I had the pleasure of introducing a friend to Stanford's Arizona Garden today. No matter how many times I go there, I always see something new. Here are a few photos I snapped!
Finally, I checked on the huge agave blue glow that I've taken pics of before. But this time, I noticed that there are pups growing out from the middle of the agave. I've never seen this growth pattern in the absence of coring. What's going on? Other blue glows I've seen pup out (if at all) from the sides, not the middle.
I've written a few posts in the past in which I've shared the plants on my wish list. Since then, I've acquired several of the plants I've been looking for--most notably (for me, at least), crassula barklyi and haworthia maughanii. Here are the ones that are at the top of my list right now.
Is there anything new on your wish list, my dear succ-ers? Do tell...
When my mom and I were on our latest expedition to Cactus Jungle, we also hit a salvage yard in Berkeley, Urban Ore. We were hoping to find some new pots, and found little in that regard (though my mom did score a pretty cool one). It turns out that pots come in all the time, but someone who works there usually snags them, plants them with something, and sells them for three times what the pot would have gone for alone.
Anyhow, among the random items in the salvage yard were these chimney parts (flues?) for $5 each. They're about two feet high, quite heavy, and... I had a vision! Actually, I had a couple of them. One involved removing the black rubber and metal things that are strapped onto the bottom of the clay cylinders, then planting the cylinders into the ground at various heights and angles. I still think this would look cool.
But I decided to go with the incarnation you see here. Since the chimney things are hollow, I was going to put them somewhere, fill them with dirt, and plant agaves in them. Then my partner pointed out that this would be (1) a waste of dirt that (2) would make them hard to move from one place to another, should I so desire. She asked me to try putting plastic pots in them instead. After some trial and error, I was able to find a pot that fit into each one.
I took each pot out of its flue, planted an agave in each, then covered the top with wet sand (in order to have some top dressing that wouldn't fall off when they were planted at an angle). Then I pushed the pots into their respective, perfectly-fitting flues. From left to right: agave americana, agave stricta, and agave "Joe Hoak."
I thought about arranging these in various ways, but my partner liked them best lined up in a row, which she says makes our deck look like a ship. I say: okay, cool. Not bad for a $15 find in a salvage yard, eh?
Every now and again, my mom and I like to visit nurseries together... especially succulent nurseries! Last week we went to one in Berkeley's Fourth Street neighborhood called "Cactus Jungle." It's a pretty cool place. A lot of stuff is way overpriced, but some is quite reasonable, so it's a good place to go if you shop judiciously. Anyhow, we saw some very cool plants, and I thought I'd share some photos with you.
Difficult as it was, neither of us came home with any new succulents! Though we DID buy a new kind of fertilizer to try (and by "we," I mean that my mom bought it for me--thanks, Mom!). Oh--and we also bought potatoes there. But I digress. Have a lovely day, succ-ers!