It’s been an early spring here in the Bay Area, excepting yesterday and today that is. But what about Europe?
Here’s a small picture I’ve borrowed from JOELIX to entice you to click through to see all the pictures of the Cactus in Paris.
The store as seen in these pictures is reminiscent of the late and lamented Red Desert cactus store in San Francisco up to about 12 years ago. Then they closed. Now you can go to Paris instead.
Are succulent events coming to your hometown? Maybe. Debra Lee Baldwin is traveling this spring, and maybe she’ll be coming to your hometown. And then you can have a wonderfully succulent spring time in your hometown. But not otherwise.
Here’s where and when I’ll give presentations. If your city’s on the list, please save the date!
Thurs. and Fri., March 20-21, San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, San Mateo Convention Center
Sat., March 22, San Diego Master Gardener’s Spring Seminar
Tues., Wed. and Thurs., April 1-3, Epcot Center International Flower Festival, Orlando, FL
Sat. and Sun., May 17-18, 2014, Eco-Xpo, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA
Sat. and Sun., May 31-June 1, Sunset Celebration, Menlo Park, CA
Fri. and Sat., June 6-7, Succulent Celebration at Waterwise Botanicals nursery, Escondido, CA
Sat., June 28, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
I’ll be signing all three of my books (including the new one, Succulents Simplified) at all events.If you enjoyed one of my presentations, I’d be grateful if you’d post a comment on the Great Garden Speakers website. Many thanks!
That’s a lot of California hometowns, including two in the Bay Area, so you know you should all move out here to California.
Danger Garden visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek and a lot of photos were taken. How many?
I had no idea I took over a hundred photographs that day. The garden is just that inspiring.
Click through for all the sunny succulents in all their sunny glory. As seen by Danger Garden of course. There were Yuccas and Agaves in bloom. If you don’t want to click through to see all the pictures, then get yourself over to the gardens and see them in person.
Something called NWA Online has an important message for its readers.
What’s to love: Succulent plants are rather trendy at the moment.
Indeed! Thank you, NWA Online. Now we know.
We don’t post warnings at the front of our nursery that there might be cactus inside. You know, beware of the cactus, since the name of the nursery is Cactus Jungle, after all. But what about on a desert hiking trail? A letter to the editor of the Carlsbad Patch:
While walking with my family down by the south east end of the Lagoon in Carlsbad Agua Hedionda and my youngest son was attacked by what is known as jumping cactus. Having grown up here in Carlsbad and hiked that whole area since I was young I’ve never seen such a cactus. It was vicious to dislodge from his leg….
I think there should be a warning sign in the area…
Although it’s not the largest saguaro ever discovered, the colossal specimen along the Dutchman’s Trail in the Superstition Wilderness is a commanding presence. Balancing a massive, Medusa-like crown of spiny arms and isolated in a landscape where neighboring saguaros sport more modest profiles, this impressive plant grabs the spotlight.
But, it might not stand for much longer. An ominous gray scale on its north side and what appears to be a lightning strike in its core may spell its doom…
And then there’s the whole location and hike and map and description information so you too can go and see this mountainous cactus before its gone.
The hike begins at the Peralta Trailhead on Bluff Spring Trail…
Apparently a local Landscape firm in Austin, TX has now opened a Succulent Store.
If an alien race were to land in Austin for the purpose of surveying our dynamic with our natural world, they might surmise that Austinites in particular have a symbiotic relationship with succulents, as it appears nearly no stylish home or business can be caught without a sweet succulent adorning a corner, tabletop, window sill or bedside table….
Austin residents have a recent reason to rejoice (whether you love succulents or not): Austin landscape design + build firm Big Red Sun has reopened their nursery… at 1311 E. Cesar Chavez St. at Navasota.
Nice frontage. I’ll check them out next time I’m in Austin. It’s been a few years.
Danger Garden has lots of pictures of The Vercler Castle in winter. Cold, and scenic.
Of course, it’s more a ramshackle brick house than a castle, but that’s part of its charm!
Get great ideas by looking at the amazing exhibits during the Succulent Show to be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, from Saturday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo.
That’s a long time for the show to be up, so you still have time to get out and enjoy the Buffalo fall weather, which is currently 55F and raining.
Some of the exhibits, such as an entire woman created out of succulents, might be beyond the skills of the average gardener.
We get lots of snow in California. Or in parts of California. Like Lake Tahoe. They get lots of snow. Not us. Apparently they don’t get lots of snow in Yucca Valley, CA either, but enough snow that it sometimes snows there like when CNN reports on the snow covering the cactus in Yucca Valley.
They held a race and called it the Cactus Derby. It was a derby insofar as it was an off-road car race, interstate paved roads being somewhat rare. And cactus as it was a race through the desert from LA to Phoenix, which couldn’t have been a very big city back then.
Avid racing fans line up along West Gurley Street anxiously awaiting a glimpse of the first racer into Prescott on Nov. 11, 1914.
Wow! How about that. And I checked, so you know, and Phoenix’s population in 1910 was 11,314. It has grown by 23,332% since then.
You can read more about it here, in Part 1. More to come.
You can help restore cactus wren habitat! But only if you happen to be in Irvine this weekend, or are willing to drive there ASAP.
Cactus Wren Habitat Restoration
Saturday, Feb 2 9:00a to 12:30p
Help the recovery and movement of the cactus wren in the City of Irvine and surrounding open space areas. The project area is one of several that have been arranged in a line-of-sight fashion in an attempt to facilitate a rebound of cactus wrens. Volunteers will plant cactus using special tools. Bring water, snacks, sun protection, long sleeves, long pants, a hat, and good shoes. Tools, safety equipment, will be provided by Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Pre-registration is required.
They’re so cute! Those cactus wrens….
Want to know how to grow succulents indoor in New Jersey? Well if you want to grow them outside you are out of luck and not just because of the weather. Also because the class listed below is only for people who like to grow their succulents indoor in New Jersey which is also everyone who likes to grow succulents in New Jersey. Except for Sempervivums. Those you can grow outside too.
Barlow’s Flower Farm & Garden Center
Sea Girt, NJ,
Saturday, February 9, 1:00 PM
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our tropical greenhouse while you discover the versatility of using succulents as houseplants. Although many people don’t think of them as houseplants, they are extremely forgiving of under watering and forgetful plant owners. Their ease and variety of shapes and sizes make them ideal accents for the home. In this class, each student will create an 8” succulent dish garden to bring home, while learning about care, soil requirements, design, and maintenance.
Sounds like fun!
Clearly I was wrong yesterday when I said I was all done with Tillandsia photos for my Tillandsia Weekend of Tillandsia photos all weekend long.
I have one more Airplant to share.
A Tillandsia Wreath made all out of Tillandsia ionanthas and a couple miscellaneous others too. We didn’t make it. I saw it and took a picture, just like you would have if you had seen it. If you had been at the Tropical Plant Show in Florida last week. But you weren’t and I was so I got the picture to share with you here now.