February 2012

Nursery29 Feb 2012 02:55 pm

Keith sent along this photo of a bird on Hap’s shoulder. I’m not at the store today so I don’t know what it means. Maybe Keith will explain it in comments.


Questions29 Feb 2012 12:50 pm

Quick questions go by quickly, so slow down, read carefully, and don’t skip over any part of this at all or this quick question will go by quickly.


Could you help me identify this aeonium?


It looks like it’s A. canariense, but there are a few types that look very similar.

Do you think you could do better?

Photography29 Feb 2012 09:45 am

It must be Spring! Rain!

Mammillaria compacticaulis

Such a tiny cactus usually will be multi-stemmed, but this small mammillaria is generally solitary. And yet it stays under 6″. While the flower colors are variable, we’ve had crops for 2 years in a row with the same flower color.

While these will bloom through the summer, we find that they throw out a few early flowers, sometimes even more than a few, when we have an early spring. And I do mean early.

Oh, and if you click the picture you’ll see the whole plant. All 2 bloody inches of the thing. Click away!

Blogs&Polls29 Feb 2012 07:49 am

CactGuy from Dallas has sent along a link to his tumblr blog and asked that I blogroll him. Well, that’s a privilege that many seek, but few receive.


No really, I recommend you start with CactGuy’s Haworthia post here.

And then before I add this to the blogroll, a poll! Shall I add this to the blogroll? Yes or No? Please visit his blog first and then state your reasons for why this new tumblr blog should be added to my blogroll in the comments.

Misc28 Feb 2012 03:42 pm

A touch of the spring flowers on one of the succulent wreaths.

Kalanchoe delagoensis

Photography&Questions28 Feb 2012 01:58 pm

I’m sorry to be a bother but it seems after I bought an aloe ferox (in a 3 inch pot) from you two weeks ago, I’ve neglected to ask when it should be repotted and into what size of a pot? I can’t find a definitive answer anywhere. Thank you for you attention!

Most of our plants are good in the pot they cam in for about a year. With Aloes when the rosette is covering the top of the pot and making it hard to water it is time to repot. Of course it will grow faster in a larger pot, but it is easy to over water if you go too large, so it is better to keep the scale of the pot to the plant.

Take care,

And in case you were wondering, we have a beautiful crop of 1ga. Aloe ferox out now.

By the way, did you know that in the nursery trade gallon pots are not abbreviated 1ga. like normal people would do it, but #1, and #5 and so on. But I refuse to give in to the forces of evil and will continue my habit of abbreviating things normally. I’ll give out more secrets of the trade if you ask me.

California Native Plants&Photography28 Feb 2012 12:03 pm

I blogged this plant last week, but it was a cell phone photo. So here’s a portrait for you.

Oenothera caespitosa

They bloom through the night and are fading by morning. You can see this one was fading when I took the picture, but still pretty spectacular for a primrose. A California Native primrose, no less, ratty thing.

Berkeley Succulents27 Feb 2012 01:37 pm


Pardee Street
Aeonium arboreum in a nice metal planter. The vignette blur effect was achieved with my cell phone photo editing software, a free add-on from photoshop so you know it’s good.

Too bad the great early spring is over and some winter weather has come back, though we do need the rain, but fortunately I took this photo last week when the weather we still nice. Nice run-on sentence!

Science27 Feb 2012 11:26 am

Oh No! Next come the Dinosaurs! We’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t have a happy ending.

The oldest plant ever to be regenerated has been grown from 32,000-year-old seeds—beating the previous recordholder by some 30,000 years.

A Russian team discovered a seed cache of Silene stenophylla, a flowering plant native to Siberia, that had been buried by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of the Kolyma River (map). Radiocarbon dating confirmed that the seeds were 32,000 years old.


(ht Rikki)

California Native Plants&Nursery26 Feb 2012 12:10 pm

Also out in force are the California Native Ceanothus which are also out in full bloom.

California Native Plants&Nursery26 Feb 2012 07:10 am

It looks like there’s been a break in the early spring weather as the temps are dipping down below 40F.

Maybe we’ll get some much needed rain too.

In the meantime, we’ve had such nice weather that the nursery is all ready for spring early. More plants are out than you can imagine. Like these California natives.

Nursery25 Feb 2012 01:01 pm

The spurges are looking good for our crazy early spring this year.

Nursery25 Feb 2012 11:55 am

Our first spring organic veggie starts are out at the nursery. That seems crazy. It’s only February! But there you go.

Nursery25 Feb 2012 10:55 am

Lots of fresh green tall bamboos at the nursery on such a hot and sunny early spring day.

Berkeley Gardens25 Feb 2012 08:28 am


The garden’s owner was cropped out of the picture because he/she asked me to.

News24 Feb 2012 03:02 pm

At Nandi Hills, the large cacti have graffiti written on them…

An official of the horticultural department says that visitors are requested to not harm plants or uproot them, but young people in groups often cause damage to the plants.

Whippets24 Feb 2012 10:43 am

When Jason went to visit Jezebel and Poutine (Not pictured).

News24 Feb 2012 08:51 am

Here’s a cactus puppet called Kishkashta.


And now here’s another, more recent cactus figure.

Apparently there’s a controversy about these two friendly cactus characters.

News24 Feb 2012 08:48 am

From Yahoo


Plants24 Feb 2012 06:48 am

Bareroot Sempervivum tectorum greenii.

Nice roots, looks good, pot ‘em up! Ship ‘em out! Next!

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