Update on Kyle's garden in Sacramento and Tahoe Park Garden Tour

If you’ve been following Succulents and More for a while, you’ve probably seen the garden of my geologist friend Kyle in Sacramento ( here , here , here , and here ). It’s been 10 months since my last post. Kyle is a very active gardener, and things have changed – a lot. There are more rocks and more plants, not just succulents, but also California natives and perennials. Let’s take a look. In the front, Kyle expanded the planting strip by converting more lawn. I joke about the lawn disappearing altogether some day. That isn’t likely to happen because the two trees in the front yard need to be watered; irrigating the lawn also provides water to the trees. Look at the way the echeverias at the front are tucked into the rock Closer to the house, there are a few surprises, including a Leucospermum  'Starlight' and a Japanese maple with burgundy leaves: One thing ties everything together, both in the front yard and in the back: the rocks. Kyle’s garden has more rocks than any other

A succulent nursery in the Gold Country

What we call the Gold Country is the area on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada where gold was discovered by James Marshall on January 24, 1848, triggering the California Gold Rush . Marshall found gold while working on building Sutter’s Mill , a water-powered sawmill on the South Fork of the American River in the settlement of Coloma . And that’s where my frequent partner-in-crime Kyle and I were headed last weekend, not to pan for gold, but to visit a modern-day pioneer who is establishing a small succulent nursery outside of Coloma. Amie Frisch in her greenhouse After leaving the Bay Area three years ago, Amie Frisch has been living in Coloma full-time, developing her 20-acre parcel of land and building her first greenhouse. At 20 ft. wide by 40 ft. long, it looks huge to me (the little greenhouse in my backyard is only 7 ft. × 8 ft.). But it will be dwarfed by the second greenhouse Amie is planning; that one will be 70 ft. long! Amie specializes in Crassulaceae , i.e. plants