Berkeley Gardens

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents&Cactus17 Jul 2014 08:49 am


Opuntia linguiformis

Just off San Pablo Ave in Berkeley

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus10 Jul 2014 01:00 pm


Cylindropuntia prolifera

Berkeley cactus garden.

Bamboo&Berkeley Gardens07 Jul 2014 04:28 pm

Available in Berkeley!

My husband built two handsome and modern bamboo planters to stage our yard when we put our Berkeley home on the market. They do not work in our new yard so we are selling them and wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in buying them? The pots have never been used, other than for staging, and are:

  • Handcrafted from Redwood that was sealed for exterior usage.
  • Built with weather resistant, galvanized metal
  • Designed for self-watering
  • Lined with Pond Liner
  • Built for bamboo but can also be used to plant vegetables, flowers or other plants
  • Larger pot is: 115″ x 31 1/2″; 31 1/2 ” high
  • Smaller pot is: 62″ x 31 1/2

Please see a photo attached.

bamboo planter

Thank you!


We don’t know anyone for those, but maybe you do our there in blog-landia. Let us know if you do!

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents&Cactus03 Jul 2014 08:28 am


4th Street, Berkeley

Aloe nobilis blooms and a Nopalea cochenilifera too!

This is actually in our front bed at the store. Nice!

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus21 Jun 2014 08:06 am


San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Flowering cholla among the bamboo.

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents13 Jun 2014 08:30 am


Page Street, Berkeley

Cotyledon orbiculata in full bloom. Now that’s a nicely shaped shrubby and chalky succulent, just like your mother used to make.

And in case you don’t also follow me on instagram, here’s the instagrammed and filtered version that appeared there.


Which do you like better?

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents24 May 2014 01:24 pm


Kniphofia on Cedar St., Berkeley

Berkeley Gardens21 May 2014 11:49 am


Iris hexagona. Being a water plant we don’t carry it at our drought-tolerant cactus and succulents nursery. Yet. But maybe someday.

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus22 Feb 2014 12:34 pm

opuntia stannage ave

Stannage Ave., Berkeley

This cactus is a Opuntia. Probably an Opuntia tuna-blanca which will get large orange flowers and large red edible cactus fruit. Tunas for everyone! Delicious.

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents20 Feb 2014 11:32 am

agave and penstemon stannage ave

Stannage Ave., Berkeley

A nice garden with Agave attenuata and a red-flowering Penstemon. Nice mounds.

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents18 Feb 2014 03:30 pm

Just kidding! The Bay Area stops at the Berkeley border for my Berkeley Succulent posts.

crassula stannage ave

Stannage Ave., Berkeley

Crassula tetragona is the Pine Tree Succulent. And here we have a nice grove of them with a ground cover of oxalis.

Berkeley Gardens10 Feb 2014 11:07 am

ut gnome page street

I found this gnome from Texas on Page Street in Berkeley. Why is there a UTexas garden gnome in our neighborhood? I do not ask questions, I only take the pictures. Where’s my UMich gnome????

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents08 Feb 2014 12:05 pm

aeonium kains ave

Kains Ave., Berkeley

I see a large-headed Aeonium “Sunburst” in front of a whole mound of Aeonium heads. Lots of Crassula, some Agave, and a Lemon Tree. Delicious! Too bad its all hiding behind a well-stacked rock wall.

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents06 Feb 2014 03:04 pm

cotyledon and aeoniums kains ave

Kains Ave., Berkeley

That’s a Cotyledon to the left, a Crassula in the front, and numerous dark Aeoniums to boot. Nice garden!

Berkeley Gardens04 Feb 2014 03:02 pm

cycad camelia street

Camelia Street, Berkeley

This lovely and giant and very old and large Cycad is the ever popular Sago Palm. Not a palm, did I mention its a Cycad? Cycas revoluta. But you knew that already, didn’t you.

Berkeley Gardens03 Feb 2014 03:00 pm

spurge and artemisia camelia street

Camelia Street, Berkeley

Spurge, probably Euphorbia characias, and Artemesia. Sulphur yellow blooms? Check.

Berkeley Gardens01 Feb 2014 01:01 pm

Annes Rooster

Anne’s rooster is a Silkie x Ameraucana rooster. Nice!

Berkeley Gardens&Plants29 Jan 2014 06:18 am

We seem to be on a blooming perennials and shrubs kick this week. Must be the weather.

Achillea Lavender Beauty

Achillea “Lavender Beauty”
Lavender Yarrow

German Hybrid; Native to Eurasia and North America
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: Shrub to 3 feet

Lavender colored flowers. Attracts butterflies. Remove spent flowers for a late fall rebloom. Cut flowers last a long time, look great dried. Hardy to below 0°F.

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus&News&Plants07 Jan 2014 10:43 am

The Desert Sun has a suggestion of what to do with all your spare cactus. Make a fence! They have good ideas for using some of the taller prickly pear species, or if you prefer the more modern look they recommend a few different column cactus that will work for fences. Like the Fencepost Cactus, of course.

One first-hand account from mission days explained the cactus fence solved the problem of little suitable timber in coastal Southern California. The cactus fence was devised as a substitute. They were started by cutting paddles from well established cactus that reach the height desired. They’re inserted into the ground in a tightly spaced row where they root and grow quickly if watered. Prickly pear fences were not only perfect for containing livestock; they effectively protected the homestead from hostiles. No living thing on this Earth will penetrate a dense prickly pear hedge.

The cleanest living fences are made of fence post cactus, Pachycereus marginatus. These minimally spined upright cactus stems are ramrod straight, making the most amazing green walls. The best example I’ve ever seen was at the ethnobotanical garden in Oaxaca, Mexico where the fences are crisp and straight.

We use a giant cholla for fencing, both at the nursery and at home. Austrocylindropuntia subulata makes for a very good fence. Very spiny. Fast growing. Dangerous to try to breach. And pretty magenta flowers too. What more could you want?


Berkeley Gardens31 Dec 2013 09:05 am


10th Street in Berkeley

I don’t know the species, but this looked like a Grevillea to me until I looked more closely at the blooms and the flower structure is all wrong not just for a Grevillea but for any Proteaceae. Nice blooms all around. Any ideas?

Grevillea was named for George Grevillea. Actually it was named for Charles Greville, a founder of the British Royal Horticultural Society, even though the genus is from Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, and Sulawesi.

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