Puya Raimundii at UC Botanical Garden is starting to list, indicating the end is near. The Chronicle/Sam Whiting
The Puya Raimondii that bloomed mysteriously last summer after a 24-year wait at the UC Botanical Garden, is showing signs of fatigue six months later… The blooms that came up last summer were tiny and white on a bud that was 15 feet high.
It was a spectacular show while it lasted. Buh Bye!
Derby St, Berkeley
These have amazing flowers 💐 and giant trunks and amazing thick spines. Nice! And they grow them in Berkeley right along the streets.
They are in the former Bombax family, with other succulent bottle trees, which is now the Bombax subfamily (Bombacoideae) of the mallow family, Malvaceae. Wow! That means it’s a giant tree that is closely related to these delicate and gorgeous California Native perennials. Sweet.
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.
We don’t know anyone for those, but maybe you do our there in blog-landia. Let us know if you do!
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?
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.