Monday, December 16, 2019

Favorite succulent photos of 2019

This year, I've published 106 posts containing some 2,600 photos. That number surprised even me! Granted, many of them are utilitarian—merely meant to illustrate something that happened or something I was working on. But more than half of them are actually nice, especially the ones from trips or garden visits. It's a shame their shelf life is so limited and the odds that they're viewed more than once are close to zero.

With that in mind, I've picked 60+ of my favorite succulent-themed images that appeared in 2019 posts, essentially giving them a second chance to be seen.

I've sequenced the images so there's a logical flow, either based on subject matter or location, or on color or texture. I hope you'll enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them.

Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) east of Yucca, AZ

Jan Emming's Destination:Forever Ranch near Yucca, AZ 

Opuntia lindheimeri and petrified wood, Bach's Cactus Nursery in Tucson, AZ

Prickly pear and cholla, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ

Cactus and bromeliads, Lotusland, Montecito, CA

Private cactus wonderland, Rancho Diablo, East Bay, CA

Yucca rostrata in flower, Huntington Desert Garden, San Marino, CA

Greg Starr's private garden, Tucson, AZ

Cleistocactus straussii, Mammillaria geminispina, and Agave ovatifoliaHuntington Desert Garden, San Marino, CA

Agave victoria-reginae, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

Agave victoria-reginae, John Bleck Garden, Goleta, CA

Agave victoria-reginaeGreg Starr's private garden, Tucson, AZ

Agave albopilosa, Aloes in Wonderland, Santa Barbara, CA

Mammillaria sp., Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ

Agave franzosinii and Agave impressa, St. Francis Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Agave ovatifolia and Ferocactus pringlei, Jan Emming's Destination:Forever Ranch near Yucca, AZ 

Echinocactus grusonii and Agave shreveiRon Parker's private garden, Fountain Hills, AZ

Agave parryiBach's Cactus Nursery in Tucson, AZ

Agave parrasanaTohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ

Agave simplex, Waterman Mountains, near Tucson, AZ

Agave ovatifolia, Plant Depot Nursery, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Agave salmiana var. ferox 'Mediopicta', St. Francis Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Queensland bottle tree (Brachychiton rupestris), agaves, opuntias, yuccas, and California poppies, St. Francis Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Aloidendron barberae, Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach, CA

Aloe 'Moonglow' and Aloe petricola in our front yard, Davis, CA

Aloe 'Moonglow' in our front yard, Davis, CA

Aloe 'Moonglow' in our front yard, Davis, CA

Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells' in our front yard, Davis, CA

Rebutia sp. in all its floral glory, Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale

Agave 'Blue Flame' and Callistemon viminalis 'Little John', garden of Marilyn Moyer and Peder Samuelson, San Francisco Peninsula, CA

Agave 'Blue Flame' and Aeonium sp., Huntington Desert Garden, San Marino, CA

Aloe polyphylla, Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA

Undescribed Hechtia species, our front yard, Davis, CA

Agave bovicornuta, our front yard, Davis, CA

Agave cupreata, our front yard, Davis, CA

Agave 'Mad Cow', our front yard, Davis, CA

Agave xylonacanthaRon Parker's private garden, Fountain Hills, AZ

Echeveria elegansgarden of Marilyn Moyer and Peder Samuelson, San Francisco Peninsula, CA

Alien-looking echeveria, Mark R's private garden, Piedmont, CA

Echeveria canteRuth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA

Dudleya farinosa, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley, CA

Succulent tapestry, Mathew McGrath's private garden, Kensington, CA

Rare yellow-spined form of Ferocactus wislizeniPima Prickly Park, Tucson, AZ

Ariocarpus fissuratus, Starr Nursery, Tucson, AZ

Fiercely armed Ferocactus rectispinus, Jan Emming's Destination:Forever Ranch near Yucca, AZ

Ferocactus gracilis ssp. coloratusPima Prickly Park, Tucson, AZ

Ferocactus emoryi, our front garden, Davis, CA

Aloe dorotheae, our front garden, Davis, CA

Hechtia 'Wildfire', our front garden, Davis, CA

Hechtia fosteriana, our front garden, Davis, CA

×Mangave 'Purple People Eater', our front garden, Davis, CA

×Mangave 'Mayan Queen', our front garden, Davis, CA

×Mangave 'Kaleidoscope', Jeanne Meadows' private garden, Fallbrook, CA

I can't wait to take many more photos on my post-Christmas trip to Arizona—and beyond in 2020.


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12 comments:

  1. So many awesome photos. Must have been a challenge to narrow your collection down to a few. You need to seriously consider a book.

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    1. Thank you for being so supportive. I think doing a photo book would actually be a lot of fun!

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  2. There are some real beauties in there! A couple of things that struck me:
    1. You really cover a lot of ground with your travels
    2. While some of these are world class locations (The Huntington) or famous collectors/nursery gardens (Greg Star, John Bleck) the photos from your own garden blend right in. Your collecting and planting design chops are serious!

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    1. #2 warms my heart like you wouldn't believe, esp. coming from somebody of your caliber. Thank you!

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  3. All absolutely fabulous, Gerhard. I agree with Elaine - you should seriously consider creating a book.

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    1. Maybe I'll start on a book in the new year. Self-publishing makes it possible now!

      Thank you for your encouragement!

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  4. Love this post Gerhard ! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.I bet it was hard to choose out of so many great images. Let me know when you start excepting pre-orders for the book !

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    1. I started a few weeks ago and kept adding and subtracting 🤪.

      Preorders! You crack me up.

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  5. Wonderful photos. 60-some hardly seems enough.

    Really looking forward to the first flowers from Aloe 'Moonglow' I hope they are as pretty as yours.

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  6. I really like the "best of..." idea for end of year post. Having to pick just 60 out of 2600 is daunting. Absolutely wonderful collection of beauties.

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  7. Yes, do a book Gerhard! Love your blog...

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  8. Wonderful images showing what an incredible year you have had! Hope the next trip to the desert will be just as exciting and plant-filled.

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