Berkeley Gardens

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.

Berkeley Gardens15 Dec 2013 08:57 am


Not Christmas Cactus, but Christmas lights on cactus. In Berkeley!


And on the agaves too.

Berkeley Gardens19 Nov 2013 03:30 pm

A new bird comes to Berkeley, and the birders rejoice.

This weekend, hundreds of bird enthusiasts flocked to a quiet southside Berkeley neighborhood to catch a glimpse of a beautiful North American breeding bird that has never before been sighted in Alameda County. The colorful Painted Redstart was still in the Elmwood neighborhood this morning…

“It has a distinctive call that sounds like ‘too weet’ with the emphasis on the ‘weet,’” (Lory) said.

We’ll post anything here at Berkeley’s own Cactus Blog.

Berkeley Gardens26 Oct 2013 12:11 pm

Yucca blooms in Berkeley can be hard to capture since they’re so high up. These were probably 15 feet high.


Yucca elephantipes.

Berkeley Gardens01 Jul 2013 04:38 pm

Delosperma Bee


Berkeley Gardens&California Native Plants29 Jun 2013 07:53 am


Cylindropuntia prolifera in bud.


And a fancy photo of the rose-like bloom against a b/w background of cholla stems. (edited in Aviary).

Berkeley Gardens21 Jun 2013 09:44 am



Keith lays the groundwork. I see landscape fabric and piping. Nice start!

It looks like Keith has picked up a pipe and is tooting his own horn.

Berkeley Gardens16 May 2013 12:35 pm


A new luscious Opuntia pad coming soon to a Berkeley cactus garden near you. Plus! Nice Yucca elephantipes behind.

Berkeley Gardens&California Native Plants26 Apr 2013 08:52 am


Achillea “Red Velvet”

North America; Cultivated variety
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: Low, blooms to 3 feet

Green gray foliage. Flowers summer thru fall. Often used for cut or dried flowers. Attracts butterflies and birds. Hardy to below 0F.


Achillea “Moonshine”

Cultivated variety, including a California Native species
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: Fern-like foliage to 36″

Yellow bloom sprays in Spring through Summer that fade as they age. Often used for cut or dried flowers. Attracts butterflies and birds. Hardy to below 0F.

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