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.
We seem to be on a blooming perennials and shrubs kick this week. Must be the weather.
Achillea “Lavender Beauty”
German Hybrid; Native to Eurasia and North America
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.
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?
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.