

Continuing yesterdays theme, here are 2 more terrariums with airplants for your consideration.

Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis and I see we have a little bit of Reindeer Moss and some lovely rocks. Plus is that a shell i see? It is!

Tillandsia neglecta in a bit of a washed-out photo. Plus some white gravel as a base. And a couple fancy shells. We love shells! To be honest, we found a really good deal on shells last year but that meant to meet their minimum order we had to buy a LOT of shells. Shells for everyone!

Airplants and Terrariums

We are really full up with airplants and terrariums of all kinds.

Tillandsia bulbosa

Tillandsia xerographica

Tillandsia xerographica x brachycaulis

Tillandsia tenuifolia “Blue”

Tillandsia stricta “Pink-Bronze”

Tillandsia ionantha “Mex”

Tillandsia butzii

Old Man Cacti from South America

These are some high altitude plants with the hairy thing going on.

Cleistocactus straussii  is from Southern Bolivia, ranging into Northern Argentina. There’s some harsh terrain there. We see these individual branches grow to about 10ft. tall and live for about 10 years.

Espostoa lanata is a tree like cactus from Southern Ecuador and into Peru. The woolly hairs have been used as pillow stuffing traditionally in Peru. We see these get 10ft. tall and some say they can reach 20 feet, but I’ve never seen that.

Chopped Succulent


Our friends had a 50th birthday and the floral bouquets included cut Aeonium rosettes. I have nothing to add.

Christmas Cactus Season

It is that time of year when the Christmas Cactus are in bloom. I thought I should post a photo of one today. Winter blooming cactus are all the rage.

Succulent Wreaths

I haven’t posted any pictures of our Succulent Wreaths yet this year. I take new succulent wreath pictures every year and I have been remiss this year. What was I thinking?

This is a less “posed” picture than I usually take, but then the succulent wreaths don’t seem to mind.

In case you were wondering, those are links to our succulent wreath page on our regular website, and to the succulent wreath page on our online shop. I’m not saying you should click those links, just letting you knwo what they are there for.


More Terrariums

We’ve have been so busy making terrariums for everyone. Remember that Terrarium Wall I posted? There’s more.

That’s a Kalanchoe in there. Is there enough soil for the plant to survive? Yes! There is enough. And a little bit of charcoal at the bottom too. But be careful not to overwater.

Check out our ad in the Sunday SF Chronicle tomorrow with even more terrariums. I suspect it’s in the garden section, but then you never know with the chronicle.

Tillandsias are the easiest way to go for sure, and the airplants are very reliable too.

That’s a nice one. It has a frog! And not just any frog but a red tree frog, Litoria rubella.

In case you haven’t figured it out, we are the one stop shop for all things terrariums.

More California Canyon Plants

Here are a couple really nice desert plants from the same Tahquitz Canyon Trail in Palm Springs as the cacti below.

But they’re not cacti! Not even succulent. How do they survive?

Honey Mesquite – Prosopsis glandulosa

Chuparosa! (Justica californica) I love that name! And winter bloomers in the desert are especially welcome. It’s in the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae) along with such popular plants as Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis) and Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes). Hey – we just got some Hypoestes in for the houseplant room for winter. Nice!


Prickly Pear Fruit, Palm Springs

Two Palm Springs posts in a row? I must have recently visited that lovely desert city in the desert.

Did you know it’s in the Sonoran Desert? And it borders on Joshua Tree NP? Do you wonder if I made it into the park?

Tahquitz Canyon Trail

Palm Springs has some nice desert trails.

This is the story of one of them, the Tahquitz Canyon Trail.

Opuntia basilaris – Beavertail

Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa – Buckhorn Cholla

And another Opuntia basilaris! Beavertails for everyone!

Earth Star

Cryptanthus zonatus – I don’t know the cultivar name for this one, but it’s probably one of the many C. zonatus varieties.

These are semi-epiphytic, so you can grow them with very little soil. We’re growing this lovely little bloomer in a big terrarium.

Crested Barrel Cactus, Palm Springs

Ferocactus cylindraceus

I’ve never seen a crested Ferocactus like this before.


In case you were wondering where I found this, it was Indian Canyon, above the Murray Canyon Trail. Nice! If you are going there and want a more precise location so you can find it too, you can probably check the data associated with the photo. I don’t know if the data survives the posting, so if not you can email me for the location data.

Barrel Cactus, Joshua Tree NP

Hanging off the side of a cliff! Nestled in a rock!


Ferocactus cylindriceus, also known as F. acanthodes or California Barrel Cactus or even Miner’s Compass (because it always leans to the South.)


In case you were wondering, I also had to climb up the cliff to get that picture. No tricks were involved.

And next to it was this cute little baby cactus! Also growing in rock.


Variegated Foxtail

Yesterday I blogged the Blue Foxtail Agave.

Today we have Agave attenuata “Variegata.” Unlike yesterday’s plant, this is a new cultivar to us and as you can see they have a very distinct white edge.

We think they may not be hardy here so we have them in the Houseplant room.

Blue Foxtail

Agave attenuata “Nova”

I don’t know why I haven’t taken any pictures of this one before – it’s the really blue colored of the Agave attenuatas so everyone wants one.


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