Succulent Extravaganza 2014, Recap

– Posted in: Succulents

That red echeveria really did glow like it was plugged into a light socket. It was at the fourth annual Succulent Extravaganza, which took place at Succulent Gardens nursery near Santa Cruz, Sept. 26-27, 2014. "Attendance was up about 65 percent---approximately 2,000 visitors over two days," nursery owner Robin Stockwell told me. Below: My GGW [...]

Of Succulent Wreaths and Cuttings

– Posted in: Succulents

I'm often asked to recommend sources of succulent cuttings for wreaths, topiaries and other projects. Unfortunately, most online sources sell cuttings for around $1/apiece, which means a wreath---not counting its moss-packed wire donut---may cost $100 to make. But pre-made wreaths available this time of year not only cost much less, they're also a great source [...]

Echeverias in Bloom

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Echeverias, native to Mexico, have the most amazing blooms. They remind me of little lanterns or candy corn. The plants themselves are intriguing too, with lovely rosette shapes and pastel colors that include blue. The flowers range in color from peach and pink.. coral and vibrant orange... ...and pale yellow. This is Echeveria imbricata in bloom, [...]