Fun fact: Both these kinds of agave produce few offshoots and are grown in a lab using tissue cultures (as opposed to offshoots or seeds). They're two of the very few kinds not grown on-site at Succulent Gardens. I happen to have a lovely blue glow agave at home, and very nearly acquired a blue flame on Friday, but they were a little picked over, plus I'd agreed ahead of time to a $50 spending limit, and I actually stuck to it!
It was a tad weird at the event, because I was one of the youngest people by a lot. I also felt practically giddy with energy and couldn't stop jumping around, which may or may not have frightened the other attendees. (A short aside: the Succulent Extravaganza also felt very female and very white. Debra Lee Baldwin says more men are into cacti, which certainly appeared to be the case two days later at the Cactus & Succulent Society of San Jose's show, which we visited on Sunday--it was also very white, and almost entirely male-dominated!)
In addition to the succulents I picked up for myself, which I'll describe in more detail in a future post, a friend gave me a $20 limit to pick up three succulents for her. I chose this gorgeous array of soft green tones with dark rose highlights, and she loved them! I'm told that they are now living happily on her windowsill.
- Some people like succs because succs are weird. That is awesome. Succs have the power to save us from our urban drudgery.
- We need to be tolerant of the poor saps who don't appreciate the weirdness of gasteria and just want some ice plants instead of a yard.
- Succulents save water and are really good for the environment in a variety of other ways, such as minimizing transportation costs, use of harmful pesticides, and pollution.
Every friend to whom I've related my Succulent Extravaganza experience has laughed heartily at me and asked things like, "Did you bring your knitting?" But you know what? I don't care. Because the Succulent Extravaganza was a chance to see beautiful succulents and learn about them, plus a chance to hang out with other people who share my passion. In many cases, maybe all we had in common was our passion for succulents. But isn't it so cool that a hobby like this would bring me in contact with so many great people that I wouldn't otherwise encounter? I can't wait for next year's event! I feel like I became a real succ-er last weekend!