San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
Hi! We’re feeling pretty good that the vaccines are happening and we will be getting closer to normal every day. Probably a new normal. Not that this isn’t completely normal for people who are hermits. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The photos this month are drastically different than normal. We are updating our online shop in the next couple months and to prepare I am starting to photograph the plants as products. For sale online! And so now we see the consequences of that decision: White backgrounds… Showing a little more of the pot… I am ambivalent about this development. I cannot tell if these photos are any good. It’s not so hard to photograph non-plants as products with a white background, but I have spent decades shooting plants as what I like to think of as Portraits, and this new product idea is hard. For me! Maybe not for you. Enjoy the fruits of my pain.
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We require masks in our stores and social distancing at all times. We will maintain these policies for customers and staff as long as the State maintains the mandates. We are pretty strict! Please bear with us.
Our online store is here. We are delivering plants, gifts, soils, pots, fertilizers, pesticides, more plants, and other plants too.
Deliveries are usually in 1-3 days but may take up to 1 week, Monday thru Friday. We will call to let you know when we will be by before we come.
Current Hours: Open Wed-Sun 10-5
Current Hours: Open Wed-Sun 10-5
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First up is the very green succulent known as the Aeonium “Jolly Green” and it is green, coming against that white background I don’t think I’ve ever seen a greener succulent. Wow that’s Green! Shamrock green, ready for St. Patrick’s day coming right up!
Classic variegated agaves, especially the ones that stay smaller, are very hot these days. Agave “Shira Ito no Ohi” is the best of them. If you like them we have one for you. If not, we have other agaves, including classic blue agaves and classic Manfreda x Agave intergenic hybrids too.
Dudleya brittonii is from Baja California, so I call it a California Native succulent. Some say this makes no sense, but I say they make no sense. The California Bioregion includes Baja no matter how you look at the climate or geography. It can’t be not included! Just try, I’ll wait. See, what did I tell you – California Natives.
Echeveria “Pink Edge” only really shows it’s edge to be pink in full sun. Get it out of the shade and enjoy the colorful show.
Portulacaria afra “Variegata” is known as Elephant Bush but I think that is a variation on the original common name, Elephant’s Tears. So named because this plant was so delicious to elephants it brought tears to their eyes? I dunno could be.
Aeonium “Luteovariegatum” will have a blush of red on the edges after a cold winter. I think this is probably my best picture this month against the white background. The rosette with a slight tilt to its head has just that right amount of cockiness. It’s enjoying its blank void!
Oxalis fabifolia is sometimes considered a variety of Oxalis flava and not its own species. It goes by the common name Pealeaf Shamrock, which is not a very common name since this is not a very common plant. It is shamrock green though not if by shamrock green you mean the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake green. Nothing else is that particular green, not even the Chicago River in March. Coming right up!
Our new crop of spiraling green leaves popping out of a barely surfacing bulb? It’s Albuca spiralis today. This may be our last full crop for a couple years, we have to build back up our parent stocks. We’ll still have some! We will always grow this for you, but I can’t guarantee everyone who wants one will be able to have one in 2022. So act now. Be decisive.
Aloe “Twilight Zone” is not for everyone because collector spotted aloes never are right for everyone when you have to be the right type of person to collect spotted aloes, and this one is the right type of aloe for the right type of person with the dark leaves and the collectible cuteness. I’ve lost track of where I was – who am I addressing anymore, the aloe or the aloe collectors? Hard to parse out. Grammar teachers, can you help me out?
Darlingtonia californica, the California Pitcher Plant. We have a full crop of this rare carnivorous plant. But don’t worry, we are holding them for you. Please be gentle with them, they eat California Native insects, like mosquitos and flies. Mmmm.
Opuntia microdasys “Aurea” is the yellow-spined Bunny Ears prickly pear. They seem soft and fuzzy, but they are not, those dots are tiny hooked Glochids. This is not the most dangerous of these types, there are others that are worse. But generally we recommend planting this away from paths and peoples. Pretty!
Parodia rutilans has reddish spines and is named for those reddish spines. “Rutilant, which first appeared in English late in the 15th century, is used in English today to describe anything with a reddish or fiery glow, such as a sunset or flushed skin. It derives from the Latin rutilus“1 Other words that also derive from the latin word rutilus includes red, root, cotillion, and brutish. (I hope some of you noticed my oxford comma there, what with expounding latin roots I thought I should be ever so proper.)
Coleocephalocereus aureus has yellow spines, and no I am not going to explain to you how aureus means yellow spines from the latin root aureus (“golden; gold coin equivalent to 25 denarii”) for you, you can look it up for yourself. And don’t get me started on that cephalo in the middle of the genus! The cereus part at the end just means cactus.
New crop of small Saguaros, coming right up! These tiny babies are already 4-5 years old, and they will grow to giants in no time at all – 100+ years! The redwoods would be jealous.
PERENNIALS AND SHRUBS
Grass-like perennials have all the advantages of a low growing blade-forming grass, while also sending up colorful bloom stalks. Armeria “Sweet Dreams” is one such grass-like perennial known as Seathrift in the Plumbago Family (Plumbaginaceae). In case you were wondering, the Grass Family is Poaceae.
Eriophyllum “Siskiyou” is a California Native Woolly Sunflower. It’s in the Sunflower Family? Yes, also known as the Aster Family (Asteraceae) so yes it is a little mini Sunflower, all yellow and compound flowering right here in this picture showing off against that pure white backdrop. It’s harder to figure out how to photograph perennials against that white than succulents. Succulents are more compact, more product-like after all!
Broken Top Candles and Soaps – do we have 3 scents for each? Do we have Saguaro Cactus and Sea Salt and Lavender Mint? We do. You might think the Saguaro scent would be the most popular one in a cactus nursery setting, but that is not true. It is Lavender Mint! Never bet against Lavender.
ORGANIC VEGGIE STARTS
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