Travel21 Sep 2015 12:44 pm


Agaves, Congress St, Austin

Seems a little close to the pedestrians!

National Parks&Travel20 Sep 2015 08:06 am


Fouquieria splendens

Big Bend National Park

Botanic Gardens&Travel14 Aug 2015 01:42 pm

The Frustrated Gardener shows you the heartbreak of the Agave bloom. It may not have actually broken the glass on its way out, but close enough!


A specimen of Agave americana, moved from a nearby properly about 40 years ago, has formed an enormous 30ft tall flower spike which is now blossoming. This has necessitated the removal of a handful of glass panes to allow the enormous stalk through, so as not to damage the rest of the historic structure. The result is quite breathtaking and has been drawing crowds from near and far.

Drawing crowds! From all over the Isles I am sure.

Click through for more pictures and the whole story. It’s a good one!

Reader Photos&Travel30 Jul 2015 09:54 am

Dorena sends along these photos of the cactus and succulents of the mission at San Juan Capistrano.


Echinopsis cluster with some late blooms


Giant Agave americana and a well-balanced Myrtillocactus behind.


Giant white Echinopsis flower. Up close!


Pachycereus line the street.


Cactus&Travel11 May 2015 03:59 pm

golden barrel cactus

Rikki is growing Golden Barrel Cactus out in the Santa Maria Valley

echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus grusonii

Santa Maria Valley

And here is the surrounding area in the Valley. Scenic!

Travel05 Mar 2015 08:35 pm


Gorgeous giant plumeria tree (frangipani!) on the streets of Sydney, Australia!


Close up bloom photo. Flowers! It must be summer.

California Native Plants&Travel03 Mar 2015 09:23 pm


It’s Gaura lindheimeri on the streets of Sydney. Australia!

Gaura lindheimeri – Appleblossom Grass
Native to California

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 2-3 feet

Wispy, upright perennial. The stalkless leaves and flowers grow directly on the stems. White flowers with a hint of pink bloom in the spring through fall. Cut back flower stalks for repeat bloom.

Travel01 Dec 2014 06:49 am

It’s green, it’s made in batches small enough that they dry the strips of cactus on the dashboard of their truck, and it’s entirely Carribean.

It’s Cadushy of Bonaire!


But I’m here at Cadushy of Bonaire, where they make a liqueur of the same name from the Dutch Caribbean island’s Kadushi cactus, to remedy that situation.

And just what is this Kadushi Cactus of Bonaire? It’s the Cereus repandus which can get over 30 feet tall and has many delicious edible fruit that apparently you can distill which are known as Cactus Apples, as well as Cadushi.

Travel16 Nov 2014 10:41 am

Hanging out in La Jolla on a beautiful November weekend? How about checking out Nicole’s beautiful succulents at the farmers market?


Nice! I see she’s come up with the coffee cup carrier concept for small pots. Also nice!

Any other Cactus Jungle alum selling succulents on a Sunday today?

Cactus&Travel15 Jun 2014 09:09 am

Apparently we have an Italian namesake – Cactus Jungle, Italy – and they make fabric cactuses.


Very nice! Welcome to the Cactus Jungle family! Now do we get a share of their profits?

Travel01 Apr 2014 08:09 am

It’s been an early spring here in the Bay Area, excepting yesterday and today that is. But what about Europe?

Cactus&Travel31 Mar 2014 10:37 am

It’s all available at Les Succulents Cactus. I’ve blogged about them before, but now we have a good picture of the store on – a traveling friend to succulents.

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.

How-to&Travel23 Feb 2014 11:03 am

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.

My Spring-Summer Whistle Stops
Succulent garden railway

Here’s where and when I’ll give presentations. If your city’s on the list, please save the date!

Fri. and Sat., Feb. 28-Mar. 1, Spring Home & Garden Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego~~~Attend the Spring Home/Garden Show as my guest. Print a free pass for two. $16 value.~~~

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.

Art&Blogs&Travel16 Feb 2014 10:46 am

THE ARK from ANTIVJ is a visual label on Vimeo.

(Sent in by Mr. S at Plants are the Strangest People.)

Blogs&Botanic Gardens&Travel01 Feb 2014 02:43 pm

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.

Travel30 Jan 2014 11:49 am

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.

And if you were wondering, NWA stands for North West Arkansas. It is a group of local newspapers from the NWA region. A nice region! A beautiful region!

News&Travel28 Jan 2014 02:40 pm

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…

National Parks&News&Travel21 Jan 2014 12:13 pm


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…

News&Travel13 Jan 2014 10:06 am

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.

Travel06 Jan 2014 04:22 pm

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!

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