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Muradian pot needs a good home

I’ve never planted this pot made by Fresno-based potter Mark Muradian, whose pots are at all the succulent and cactus shows in California. It’s just too precious for the way I shuffle things around constantly. 5 and a half inches wide and tall, including feet.

So this will be a low-key giveaway, no tie-ins […]

at the Inter-City CSSA Show August 2016

The funny thing about hard-core succulent shows is there’s often non-succulent treasures on the sales tables too.

On arrival, I made a quick circuit around the tables and immediately became fixated on these decidedly non-succulent leaves.

And the mottling on these stems. No name tag, no price.

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Bloom Day August 2016

It must be August, because the Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ is billowing. This tender perennial becomes activated by the heat of August. I pull it out by the handfuls when it gets too rambunctious but always leave a few roots. Any plant that likes this weather deserves a place at the table. And I […]

31st Annual Inter-City Cactus Show & Sale

31st Annual Inter-City Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale The LA County Arboretum in Ayres Hall 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007 Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday, August 14, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

By a bit of trickery with angles, the stunning bloom of Urginea […]

a week in plants, continued

I so rarely document thoroughly, before and after, that I thought for once I’d push back a little against those slacker tendencies. This small project is an easy place to start. In the last post, there were four ‘Cousin Itt’ acacias added under the fringe tree, and that was theoretically the end of it. Where […]

a week in plants

Last week was a good one for plants. I finally found some Acacia ‘Cousin Itt’ in small sizes, under $10 each, to plant under the Chinese Fringe Tree. (Chionanthus retusus, as distinguished from our native Chionanthus virginicus.) This great, mediumish-sized tree grows in a rough square on the east side of the house, hemmed in […]

In a Vase on Monday, (courtesy of the OG)

Peter/Outlaw Gardener, that indefatigable daily blogger and all-around nice guy, raffled off some vases recently.

(And look who’s a winner!)

I found this fat little echeveria in the front garden and unceremoniously pulled him up by the roots to welcome Peter’s vase. (Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the […]