Photography


Berkeley Succulents&Photography22 Jul 2014 03:56 pm

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I see we’re growing some very colorful Echeveria Hybrids this time of year.

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While it’s true they are very colorful, they’re not really this colorful. There may have been some filtering going on with these photos too.

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But so nice…

Photography&Plants14 Jul 2014 05:54 am

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I see the Jewel Orchids are in spectacular little white blooms!

Haemaria discolor – Jewel Orchid

Terrestrial orchid, small white flowers, dark striped leaves and shade-tolerant!

I think they look like they’re made out of sugar. I’ll bet they’re too sweet to eat. Though you might want to try…

Let me know how it goes when you eat one. Send photos.
  

Photography10 Jul 2014 10:28 am

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Echeveria “Rosy Ghost”
 
Hybrid
 
We found this growing in a flat of E. subsessilis, and believe it is a new hybrid. Should grow to 6″ rosettes. Rosy edges in full sun, bluish-white leaves.
 
Hardy to 25F? 
  
Full Sun
 
Cactus Soil
 
Low Water

Photography&Plants03 Jul 2014 11:25 am

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Buddleia davidii “Buzz Sky Blue”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
 
Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 2 to 3ft.

Beautiful compact plant only 24″ tall in container. Stunning purplish-blue inflorescence. Great for patios and smaller gardens. Hardy to below 0F.

Photography&Plants17 Jun 2014 08:24 am

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Agave schidigera “Black Widow”

Stemless rosettes to 24″ w/hairy leaf margins

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants31 May 2014 10:00 am

senecio_jacobsenii

Senecio jacobsenii is unusual. Such colors not seen since the 60s.

East Africa

Unusual pastel colored leaves in full sun. Low growing, good for hanging naskets or to trail over a mixed succulent pot. Will root along the ground as it trails.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants27 May 2014 09:38 am

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Sedum rubrotinctum “Aurora” – Pink Stonecrop – is the hottest new variety. Very spectacular and colorful and popular.

Mexico

Green jelly-bean leaves turn bright red in sun. Great for rock gardens and hanging baskets. Pale yellow star-shaped flowers.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low to Moderate Water
Cactus&Photography26 May 2014 10:38 am

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It’s a Monday holiday miracle! The largest, most colorful Epi bloom I have ever captured on digital film.

Epiphyllums are often called Orchid Cactus, and sometimes called Night Blooming Cereus, but that last one would be wrong. Although some epi’s are night bloomers, most are not and none of the Epiphyllums are Cereuses. Cereus are Cereuses. And some true night blooming Cereus are almost as spectacular as this day blooming Epiphyllum. But then you’d have to wake up in the middle of the night for those, but not for these.

Cactus&Photography&Plants25 May 2014 09:20 am

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Opuntia basilaris v. caudata – Beavertail Cactus – amazing and beautiful.

Compact variety. Smaller pads than the species, often heart-shaped. Will stay as low as 1 foot tall, but will spread 4 feet wide.

  • Hardy to 0F if very dry
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Cactus&Photography&Plants24 May 2014 09:18 am

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Prickly Pear season starts with Opuntia “Baby Rita”, a santa-rita hybrid with small and spiny pads.

Small pads, will grow 3 feet tall. Very spiny pads turn purple in winter.

  • Hardy to 15F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography19 May 2014 08:31 am

The blue varieties of the popular succulents are popular with the kids these days. Blue agaves are also popular with the oldsters these days. But here we have blue Echeverias. For you!

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Echeveria “Blue Cloud” – moderately blue, some pink.

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Echeveria “Blue Bird” - So blue….

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Echeveria “Giant Blue Curls” – not so blue…

California Native Plants&Photography&Plants18 May 2014 08:58 am

The Dudleyas are always a crowd-pleaser, what with the small chalky leaves and green leaves and long bloom spikes with pale small flowers too.

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Dudleya anomala is our newest member of the California native Sea-Lettuce family. I wonder how it got a strange name like that? This one is pretty reliably green and doesn’t get too red in sun. Where in California is it from? Why its from Baja California.

Tight clusters of green rosettes with slightly red tips in full sun. White flowers on long bloom stalks.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Dudleya brittonii is the classic Giant Chalk Dudleya, also from Baja California.

18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Finally we have the very red Dudleya farinosa – Sea Lettuce, our own Northern California coastal succulent.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Carnivorous Plants&Photography17 May 2014 08:15 am

We have 2 new Sundews at the nursery. The classic Forked Sundew and a new White Sundew. Nice!

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Drosera binata – Forked Sundew

Native to Australia and New Zealand
Deciduous Carnivore (Evergreen if Grown Indoors)

Sun: Partial to Full Sun
Water: Daily, Distilled Water Best
Size: Draping, 12- 18″ leaves

Dew covered multi-forked leaves turning bright red in the sun. Sticky dew captures insects. It forms a large insect-catching bush. Best grown in 50/50 peat moss and sand. Also grows well in standing water. Hardy to 25F.

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Drosera capensis “Alba” – White Sundew

Native to South Africa
Perennial Carnivore

Sun: Partial to Full Sun
Water: Bog
Size: Low-growing, 6″ across

White leaves are covered with sticky hairs, will move like tentacles to capture and digest insects. Thrives in hot and humid conditions, but can be grown outside.

Photography&Plants16 May 2014 08:09 am

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Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa

East Africa

Caudex develops “pimples,” or fissures, as it ages. In the Cucurbitaceae family, forms wild-growing vines with large lobed green leaves and large yellow-green squash-blossom flowers.

  • Hardy to 35F, Prefers to be warm in winter.
  • Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants14 May 2014 08:48 am

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Bombax ellipticum (Pseudobombax ellipticum)

Mexico

Deciduous tree with succulent stems and large green/brown caudex, can form a tree over 10ft. tall. Large green leaves are smaller and red in full sun.

  • Hardy to 25F if dry
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

And here’s another bloom picture. This is actually a different flower than the one above, though they were both open at the same time.

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Photography&Plants13 May 2014 08:42 am

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Billbergia “Hallelujah” – Queen’s Tears

Terrestrial bromeliad to 1 to 2 feet tall with very strongly variegated/spotted leaves. Glossy foliage, upright form, multicolored blooms. Grows quickly if not too wet.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Part Shade
  • Orchid/Jungle Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants12 May 2014 07:36 am

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Billbergia elegans – a very elegant bromeliad with gorgeous flowers.

Brazil

Terrestrial bromeliad to 1 to 2 feet tall with subtle variegated pastel-colored leaves. Upright form. Multicolored blooms. Sharp edges with marginal teeth.

  • Hardy to 35F
  • Part Shade
  • Orchid/Jungle Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants11 May 2014 08:28 am

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Aloe ciliaris “Firewall” is a really good choice for planting as a firewall on the dry California hillsides that are subject to the fires, like right here in Berkeley and in the Oakland hills.

Vertical stems to 3 feet tall, spreads wide. Orange flowers in late winter. “This plant can be used effectively on slopes, and provides a great barrier against fires when planted in wide enough swaths because of the tremendous amount of moisture stored in its leaves.”

  • Hardy to 22F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants10 May 2014 08:19 am

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Aloe “Delta Lights” is the newest of the small collector Spotted Aloes that we are offering. They are hardy outside, but look like they want to be sitting on your windowsill at home anyway.

Strongly spotted variegated leaves are green in shade and white in full sun, can get a pinkish tinge on the edges. Rosettes to 10″, clumps to 3 feet across.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants09 May 2014 07:13 am

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Agave parryi v. truncata is one of the classic parryis, even if not the one true classic. But it is the prettiest of the parryis when smaller. This has really nice form even right now. Just imagine when it gets 3 feet across – oh that’s nice!

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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