Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Carmichael Cactus & Succulent Society

I finally did it! After growing succulents for over 10 years I joined a local Cactus and Succulent group. It's the Carmichael affiliate of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America. I can't believe I didn't join sooner. I picked a perfect opportunity also. I found out that the group was going to have their annual Show & Sale. When I first walked in the clubhouse I was welcomed with open arms. Very wonderful people were there to greet people as they came in. And there was quite a turn out. I immediately filled out my application form and then went in the show and sale.


There were tables and tables of wonderful succulent specimen's. I couldn't stop looking around everywhere. Members of the society could bring and display some of their most prized specimen's. Each one was labeled with the name, origin and owner.

Succulents galore

They had almost every type of succulent displayed.

& More

Check out the beautiful lithops in the front center and left! I wish I could have taken photos of each specimen but I would have had to spend the whole weekend there! LOL

My eyes were buggin out!

A lot of the succulents were blooming and the colors were incredible!

Succulent Shoes

Check out these succulent shoes! Now that is something I never thought of before!

Succulent Boots

And who would have thought, SUCCULENT ARMY BOOTS!
So start digging in those attics and old foot lockers!

For Sale

And then there was the sale. This is just a small part of it.

And more!

More plants to buy! Now I will show you some individual pics I took of some great succulents!

Haworthia Maughanii from S. Africa

Haworthia Maughanii from S. Africa

Euphorbia Amak crest

Euphorbia Ammak crest. One of my favorites!

Schizohasis intricata from S. Africa

Isn't this one interesting? It's called Schizohasis intricata from S. Africa.

The Agave's

Just had to show you this table of beautiful succulent specimens. It starts with different agave's in the foreground.

Me and Norm

This is a shot of me and my friend Norm. He has a home here in town with the most incredible cactus specimens I have ever seen. Hopefully the club will be able to visit his home and I will take pictures. If not he said I could go visit. I went to his home about 4 years ago and he gave me a trunk load of cuttings. Every one of them has survived and become quite huge. I showed him some pictures I brought along in a photo album. The best part of my day was him saying he was proud of me. Wow! It felt really great. He is a wonderful man and I look forward to seeing him more often.

So my visit was awesome and I made some new friends. So the first Thursday of every month you know where I will be.....at a CC&SS meeting. And to top it off I hear they have a great spread. Hee hee!

To see more photos check out my flickr photostream.

It's Another Beautiful Day


Spiky Obsession said...

Well done for joining. I keep meaning to join mine. And looks like a wonderful show with lots of great plants.

Cindy said...

Wow! Looks like Carmichael puts the Orange County CSS to shame! I'm off to see your Flickr pics now.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

how cool! i wish i was milling around there!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you guys! I am jazzed. And come to find out I just got the newletter and we are going to Norm's house next Thursday! Yay!

Julie said...

Oh my gosh, Candy! What an amazing group with all of their gorgeous specimens! How did I miss this post of yours??? WOWZERS! I sure wish I could fly out for a meeting! Yeah, right...lunch and a meeting in California...sounds fantastic!!! LOL.

I found a little blurb for you on planting your euphorbia directly HERE!! Sounds like fun!

Julie said...

BTW...I think I will slowly start putting all my screenroom succulents into shoes...that would be quite a fun collection!!! Thanks for the great pictures and ideas!!!

Julie said...

And wouldn't that make a neat gift idea???

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You are so right Julie, awesome gift idea! Just make sure the shoes are not stinky! LOL And thanks for the link I will check it out and see if it will help.

By the way, did I tell you that you are just a kick! Love it! Wish we lived closer and you could come to meetings.

Evelyn said...

Wow Candy, what a great collection Love them all!

Diane AZ said...

How fascinating! I especially like the army boots, the amazing Euphorbia Ammak crest and the Schizohasis intricata. You must have had a great time. :)

Megan said...

Awesome! We're SF Succulent Society members, and have brought tons of cool stuff you'd never in a nursery home. The SF show & sale is coming up June 11th & 12th if you feel like taking a road trip :)

Matt and Bobbie said...

Ok, first of all, I would FREAK just at the sale, let alone all the beautiful plants on display. You did a wonderful job of capturing the plants and the setting. I love them all! Great post!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wow Megan that is awesome. I think our group has a bus trip planned for the 11th. I hope to go! I would love to meet you and Matti!

Thanks so much Matt and Bobbie! What a great compliment. I did buy some new babies don't worry. I couldn't leave with out some.

So what do you guys think of my new header logo? Is it too much? Or do I need my name with a pic!

Nat said...

Your blog is so cool, I'm jealous of your cactus show, must have been a great time!

seedlingsofexpression said...

Omg I am so jealous! I'd love to join something like that where I live! Great photos!

seedlingsofexpression said...

Thanks to your blog, I looked for a cactus society in my area as well. I think I'm gonna join!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

That is so awesome I can't wait to see some posts of your meetings and other awesome suc's!