September 2010

Misc23 Sep 2010 04:44 pm

Misc23 Sep 2010 03:07 pm

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National Parks23 Sep 2010 08:31 am

We walked around the park with my parents in town visiting. Crissy Field, Civil War houses, Goldsworthy Spire.

And Yoda, as recommended by Far Out Flora.

I didn’t get a very good shot of the fountain with my phone, so I made it “artistic” in photoshop instead.

An “artisitic” shot of the Spire after the break. (more…)

Carnivorous Plants&How-to23 Sep 2010 06:55 am

We were not having a lot of success with our pitcher plants this year so Hap tested the water. In the past, EBMUD’s water was nicely neutral, but this year it has become a lot more alkaline so we’ve had to start correcting the water.

Everyone recommends distilled water for carnivorous plants, and we agree.

But we’re using a teaspoon of vinegar in a gallon of regular water at the nursery since it’s cheaper. And at home we’re using our refrigerated drinking water – we put lemon slices in the water and that works too!

Nepenthes alata growing a new baby pitcher, finally. It’s only about an inch right now, but it will eventually get to 12″.

Questions22 Sep 2010 09:04 am

Hi there cactus jungle…..
I have a pot of three bromeliads, that the flowers bloomed and now have dried up.
Otherwise, green plant is healthy and full.
I don’t know what to do next.
I keep adding water.
So need to know…
do I take out the dried flower? when to fertilize? ok to be outside (bayside) during winter or keep indoors?
Any help you can provide I would appreciate it.
Many thanks.
Alma-Lynn Kamps


If you can send us a photo, we might be able to identify the plants, and then we could give you more info.

In the meantime, cut off the dead bloom stalks. Indoors we water most bromeliads once per week. We recommend fertilizing every month – we sell a bromeliad fertilizer for just such a case.

As for inside or outside, that depends on the species, so I recommend keeping unnamed bromeliads indoor in the winter. Or, on the other hand, you can experiment with them in your garden and see how they do.


Misc22 Sep 2010 07:16 am

Yesterday was my day off, but I see from this photo Ian sent along that he potted up a terrarium with some very nice gravel pathways leading to, wait – is that a tiny gravestone? And another?

Oh no! Ian’s planted a graveyard in a glass bowl!

Questions21 Sep 2010 03:14 pm

Quick answers to quick questions.

This plant grows in my neighborhood. I have never seen it elsewhere or for sale.

Thanks, Rosa


That is a Dasylirion longissimum, and we do have them in stock in 5ga. and 15ga. pots.


Photography21 Sep 2010 07:10 am

Myrtillocactus geometrizans

We’ve got some nice sized specimens that are covered in berries, and still more blooms too. The berries aren’t as photogenic as the flowers, but there are 3 berries in this photo. They taste like blueberries.

Photography20 Sep 2010 11:42 am


Ferocactus tiburonensis goes crazy with late summer blooms.

Questions20 Sep 2010 10:28 am

Hello – I have recently discovered your fantastic nursery and have visited several times.  I have always enjoyed my visits and my purchases and intend to visit again.  You and the staff have always been very pleasant, helpful and very knowledgeable.  I have a question…since I am a novice at growing cacti and succulents, I am interested in finding some books that are accurate in their information and have pictures of the plants and their flowers.  Do you recommend a specific book?  Is there a book you find particularly educational?

Thanks for your time…



For a general guide to cactus and succulents, we recommend:

Designing with Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin and The Garden Succulents Primer by Gideon Smith and Ben-erik Van Wyk, both of which we carry. If you can find it, The Complete Guide to Growing Cacti and Succulents by Miles Anderson is great, but out of print.


News20 Sep 2010 08:21 am

A recommendation to plant this amazing scrabbling cactus in Ft. Myers Florida, from the Ft. Myers News-Press, Selenicereus grandiflorus.

It’s a cactus, all right, but parched desert is not required. In fact, this nocturnal beauty is entirely at home in the subtropics. A robust climber, cereus will happily vine its way up trees (sabal palms work particularly well) or spill from hanging pots. Once or twice a year, it blooms. Each starry flower lasts just one night, and is followed by an edible, egg-shaped crimson fruit. When they’re open, the blossoms have a sweet, floral/vanilla scent. The green ribbed stem is segmented and sometimes covered with white fur. Near the blossom, the stem takes on a reddish color.

Very pretty.

Misc20 Sep 2010 07:22 am

Helianthemum nummularium “Wisley Pink”

These are a spring bloomer, but we didn’t have them in the spring. We had “Mesa Wine” through the bloom season, and then we got these pink ones in and no more blooms. Until today. We have a late bloomer!

The Sun Roses have replaced the related Rock Roses as the most popular of the Cistaceae family for us. I think people like the groundcover foliage of the Sun Roses better than shrubby open form of the Rock Roses.

Berkeley Succulents19 Sep 2010 09:07 am

Or Queen Victoria’s Agave, depending on who you ask.

Pardee Street, Berkeley
Agave victoria-reginae and some Aloe arborescens too.

Misc18 Sep 2010 10:32 am

Penstemon “Firebird”


Photography18 Sep 2010 08:56 am

Fenestraria aurantiaca, moist from being recently watered. Don’t overwater, please. Don’t take this photo as permission to overwater.

Usually these have white flowers, but our crop this year has mixed white and yellow flowers. This is good. However, we thought we had enough to last through the winter indoor gardening season, but they’re selling out pretty quickly around here. We were out for about a year, until this crop was ready, and it may be another year before we have more when this round is gone. Gone!

News17 Sep 2010 02:25 pm

Turns out it includes steel planters and succulents. My favorite combination! Either that or a combination of vodka and, well, no need for anything else really, just the vodka will do. Anyway, here’s the garden in question.

Everything changed for designer Dustin Gimbel when his client Linda Sackin in Huntington Harbor spotted the sleek metal planters that Gimbel installed her in son’s landscape.

Before, Gimbel had lovingly designed and cared for a formal garden in Sackin’s Victorian-esque home. “It was all black slate, cottage flowers and boxwoods,” said Gimbel of the symmetrical garden he tended for two years.

Lots more modern planters and succulent photos if you click through. Look for the Squid Agaves!

Photography17 Sep 2010 11:17 am

This must be called the Butterfly Agave because of the shape of the leaves, not because the blooms attract butterflies, since as you can see by this comma-infested sentence, and the picture below, there are bees swarming the blooms on this plant.

There are lots of Agaves in bloom in Berkeley these days (Like this one).

This Agave potatorum is only about 2 feet across and 10 years old, but this is the end for this beautiful specimen. The bloom stalk is about 12ft. tall. You can see how much energy it would take for this giant stalk to come out of this rosette:

And the flowers are kind of nice too. At least the bees think so.

News17 Sep 2010 10:22 am

This weekend.

The Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society’s show and sale continues Saturday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. You can choose from thousands of succulents that usually aren’t sold in this area. It’s 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth.

Do you think anyone reads these notices I post and didn’t already know about these things and goes?

Whippets17 Sep 2010 08:12 am

Misc16 Sep 2010 08:19 pm

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