Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Great-looking succulents at Davis Ace Hardware

Fellow Davis resident Sue whose garden I visited last month called me yesterday to let me know about a fresh delivery of succulents at our local Ace Hardware store. Needless to say I had to check it out myself and I agree—these are nice looking plants, and there is a lot of variety, too.

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Unlike the big box stores like The Home Depot or Lowe’s, our local Ace Hardware store gets their succulents from Lone Pine Gardens, a small specialty grower in Sebastopol over in Sonoma County. Their offerings go far beyond the usual and often include rare plants that are hard to find.

Prices are very reasonable, about $1 per inch of pot size (plants in 2” pots are $1.99, 3” pots $2.99, 4” pots $4.29). Another big plus: The vast majority of plants come with plant tags so you know exactly what it is that you’re buying.

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While I’m trying to be more selective with what I buy—considering how many plants I have already and how little room—I couldn’t resist getting three new additions, two of which are outlined below.

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Here are my new purchases:

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Agave verschaffeltii ‘Shoji Rajin’

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Synadenium grantii ‘Rubra’

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Astrophytum ornatum ‘Mirbelii’

And if yesterday’s post about echeverias whetted your appetite, I spotted some beautiful 3” specimens at Ace:

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LEFT: Echeveria subsessilis
RIGHT: Echeveria agavoides

Davis Ace Hardware is at 240 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.

Lone Pine Gardens is at 6450 Lone Pine Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472.

8 comments:

  1. Wait, is that a plant with leaves on it? It's been so long since you've added something like that to your garden... :-)

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    1. LOL. It *has* been a while. As much as I love succulents, I love good foliage plants just as much. This synadenium, also called "red milkbush," grows to 12 ft in Africa but isn't very hardy so I suspect it'll be less than 6 ft in our garden. I may put in the ground next to our front porch where the lion's tail used to be (died because its drip emitted was turned off).

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  2. Great pics. These images are the kind that get my heart going. So many options, so little time and money lol. These plants look great, I don't even think we have an Ace here in College Station TX, but you are making me rethink a purchase that I put off at Lowes yesterday. Ahhhh self control :)

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  3. Wow! great selections Gerhard. Will check our local Ace hoping to find those selections.

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  4. That Astrophytum is gorgeous, and the Agave is a great find. You have a great Ace. Ours doesn't have stuff like that.

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  5. You're so lucky to have such a great Ace! Congrats on your new additions!

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  6. Holy cow, I would have been like a kid in a Candy store there! hehe Nice buys!

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