February 2010

Nursery27 Feb 2010 12:32 pm

We’re going big into birdfeeders and birdhouses this year. Here’s our new bird tree display.


Misc27 Feb 2010 11:58 am

We’re waiting for the rain to start. And for the tsunami to hit. Makes for an interesting day.

Misc27 Feb 2010 11:40 am

These are tiny little euphorbia blooms, and I didn’t see the aphids until I was working on the photos, and there they are! Click the photo to see the larger, more aphid-y version.


Euphorbia characias blooms and aphids.

Be assured, those aphids are already gone, long before this photo makes it onto the blog.

Recipes27 Feb 2010 07:54 am

It’s a cactus salad recipe on What’s Cooking, a site that mixes recipes and photography. Here’s a photograph I’ve borrowed.



Cactus Salad
The ingredients:
* 2 cups cleaned and cubed nopalitos
* 1 jicama, julienned
* 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into chunks
* 1 small tomato, cubed
* 1/2 red onion, chopped
* 1 red tuna fruit
* 1 green tuna fruit
* 2 TBSP cilantro, chopped
* the juice of 1 lemon
* salt to taste

You’ll have to click through for the instructions and the rest of the photos.

California Native Plants26 Feb 2010 12:43 pm

I see more of the coreopsis flowers have opened. I took the photo this morning before the storm started. And the storm has started.

Coreopsis gigantea, California native from the Channel Islands.


Whippets26 Feb 2010 09:04 am

Bundled up for the coming storm.


Reader Photos26 Feb 2010 07:28 am


Photo: Lepismium cruciforme in a potted design by R.C. Cohen of Newport Beach. Credit: Debra Lee Baldwin

Barfalicious sent us a link to this photo on the LATimes blogs, and it’s from an article by Debra Lee Baldwin, our favorite succulent container gardening author!

Misc25 Feb 2010 03:53 pm

We’ve got 2 employees out sick with the flu. Oy.

We got a new shipment in of solar glass from Allsop. Nice!

How can a glass topped garden stake be solar, you ask? Come back after dark and I’ll show you…


Reader Photos25 Feb 2010 07:19 am

A photo from Charlotte of her crested Euphorbia lactea that has lost leaves.


I see it still has 2 additional leaves. Yay! And updating the post below, she has drilled a hole in the bottom of the pot so that the plant is no longer sitting in soggy soil. Also a Yay!

Questions24 Feb 2010 09:22 am

I hope you can help. I was given a Euphorbia Lactea Crested that has been grafted, for Valentine Day.

It was a stone container with no drainage holes, and I notice it was wet. I didn’t water until I though the soil was dry.

Then I start notice that the grafted part, the leaves were turning yellow and falling off. Help

First time owner

Losing the leaves on the rootstock plant is not a big deal with these crests. They’re nice to have, but not necessary. However, a pot with drainage is necessary. I recommend watering very little until spring starts, whenever that may be for you, and then repotting into a pot with drainage, using a fast-draining cactus and succulent mix.
Enjoy, and send us a picture!

Photography24 Feb 2010 07:57 am

An older photo for a rainy day. This shot of Yucca elata blooms was taken in my front yard 6 years ago, on a sunnier day.

The plant outgrew it’s space, so we dug it up and divided it, and then it all sold. Our beautiful parent plant had taken up too much space, and was sent off to the potted backyards of the Bay Area.


Yucca elata

Blogs24 Feb 2010 06:28 am

My twitter friend @kotemaro grows succulents in Hokkaido, and has some new seedlings growing on his website. No english, but lots of succulent pictures.

This is the caption below the photo of the seedlings:

ちょっとー何これ♪ 可愛いんですけどー!

So go check out the picture, and see if you can figure out what it is. Then come back here and let me know what you’ve come up with.

Misc23 Feb 2010 02:36 pm

Its the Yucca gloriosa out my front window on an overcast day.


Questions23 Feb 2010 12:37 pm

Q. I have a cold, dry apartment — 65 degrees when I’m there and awake in the winter, 55 otherwise. A few hours of sun a day. Jade plants, pencil cactus, Christmas cactus and such do well. I’d like to get some plants with more colorful foliage. Also, something that’s more vertical than most succulents — like the big thorny euphorbiaceous I used to see at the flower show, perhaps? Can I get something small locally and have it grow? Ed, Arlington.

A. Most houseplants require indoor temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees. Succulent plants, such as your pencil cactus and jade plant, will tolerate cooler conditions. Below, I recommend some succulent and tropical plants with colorful foliage and vertical statures that you can purchase locally and grow indoors….

read on…

Did I ever tell you that I went to college in Mass.? No? Well that’s good because I went to college in Michigan. I grew up in Massachusetts.

News23 Feb 2010 11:25 am

That’s not good.


Reader Photos23 Feb 2010 09:20 am

…when JUN / LDK came and took pictures at the nursery, and posted them on flickr. I see there are also lots of pictures of food taken in Japan and Thailand mixed in with pictures from along the California Coast.

Those food pictures are making me hungry, especially the Black Tea and Apple Roll Cake in Tokyo.

Questions23 Feb 2010 07:16 am

Hi Peter
I bought the $125.00 bonzai succulent from u this morning!!!


This is my succulent I purchased from Target nursuery!!! Do u know what it is?


What you have, is an Adenium obesum, a caudex-forming succulent from Northern Africa. It likes a lot of sunlight, but needs to be inside in the winter in the Bay Area, so a South or West facing window is best.

Water every 2 weeks, fertilize in spring, and you should should get some very impressive flowers. The flower color will be a surprise since they are hybridized for a whole range of colors.

Misc22 Feb 2010 02:01 pm

The sea squill is blooming. The sea squill is blooming!

Hah, just kidding.

Urginea maritima


Nursery22 Feb 2010 01:40 pm

Yay! The new signage is here!


That’s Hap. Good thing he finished the new bamboo rows and sign last week, because this week he has the flu.

Questions22 Feb 2010 11:03 am

I was just in Cabo San Lucas and saw these palms? everywhere, what are they and can they be grown here in the bay area?




Sorry it took me so long to get back to you, I have to admit, I sort of had a “blonde moment” and just couldn’t put a name to your plant for a bit… but it finally came to me and I sort of blurted it out at dinner last night… plant nerd alert.

It looks like it is a Ravenala madagascariensis or “Travelers Palm”, which is not a palm but is in the Streliziaceae family (Bird of paradise family). It is not really hardy enough to grow here… but if you have a protected spot you might be able to pull it off up against the house or in a courtyard. It can also be grown as house plant, but you sort of need a big space. I have seen it’s relative Strelitzia nicolai “Giant Bird of Paradise” which looks similar growing in Berkeley and SF.

Take care,


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