Solana Succulents is my kind of nursery
My previous post was about Roger's Garden, an upscale destination nursery in Corona del Mar, a wealthy coastal community south of Los Angeles. Roger's Gardens has been around for decades. It has a large loyal clientele, and I bet many of their customers are into decor as much as plants (or even more so). I enjoy visiting Roger's Gardens once or twice a year, however often I happen to be in the area, but it's not really my kind of nursery.
You know what is? Solana Succulents, a small nursery in the coastal town of Solana Beach in northern San Diego county. I've blogged about Solana Succulents before, but their eclectic inventory changes constantly so there's always something new to explore. There are many nooks and crannies in the nursery, as you'll see below. Poking around is not only fun but also completely unpredictable, seeing how you never know what you might find.
A large Aloidendron barberae and several massive cactoid euphorbias, including Euphorbia ammak 'Variegata', grow right in the middle of the nursery. Their silhouettes against the sky make for a dramatic photo:
|I was tempted to buy more cactus, but I have enough already|
|Caudiciforms, too, including Dioscorea elephantipes and Fouquieria splendens|
|Deuterocohnia brevifolia, always cool|
|This area at the entrance to the “backyard” part of the nursery is a combination of display area and sale plants|
|This was one my favorite vignettes on this visit|
|...and this (Hechtia argentea)|
|Tillandsias nestled into the crotch of the large Euphorbia abyssinica|
|Another Deuterocohnia brevifolia, even larger than the other one|
|If softer succulents are more your thing, this is a great one: Portulaca molokiniensis or ʻihi. This is the best known of the handful of succulent species native to the Hawaiian islands. Not frost-hardy, as I know from personal experience.|
|I have no idea what the plant is, but this pot is seriously weird—in a good way (I think) |
|With their chalky leaves, dudleyas are easy to spot|
|Owner Jeff Moore had just picked up a batch of Dudleya brittonii. I couldn't resist.|
|This is the Dudleya brittonii I picked|
|Very few succulent nurseries carry hechtia. Solana Succulents does!|
|I know hechtias aren't everybody's thing, but you've got to admit that this is a beauty!|
|As is this one!|
|Agave macroacantha 'Blue Ribbon'|
|Ghostly Agave titanota among aloes and other agaves|
|Aloe vaombe, its tag cleverly tucked into a hole in a leaf|
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