Friday, October 13, 2017

Plant porn from the 2017 Succulent Extravaganza

As I always do, I took lots of photos at the 2017 Succulent Extravaganza held on September 29 and 30 at Succulent Gardens in Castroville on California's beautiful Central Coast.

My earlier post talked about this fantasticand free!event in more detail.

This post is nothing but plant porn from Succulent Gardens, Northern California's largest succulent grower. Most photos are of the demonstration gardens but a few are from inside the retail greenhouse where thousands upon thousands of plants are for sale.

Be warned: This is a long post, containing 70+ photos. Take your time. I promise you it's worth it.

Aeonium 'Sunburst' and Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light'. This is in the demonstration garden Andrea Hurd created for the 2015 Succulent Extravaganza.


Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light' and Aloe arborescens 'Variegata'

Agave 'Blue Flame' (back), Agave 'Blue Glow' (front)

Aloe vaombe and Euphorbia rigida

Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue'

Echeverias

Very pretty aloe. If only I knew what it was!

The kind of groundcover tapesty I wish I could grow but sedums and sempervivums like these dislike our summer heat

Aloidendron 'Hercules' and assorted agaves

Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light' and a choice Cotyledon orbiculata selection

Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light'

Agave 'I Wish I knew What You Are'

Aloidendron 'Hercules', Agave 'Blue Flame' and friends

So many colors and textures!

This was one of my favorite vignettes of this year's Extravaganza


More groundcover ideas for those of you in a milder climate

  
Selfie frame

Agave geminiflora

I'll never get tired of this corner

Aloidendron 'Hercules', Aloe speciosa (the one on the right with the tilting head), Aloe vanbalenii (lower left), Kumara plicatilis (behind the agave), Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' (lower right)

Aloe vanbalenii

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire',  Echeveria runyonii (blue), not sure what the pink echeveria is

Echeverias and dyckias. This (and the photo above and below) is part of the undersea garden installed for the 2015 Extravaganza by Danielle and Michael Romero

Senecio articulatus (back)

Agave 'Kissho Kan'

This is "Rustic Rampage" by Organic Mechanics, also installed for the 2015 Extravaganza

"Rustic Rampage" is an ode to recycling and repurposing


More Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light', clearly happy in the frost-free climate of Castroville


Agave bovicornuta


I love this create repurposing of a drain pipe

Same idea with metal pipes

Aeonium wonderland

Aeonium 'Sunburst' with one Aeonium 'Zwarkop'

Purple aeoniums make quite a statement...

...especially when backlit

Crested purple aeonium

Echeveria elegans aka Mexican snowball

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'

Colorful succulent tapestry in a piece of driftwood


Golden barrels (Echinocactus grusonii)

Agave 'Kissho Kan'

Agave 'Kissho Kan'

Ferocactus peninsulae and Agave applanata 'Cream Spike'

Ferocactus peninsulae

Opuntia robusta and Agave 'Kissho Kan'

Aloe plantings along the outside perimeter of the nursery 

Agave guadalajarana 'Leon'

Agave 'Blue Flame'

Aeonium canariense in a sea of jade plant (Crassula ovata)

Ocean of 1-gallon Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'


Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' and Cotyledon orbiculata

Flowering Senecio serpens and Cotyledon orbiculata

Pink echeveria and ×Mangave 'Bloodspot'

Sedum nussbaumerianum and Echeveria 'Blue Prince'


Kalanchoe pumila (top left) and Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'

Kalanchoe beharensis

Echeverias in the retail greenhouse waiting for a new home

A whole lot of ruffles


This echeria hybrid wasn't labeled, but to me it's one of the most beautiful—and alien

It looks like an undersea creature, doesn't it?

Echeverias with caruncles (bumps on their leaves) are either loved or hated—or misunderstood. Honestly, I can't tell you where I stand. I'm still trying to make up my mind. And I've been at it for years.




10 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a whole lot of fun taking pictures of all that eye candy.

    Never seen such good looking succulent plants as in the Central Coast, no sunburn, no scorch spots, no dried out old leaves. What deliriously happy plants. Never seen such gorgeous 'Ray Of Light's. Who would have thought lettuce and Agaves would do so well in the same climate?

    Agave 'I Wish I knew What You Are' is that the real name? Not 'Dragon Toes'?

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    1. I agree! The climate on the Central Coast is just dreamy. I went to graduate school in Monterey and never wanted to move away :-)

      'I Wish I Knew What You Are' is my lame attempt at saying that I don't quite know what it is. 'Dragon Toes' is a very good guess. I thought of it as well but the three 'Dragon Toes' I have are not quite the same--mine have lighter teeth. Maybe there's a degree of variability? Or maybe it depends on where they grow? Or maybe mine aren't really 'Dragon Toes'?

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  2. Your readers should click on 1st photo to scroll through them full screen.They are splendid !

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation to embiggen the photos. Some of these pictures literally made me swoon.

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  3. The camera sure loves that agave 'Ray of Light'. I've always been knocked out by pics of it in the Growing Obsession garden, and these are if anything even more appealing. A most stimulating occasion for you! Thanks for sharing these excellent shots.

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing these great photos! Was it really 70? I wanted even more when I got to the end.

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  5. There are too many wonderful combinations here to call out a few. I'm going to bookmark this post for reference when I turn my attention to the succulent bed on the south side of my house.

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  6. That’s a lot of beauty. I really want an Agave guadalajarana 'Leon‘ . . . because I want to point to it and say “that’s Leon”...

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  7. These pics are just gorgeous....I wish my 'ray of light' looked like those! ;)

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  8. Such a shame there wasn't much to see... ;) I'm glad I'm seeing these photos just before I have to bring my potted succulents inside for the winter -- earlier in the year and it would have sent me right out plant shopping!

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