July 2012

Misc31 Jul 2012 01:42 pm

I don’t know anything about this. The website I got the picture from doesn’t say anything about it.

My googly research didn’t find anything substantive.

So it’s off to the guesses!

It looks like it’s in a gallery, so it’s considered to be art, and not furniture. Art, which means it’s sculpture. And that means it was carved out of granite, since all sculpture is carved out of granite, with the thumbtacks applied liberally at a later date. This implies that it must be in a gallery that is near a quarry, because how else? So I did do some research after all and have determined that it is from a quarry in Indiana. Specifically, the Hardstone Quarry of Jasper, Indiana. Within a 16 mile radius there is 1 museum and 3 art galleries, 2 of which are dedicated to Australian Aboriginal Art (Strange!) while the Museum is the National Museum of Historic Zoological Specimens. That leaves us with the Heatherton Gallery of Fine Arts in Winston, IN which does have a resemblance to the room in the photo. Solved!

Photography&Plants31 Jul 2012 07:51 am

Gymnocalycium ragonesei

I blogged this last week, and now another one of these beautiful Argentine barrels has bloomed and the flower is even more pretty than the last one. (Now to be sure, it is also prettier, but not just prettier, but also more pretty.)

Now what are the odds that I’ll blog a third specimen in bloom? Pretty good considering we have one with 6 buds getting ready to open. Maybe today… Maybe tomorrow…

Photography&Plants30 Jul 2012 11:01 am

Delosperma “Fire Spinner”

Yes, it is a lowly Ice Plant from South Africa. But it is the fastest selling new Ice Plant we’ve ever had. Once it started blooming they’re flying out the door. Or gate, as it so happens, since we don’t have a door.


Plants29 Jul 2012 11:52 am

Tunilla soehrensii

On EBay it’s called a “Rare Argentina Prickly Pear”. It’s small, very spiny, and it has very interesting flowers. Look closely….

Just so you know, I put this one, the first one to bloom, out on the bloom table, and it sold within an hour. So you cannot buy this particular specimen anymore. It’s gone. But we do have more in bud, so you are in luck. And our other Tunilla species is even more flowerific.

Lucky you!

Blogs&Weekend&Whippets29 Jul 2012 10:52 am

I’m back! And now there are 4 whippets at the nursery for the next 3-4 weeks, so come on by and say hi to everyone.

That’s Benjamin and Jason, of course, and visiting from Santa Cruz is Benjamin’s sister Amica, and cousin Jaxx. Jaxx is the one facing forward.

Everyone can now do a happy dance.

Whippets27 Jul 2012 10:27 am

When 4 whippets walking down the street ran into 3 whippets walking down the street, a whippet fest 2012 occurred! Spontaneous whippeting!

2 of those are mine and 2 more are visiting starting today for the next month or so.

Blogs25 Jul 2012 09:33 am

It’s my summer blog break. 2, maybe 3 days.


Photography&Plants24 Jul 2012 07:50 am

Eriosyce islayensis is from Nazca, Peru. Hard to find in the wild since these dark spiny barrels disappear into the gravel beds. Until it has fruit! The bright pink fruit are easy to spot from even a few yards away. But once the fruit are ripe, the seeds are wind blown and then there’s just the cactus left again until next year.

In Peru they are generally watered primarily by the fog. These have to be kept very dry, so that means they are an indoor plant – yes, even in San Francisco.

While very spiny, they are quite variable in the wild. The yellow flowers are a give-away.

Photography&Plants23 Jul 2012 07:18 am

Gymnocalycium ragonesei are from Northern Argentina. Generally they are barely visible above the ground if you can find them in the high altitude wilds of Argentina. That’s why we pot them up above the soil level – so you can see them! This we do for you.

San Francisco22 Jul 2012 07:16 am

I see the Succulent Terrariums we made for our friends’ wedding at the de Young Museum came out nicely. Everyone was taking photos of the happy couple – so many cell phone cameras! – but I focused on the Succulent Terrariums. For you. Always for you!

Carnivorous Plants21 Jul 2012 06:48 am

The Sarracenia rubra are looking particularly fresh today. Some might say they’re chatting with each other. Yacking away through the summertime.

Another picture after the break… (more…)

Questions20 Jul 2012 11:22 am


I saw you have great reviews and excellent knowledge of cactus’ through Yelp and I’m hoping you can help me out. Attached you will find pictures of a cactus tree we have in our backyard. We are trying to figure out what type of cactus this is, can you help out? Thank you for your time in reading this, have a nice day.

Thank you,

American International Metals

The picture is small, but the plant is not a cactus at all but rather a Euphorbia, probably Euphorbia ammak, which is also known as an African Candelabra.

Plants20 Jul 2012 10:25 am

This is really the nicest looking crop of Agave bracteosa we’ve ever grown. You’re all so lucky. Enjoy!

Whippets20 Jul 2012 09:20 am

Good Whippet

Bad Whippet

(We’ll see if a public shaming works for Jason.)

Photography19 Jul 2012 12:05 pm


Hoya compacta

Misc18 Jul 2012 12:02 pm

Carole sends along a link to this thing that has power and cactus and outlets and fun!

I love the description, too

Power Cactus, the Best Multi Plug-In Device

Italian brand Manifattura&Design proves creativity has no limits! The original power device is both aesthetic and functional because it adds some “atmospheric” lighting to your room. Wouldn’t you like to have an ‘electric cactus’ in a flower pot instead of a white, common, plastic multiple plug-in?  In fact, Power Cactus can complete the statement of a house or improve a room’s decoration and give the feeling one is looking for. The designer said that it functions as in a perfect embrace, the light winds its thread around the Cactus to find the power in the trunk of the tree. (Italics added)

I love a copywriter who would say that “Creativity has no limits!” with an exclamation at the end! The awesome power of the copywriter.

Misc18 Jul 2012 09:12 am

Dan needed an emergency mixed succulent pot in bloom delivered to his wife in Berkeley, and Rikki really came through for him.

Thank you so much for helping me out today with my special request. Beautiful work!

Photography&Plants18 Jul 2012 07:11 am

Echeveria “Grey Red” (or “Gray Red” depending on which-side-of-the-pond’s spelling you prefer) is our newest Echeveria hybrid. This one clearly has a E. elegans parentage. So it’s one of the snowballs. And so!

Photography17 Jul 2012 03:33 pm


I love these orange flowers of this Opuntia tuna-blanca, so I’m blogging a new photo even though I blogged the same plant (different flower) only a month ago.

Blogs17 Jul 2012 12:05 pm

Very fashionable. I especially like the small fish swimming in front.

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