Monday, February 21, 2011

Succulent House

Front of succulent house

First of all I want to let you know that I am home from Southern California. What a tough two weeks it has been. We have Mom set up with 24/7 home care and she seems to be doing pretty good considering. It was really hard to leave her alone but she is in good hands.

Another thing is that my favorite point and shoot camera decided to break. So thank goodness I had taken out a warranty which would have been up in May. It would not auto flash and it wouldn't macro focus. Aaaah! I have the worst luck with cameras. It's like my body has some weird magnetic field that actually degrades and breaks cameras. Only cameras. I don't drop them or misuse them. They just break in weird ways. So I took my camera into Fry's and they gave me a loaner. I think the pics are terrible. So hopefully I will get mine back fixed soon.

So during my travels in South Pasadena I kept passing this great house. What kept jumping out to me was that the whole front yard was practically all succulents. And the kalanchoe's were all blooming. The fluorescent pink color was so intense and there were so many of them. I've never seen anything like it before. So with all the craziness going on and the weather changing every day I finally snuck out on the last morning and took some pictures!

Crazy Kalanchoe blooms

Here is a shot of some of the amazing Kalanchoe blooms!


Two seperate planters in front of the sidewalk were stuffed with different succulents and low growing grasses.

Other planter at Succulent House

This is the front planter on the left. I love the rocks!

The finale

Here is a shot of the other side of the same planter!

Path through succulents

This side the larger planter had this little grass path running through it and the other side had a rock path. By the way I knocked on the door of the owners house. No one was home though. Darn, I really wanted to see if they would talk succulents with me. Also I was wondering what there back yard looked like!

Giant aeoniums

Lot's of aeoniums in the mix like this beauty about to bloom. Other's were already blooming. And how about that great crassula falcata at the bottom the picture!

More Succulent House

So much beauty everywhere I just couldn't stop taking pictures.


So many succulents and short grasses I couldn't even identify them all. I also loved the fact that they had tall dracena's and nasturtium planted. I think it was a bit overgrown and needed a little tending but it was so great to see. I hope you all enjoy!

Have a great week!


donna said...

Candy, sorry about your tough two weeks. My sister and I are caring for our elderly parents, although my dad is now in a nursing home. It breaks your heart, doesn't it? Your mom should do well with the 24/7 care. I wish her the best.

I registered for a "Fun with Succulents" class at a local greenhouse. Doesn't happen until April.

Your kalanchoe photos are great, in spite of the loaner camera. I need a new one, too.


The Clip Cafe said...

I just love all the diversity and colour! Gorgeous!

Julie said...

Glad you got your Mom situated! It is always hard, living away from them. Best wishes to her!

What a great yard you found! My goodness! Hope your camera gets fixed quick, but these shots are wonderful also! No worries!!! :)

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you all! We are hoping that she does ok. We are the closest relative here in northern Ca.

And Donna your Fun with Succulents class sounds like so much fun! Wish they had something like that here!

Matt and Bobbie said...

I wish your family luck and hope your mom does well. I take care of elderly people in their homes, so I understand how diffucult things can be for people and their families.

The garden is absolutely stunning! I'm glad you stopped to photograph it. So lush and vibrant!

Mandy said...

I'm glad you were able to get your mother taken care of, even though I know it was tough.

This yard is incredible! Loaner camera or not, great pictures!!

Evelyn said...

I love the photos. What a great collection of succulents.

Nat said...

These are absolutely amazing, as a fellow plant nerd I would have lost my mind walking by this place. These photos are beautiful, there is so much variety. I'd have a hard time not knocking on the door to explain my admiration. Thanks for sharing this with us, so awesome!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hi Nat! I know what you mean. I couldn't wait to get to this house to photograph. And I really wanted to talk to the owners but they weren't home. Darn! I am glad I could share them with everyone! said...

I wish your mother the best, hope she gets well soon!

As for this succulent yard, WOW! It's incredible! What a wonderful accomplishment for that homeowner. I too love those Kalanchoe blooms, mine have the very same ones and I'm constantly fascinated.

Once again, all the best to you and your family, take care.


Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Catherine! Things are going very well!