Monday, October 1, 2012

Succulent porn

In yesterday’s post I raved about Succulent Extravaganza 2012 held last Friday and Saturday at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA. Today’s post will be short on words but long on photos, all of them taken during the event.

I wonder if the title of this post, “Succulent porn,” will propel my blog to the top of the search rankings? Some people looking for—how shall I put it?—certain titillating content may be disappointed, but I hope that succulent aficionados won’t be.

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Dudleya brittoniii, leaves changing color from stress

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Dudleya pulverulenta

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Kalanchoe luciae ‘Fantastic’ (also sold as Kalanchoe thyrsifolia ‘Fantastic’)

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Aloe × spinosissima

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Aloe arborescens ‘Variegata’
Debra Lee Baldwin recommended this aloe in her Saturday presentation, and I bet many people bought one. I’ve had one in the ground since this spring and it’s doing very well. Mine has more yellow (like the one in the bottom right) and hence is fairly slow-growing because of the relative lack of chlorophyll.

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Aloe microstigma

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Unidentified aloe with stunning coloration

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Aloe ‘Delta Lights’

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Aloe marlothii

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Aloe mitriformis (?)

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Aloe plicatilis

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Aloe plicatilis

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Aloe polyphylla

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Aloe polyphylla

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Agave potatorum ‘Kichiokan’

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Agave attenuata ‘Nova’ (or ‘Boutin Blue’) and Agave parryi ‘Truncata’

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Agave guiengola ‘Crème Brûlée’

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Agave attenuata ‘Kara’s Stripe’

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Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’, Agave attenuata ‘Kara’s Stripe’

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Agave ‘Blue Glow’ and Agave ‘Confederate Rose’ (often incorrectly labeled as Agave parrasana)

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Agave ‘Sharkshin Shoes’

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Echeveria elegans

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Agave ‘Blue Glow’

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Agave ‘Blue Glow’

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Agave ‘Blue Glow’

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Agave attenuata ‘Nova’ (or ‘Boutin Blue’) with sempervivum inflorescences

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Agave attenuata ‘Nova’ (or ‘Boutin Blue’)  and various echeverias

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Sempervivums in living wall panel

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Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’, Agave attenuata ‘Kara’s Stripe’, Aeonium canariense ‘Garnet’

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Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’

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Aeonium arboreum hybrid (possibly ‘Plum Purdy’)

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Aeonium arboreum

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Purple and green aeoniums

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Aeonium arboreum, including one monstrose stem

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Calandrinia spectabilis

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Echeveria subrigida

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Echeveria hybrid with caruncles

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Echeveria imbricata forming a dense mat between rocks

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Dyckia ‘Silver Superstar’

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Dyckia fosteriana (?) hybrid

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Opuntia robusta (?) and Ferocactus peninsulae

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Opuntia robusta (?) loaded with fruit

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Agave ‘Blue Glow’, Echinocactus grusonii, unidentified aloe

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Echinocactus grusonii and crested Myrtillocactus geometrizans

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Opuntia macrocentra

2012 Extravaganza posts:

14 comments:

  1. oooo ahhhhh yes yes yes......spiral,pink fractals,caruncles? more more ....patterns greens is every shade and tone....WOWOWw

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    1. Sharon, I feel I should be blushing reading your comment :-).

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  2. Porn indeed! Fabulous pictures Gerhard. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite.

    I do have to ask about the digital watermark business. Is that new? Have you had problems? Also, how do you feel about Pinterest? I see several things here I would love to repin onto my "sexy plants" board.

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    1. Loree, I just sent you an e-mail.

      Of course you can share on Pinterest :-)

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  3. Succulent porn alright! You don't need too many words to accompany such beautiful photos of beautiful plants!

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    1. I think in my next life I'll come back as an aeonium at Succulent Gardens :-)

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  4. You added that last photo just so I couldn't say "Fantastic, but is there *anything* here that I could grow?" didn't you?

    Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

    If they don't already have a friendly cat roaming the nursery that is named "Caruncles" then they should get one now!

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    1. Alan, I did see a cat but I'm not sure it was theirs or a neighbors. Succulent Gardens is in a rural area and I'm sure there are plenty of cats and dogs.

      Caruncles would be a great name!

      As for whether there's anything you could grow, definitely! The sempervivums in the living picture murals should do well in St Louis. Many sedums, too. Agave parryi is also super hardy.

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  5. I for one am more than satisfied with these eye-popping images! Does anyone have a cigarette?

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  6. Yah, pure plant porn, and lots of it, thanks! That must have been fun, snapping pics all those beauties. They are such photogenic plants.

    The unidentified aloe with nice color is I think A. dorotheae, the Sunset Aloe. Proven Winners was/is? selling a TC'd Kelly Griffin selection (I think) of it with better color than the species, that might be that particular one.

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  7. Whoops, should have specified--meant the first un-ID'd Aloe, not the 2nd one.

    'Kara's Stripes' I think on that attenuata. The variegated species is more stripey.

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    1. 'Kara's Stripe' is a very good guess. They do sell this cultivar but the smaller plants have very little striping, that's why I wasn't sure.

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  8. Wow, sexy succulent photos Gerhard! And thanks so much for helping me (unknowingly) with the names of some I took shots of. Great posts!!!!! I'm still working on my first!

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