Hoping to do some holiday shopping for the hikers in the family, I drove out to Patagonia’s store at The Camp in Costa Mesa. Also at The Camp is the little shop Organic Designs by Aggelige, where I studied this tangy confection for a good long while. (You can’t miss Aggelige Spanos’ shop. It’s the one located in the Airstream trailer. Phone (714) 662-7996.)
Plum-colored stems and pale celadon green leaves of Portulacaria afra spill around an echeveria, which might be ‘Afterglow.’ The trailing cactus might be Lepismium cruciforme, which attains that brilliant coloring in full sun. Tart, zig-zaggy, energetic bowl of succulents. Just when you think you’ve seen every possible combination of succulents, a fresh take like this comes along.