Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Succulent Extravaganza 2014 Part 2 Display Gardens

Let's jump back to the Succulent Extravaganza and take a look at the really fabulous display gardens.  As I said in my previous post this year's theme was Succulents:  The Landscape IS changing.  So Succulent Gardens let many wonderful landscapers come in and do their thing.  And boy did they show off their talents.

I got there the day before and saw some of the installations.  It was fairly warm out and everyone was working hard.  A couple of the landscapers were asked to hold up on finishing their projects until the Extravaganza was under way.  While they worked on it people could ask questions.  It was really an eye opener for me!

I was so inspired I used a couple of ideas in the planting of my new front yard.

Let's start off with Harmony in the Garden by Rebecca Sweet and Bell and Flourish

So much to say about this area.  The planting pulled your eyes in.  They gave you a treat with the beautiful curving flow of plantings.  I can't wait to see as it all fills in.


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This was right by the head of the speakers area and made you stop in your tracks!


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This was taken the day before the Extravaganza started.  Things were still being planted but it already looked fantastic.


Harmony in the Garden by Rebecca Sweet with Bell & Flourish

I loved this variation on the tipping pots.  What a great way to go vertical.


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These Aloe attenuata 'yellow stripe' were so striking.

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The plantings next to the speakers area were so beautiful.  And I sure wish I had gone home with one of those Aloe trees.

Succulent Extravaganza by Bell and Flourish and Ross Landscape Construction

This was by far one of my favorites.  It influenced me to change up my plans for my front yard re-do.  I'll give you more details on that in my next post.  But let me just say that Julia Bell had me in Aw!  I loved this rock wall. filled to the brim with amazing Echeveria's.


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All these rocks were dry stacked.  That means no mortar was used.  It is very difficult let me tell you.  It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  You need to put the rocks together in a way so they fit together with no holes and won't fall over.  Pretty tricky.


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Look how well those rocks are stacked and what a visual impact.


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This is what got me very excited.  Pot's inserted in the rock wall.  They they can be planted also.  Love it!

Repurposed Riot by Bell and Flourish with Maker's West



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Now I really like these rusted iron wall planter's.  There were quite a few hanging on the side of this corrugated building.  I'm sorry to say that I didn't get good photos of their main area of planting which was very cool.  But if you head over to Gerhard Bock's Succulents and More post he got some great shots.


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At first I was grumpy that this panel had a shadow.  But now that I look at the photo I really like it.  You just never know.


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I believe that Julia Bell had this area refurbished also.  The rock wall was added with some areas for sitting.

Grasses, Succulents and,....by John Greenlee

Now I must say that I really didn't understand this large planting area.  All I could see was grasses.  I can tell you that he had some for sale and seemed to be doing a good business.  It just wasn't my thing.


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Xeric-Mix Plants, Patterns and Sticks By Hill and Dale Landscape

Now this landscaper had a tough area to design.  They had a large gas tank, shed and light poles to deal with.  But they incorporated everything in their design and I really like how it turned out.


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Under The Sea Garden by Michael and Danielle Romero

One of my very favorite installations.  Michael and Danielle brought some of the plants from their own yard including the crested Cereus.  And these beautiful volcanic rocks from Mexico are perfect in this landscape.  The nooks and cranny's were perfect places to put plants.  Everything really looks like it grows under the sea!

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Unlike regular lava rocks Michael said that these were very heavy.  They put in lots of work and it paid off.


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Here is a little more detail for you!  Don't those dykia look like starfish.  Michael and Danielle are very talented and nice people also.

The Stone Bench By Andrea Hurd

This woman has a fabulous imagination and was able to create something I would have never thought of.  She took Flagstones and instead of laying them flat she stacked them together on end.  Then she used a grinder to smooth down the top so that it could be used as a bench.  Very ingenious!  And it looks spectacular.


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Gerhard found out from Andrea that she used approximately $600 worth of flagstones to make this project.  Pricey but beautiful and durable.  Would make quite a statement in any garden.

The Living Mandala Garden By Desert Mandala

For this Landscape I wanted a really tall ladder to take photos.  Or maybe I could be hung from a hot air balloon?!  That would be the best way to view this!  So I did the best I could with the photos.


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Nope, not hanging!


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I'm 5' 10"......ok 9", I've shrunk.  And with the camera held over my head this was the best I could do!

Prehistoric Chillin' By Simone Lajeunesse

Now Simone is an employe of Succulent Gardens and a dear friend.  I didn't realize she was so talented.  What a great piece.  I had trouble with shadows in the photo so I will show you my favorite bits!


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A very nasty looking dino wanting a drink of water!


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She planted things in here that were different and didn't look like a normal plant or specimen.  I loved it.


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This made my eyes bug out!  It is an Aeonium that is crested!!!!  I have never seen anything like it before and I was transfixed!  Definitely looks otherworldly!

Succulent Sculpture By Steven Sutherland and Assoc.

The idea of this landscape was to represent an Ocean wave.  When you look at it from the front like this you can imagine the darker rivulet's as water and sand being sucked back into the Ocean while the wave is cresting toward the shore.  The dark green succulents are shadow being cast by the advancing curl.


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From the side was the best way to see that it was indeed a wave.  As these succulents grow it will become more and more apparent.  It was really cool.

Ebony And Ivory By Dat Pham

I'm sorry to say that I didn't get great photos of this.  Again if you go to Succulents and More Gerhard got some great shots.


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This is a photo of Mr. Pham explaining his concept to a group of eager listeners!

Rustic Rampage By Organic Mechanics

James Pettigrew and Sean Stout get my vote for thinking outside the box.  This is amazing use of objects that most people would throw away as junk.  Drainpipes were jammed into the ground and the ends planted.  I think they told me the wooden pieces were wooden cable spools.  They went to a company that makes headstones and got pieces of headstones that were cut off and unusable.  The front was lined with I believe marble cores that were broken.  Very cool!  And when asked how much the recycled glass cost they rubbed there fingers together to mean a lot of money!


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Don't you love it though!


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Don't know what the rusted metal rods were originally used for but they were perfect.


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Don't you love the different colored headstone all in a row at different heights?  I do.


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Last photo from another angle showing what will look like water coming down the spools in the future.  I loved every bit of it.

So there you go.  I also wanted you to know that a wonderful group of Master Gardeners has been assigned to watch and document the progress of these landscapes in the coming months.  It will be interesting to see how they change.

Hope you enjoyed the show.  Next year I hope to see you there!

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Succulent Extravaganza 2014 Grounds and Retail

Robin Stockwell is a man with so much passion.  It shows in everything he does.  On September 26th and 27th I attended the 4th annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery!  This year the theme was Landscaping.  So necessary with California being in such a bad drought.  There were many great surprises this year from Robin and his crew.  I wanted to attend every tour and seminar on the two day agenda.

This year I decided to bring my new canvas red wagon.  It was really handy for hauling all my camera equipment around.  But it was pull, click, pull, click.  I wore myself out.  I finally started to park the thing close by and then wander a bit to take photos.  But that was in between the speakers and tours.  It was crazy funny!

Ok so let's get to the photos!  I took about 400.  Are you ready for a really Guinness world record post.  No just kidding, I would do that to you.  I will show you a bunch and then you are going to have to go to my Facebook page to see more photos.


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I always park my car in the same spot.  Right across the street from the nursery in the dirt.  So this is the left side to the entrance of Succulent Gardens.


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I just love this little shack.  Don't know what's inside but lots of beautiful plants and tapestries hanging from it.  So pretty!


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Who says succulents are boring.  Check out the color and the pots are awesome!


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I saw this broken pot planting two years ago.  So for the past couple of years I have taken a photo of it.  It's getting so big.


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Loved this new tapestry arch that led into a beautiful courtyard filled with beautiful succulents and a bench to rest a bit.


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This was inside the courtyard looking to the right.  I fell in love with this iron Opuntia.  I would love to add one to my cactus garden.  Incredible work of art.


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Let's move into the retail greenhouse.  The Succulent Fanatics set up a table a some of us made some things to show off.  This beautiful pot was planted by a wonderful couple and great landscapers Michael and Danielle Romero.


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This beautiful old silver service set was planted by the fanatical Noreen Fenton!


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This cute broken pot composition was created by Deana Rae McMillon.


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I took one of my hubby's cigar boxes and lined it with plastic.  Then I planted it with succulents.  To keep the lid from falling backwards I strung some beads and attached it to the lid and box.


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I love the retail area.  So much to see and buy!  Look out wallet.  Here are a few pics inside.


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This year they had some really big tree aloes.  I think I could have jammed one in my car but no sunroof!  Ha!


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How Wow is that!


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This broken pot arrangement always stops me in my tracks.


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Lots of Echeveria's to buy.  All different sizes!


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This small pot arrangement really caught my eye.  All green sempervivums with a tiny Echeveria perle von nurnberg added for a bit of color!  Perfect.


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Heading out the back door between greenhouses you find even more beauty.  This chest brimming with bright colors and textures.


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I absolutely adore this area at SG.  This rock wall is stuffed with Echeveria elegans and always looks fantastic.  Wish I could do this in Sacramento but it is too darn hot.  I would have to have a rock wall that was always in the shade.

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This little adobe wall with cutout always catches my attention.


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Aloe swirl collage

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you.  Aloe polyphylla can swirl in either direction!


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So now we are back to the cute little yellow shack.  There is still so much to tell and see.  Next post will be about the beautiful landscapes and speaker plus.  So stay tuned, I am working on it right now.

Until next time please join me on Facebook for more photos!


It's Another Beautiful Day!