Monday, October 15, 2012

A stroll through the Ruth Bancroft Garden

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I went to the fall plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden on Saturday and had a great time looking at the hundreds of succulent species that were for sale. I also took a leisurely stroll through the garden—accompanied by my trusty camera, of course. In no particular order, here are the plants that caught my eye this time around.

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Agave parryi

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Agave parryi

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Agave franzosinii and Euphorbia resinifera

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Euphorbia resinifera

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Agave xylonacantha

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Aloe capitata var. quartziticola

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Aloe capitata var. quartziticola

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Aloe plicatilis

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Agave attenuata ‘Variegata’

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Unidentified aloe and Euphorbia myrsinites

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Agave nickelsiae (previously called Agave ferdinandi-regis)

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Agave guadalajarana

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Agave guiengola

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LEFT: Agave titanota and Agave ‘Blue Glow’
RIGHT: Agave parryi var. neomexicana (?)

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Agave americana ‘Mediopicta alba’

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Agave americana ‘Mediopicta alba’

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Yucca faxoniana

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Sempervivum sp. with kapok tree flowers (Ceiba speciosa)

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Parodia magnifica

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Prickly pear with fruit

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Prickly pear with fruit

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Euphorbia inermis var. huttonae

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Euphorbia inermis var. huttonae

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Euphorbia ‘Zig Zag’

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Euphorbia ‘Zig Zag’

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Tradescantia pallida

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Agave franzosinii (that tiny speck on the right is my Radio Flyer wagon holding my plant purchases)

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Agave franzosinii

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LEFT: Agave lophantha
RIGHT: Euphorbia lambii

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LEFT: Senecio articulatus
LEFT: Aeonium hierrense and Echeveria cante

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Aeonium hierrense and Echeveria cante

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Agave ‘Mr Ripple’

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Beaucarnea recurvata

If you’ve never been to the Ruth Bancroft Garden and you love succulents, you’ve got to put it on the top of your list of must-see destinations for your next trip the San Francisco Bay Area.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, what beautiful pics! I love 'em! Bummed that I had to miss the sale, myself. --GS (www.gardeningsuccs.com)

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  2. Sorry I missed it, too. Great photos, Gerhard! Did you ask Brian if they protect the variegated Agave attenuata? It's gets as cold down there as it does in Davis, no?

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    1. Yes, the climate in Walnut Creek is pretty much the same as here. Maybe not quite as hot in the summer, but they do drop into the high to mid 20s in the winter like we do.

      The variegated attenuata is in that long middle bed that gets completely covered in the winter. Here's a photo that shows what this bed looks like in the winter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruthbancroftgarden/1821251185/

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  3. I am always so amazed by the pictures of the enormous Agaves and other succulents that are growing there.

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    1. It's amazing how large some agaves get, especially Agave franzosinii. The specimens at RBG are bigger than many cars!

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  4. So beautiful Dude! Love the pics and they really have some great succs. I am in love with that Agave guadalajarana.

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    1. Me too! They have a beautiful specimen of Agave guadalajarana at the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley, right outside the restrooms :-).

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  5. Beautiful pictures Gerhard! Did you see the variegated Agave parryi?

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    1. No, I didn't. I now remember you posted a photo on your blog last spring.

      Brian Kemble was right there, I could have asked him where it was.

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  6. Succulent plant porn, beautiful photos! RBG is a real destination garden, up here on the list of places when we eventually get to your neck of the woods :)

    And thanks for indirectly reminding me that ferdinandi-regis has renamed already...

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    1. RBG is located in the East Bay about 30 minutes from Berkeley and less than an hour from SF so it's easy to reach for people visiting SF.

      I'm still getting used to Agave nickelsiae. And Agave mitis (formerly Agave celsii).

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    2. These name changes are news to me. Where did you hear about it?

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    3. Check out these sources:

      Agave nickelsiae:
      (1) http://ruthbancroftgarden.org/rbgarden/pages/Planthighl2012Aug.html
      (2) http://www.plantdelights.com/Agave-nickelsiae-King-Ferdinand-Century-Plant/productinfo/4764

      Agave mitis:
      (1) http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3086
      (2) http://aridlands.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=81_85&products_id=2374

      I'm sure there are more official taxonomical sources but these are the ones I was able to locate on the fly.

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  7. Too bad there was nothing good to see on this visit. ;-)

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  8. Oh Wow! INCREDIBLY COOL, and that Agave nickelsiae, what a planting!

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