Thursday, October 6, 2011

Succulent Extravaganza in Castroville, CA part 2

Hello again fellow succulent lovers. If you read my previous post you will know why I am excited to get you part 2.  A couple of days ago I posted about the fabulous Succulent Extravaganza event held at the Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA.  What a wonderful event and I can't wait to mark it on my calendar for next year.  In the last post I show'd you mostly the grounds of this terrific nursery so this time we will go inside the greenhouses to show you what super succulents and displays they have.  I still have a couple of shots of special things I saw outside so I will stick them in too!

Tall Succulents

Succulent Gardens did not have a lot of cactus but these succulents were quite beautiful.  I am not sure but I think the tall green succulents are euphorbia candelabrum.  Too the left is one of my favorites Alluaudia procera from Madagascar.


This sleepy ceramic mexican's hat was just stuffed with different color sempervivum, echeveria and crassula.  Check out the pots behind also.  The painted pots with cactus and shrubs were so colorful.  The aeonium 'sunburst' poking out of the pot  on the right really drew me in.  I really wanted to snap one up but alas I didn't have enough money to spend.  I guess I will have to stare at my photos and dream.

My love spills over

Again my mouth was hanging open when I saw this incredible planter.  Succulents of all kinds just spilling over the side.  The colors were just incredible.  I wanted to dive right in and swim around.  And look at the echeveria's tucked in between the rocks looking all happy.  The color contrast is eye popping.  And the Euphorbia tirucalli 'Fire stick" on the left just adds to the scene.

Red Echeveria

 Echeveria Gibbiflora 'Volcano'

Inside the huge greenhouses of Succulent Gardens was a wonderful assortment of beautiful echeveria's.  I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful collection of hybrids ever.  I don't know the name of this beauty but hopefully Debra Baldwin or Robin at Succulent Gardens can help me out.  I could not find a tag but I went home with a small one.  Hee hee!

I would like to thank Tiffany at Succulent Gardens for the name of this wonderful echeveria!

Echeveria 'Etna'

  Echeveria 'Etna'
Those bumps are called caruncles. My husband gave this succulent another name, Elephant man! He is a funny guy.

Thank you so much Tiffany at Succulent Gardens for the correct name for this beauty!

Succulent wall

Near the entrance to Succulent Garden was this large Gazebo.  Each side was covered in this beautiful mosaic carpet of succulents.  So many different varieties and designs.  At lunch time they had a yummy taco vendor.  With so many people all around and the vendor table and canopy I couldn't get a good shot of the whole thing.  So I grabbed a close up of one side.  Such an amazing piece of work.

Succulent wreaths

These succulent wreaths were so perfect.  You could purchase different sizes if I remember right.  They also had kits so you could put them together yourself.  Can you imagine one of these on your front door?  I can!

Succulent Frame

Keeping along the same subject of vertical gardening as the previous photo this beautiful succulent frame was up for grabs.  It is just stuffed with sempervivums, crassulas and echeverias.

Succulent house

Succulent house
I love this!  This just shows the different shapes you can come up with for vertical gardening.

Looky looky

The retail section of Succulent Gardens had great mini displays of wonderful succulents and sculpture. You can see Stan wandering around in the back left of the photo.  Probably trying to find things to hide so I won't buy them! 

Agave love

This display showcased many varieties of beautiful aloes.  Boy I really wanted the varigated one on the bottom right but darn couldn't get it.    It is called Agave Cornelius.  I may have to look for it! And look at that tall kalanchoe.  I had no idea they could grow so tall.

Birds and dreams of tapestry

Birds and dreams of tapestry
Check out this cool garden sculpture. There were a few different birds like this.  Very whimsical.  Now that wall hanging on the left really had me dreaming.  I wanted it soooooo bad.  I have so many succulents in my backyard I know I would have had enough cuttings to fill it up.  Oh well, my dreams will have to wait.

Double the fun

Couple more groups shots of pretties in the retail area.  The pots available were really great.  They even had some talavera items but sorry no pics.  What was I thinking?  That Euphorbia Amak on the left is very tall but there was a bigger one in another area.  They had quite a few Aloe plicatilis 'fan aloe' for sale and planted around the grounds.  See the plant in the front in picture on the right.  I have a little baby and it should take quite a while to get the size of theirs. 

Bloomin Love

Ferocactus peninsulae
So we are back outside again.  I don't know the name of this barrel shaped cactus.  It was in the front planter at the entrance.  You couldn't avoid seeing the flowers.  I have never seen any like these.  It was cool to see the seed pods that had already formed. 

Yeah thanks to Gerhard at Bamboo and More this cactus has a name!

Stripes and hooks

Macro of the cactus flower.  A little blurry but I still like it.

Spiral aloe (Aloe polyphylla)

Spiral aloe (Aloe polyphylla)
One of my favorite aloe's.  This is not mine but I do have one.  It is younger and I have a hard time with it here in Roseville.  They don't like the hot sun we get in the summer.  When these aloes get older that's when you see the perfect spiral.  It can go clockwise and counter clockwise.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and this visual tour of Succulent Gardens.  I am really glad that we made the drive to this wonderful event.  I look forward to next year when they have their 2nd annual Succulent Extravaganza.  If you are in California at the time you should try to stop by.  It's something every succulent lover should see.  

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Joyful said...

Wow! so beautiful.

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Hi, Candy -- Your camera sure does a great job! You found things I missed, like the house planted with succulents. I'm hopeless when it comes to identifying echeveria cultivars. I have a book on them, and I still can't do it with complete confidence. Robin's your best bet. I think the cactus in bloom is a ferocactus, but again, I defer to him. Anyway, wonderful post!

Spiky Obsession said...

Another great set of photos. An amazing place and the variegated agaves to die for :)
Love the vertical planting as well, hope my living picture looks anywhere near that lush when it fills out!

Gerhard Bock said...

Candy, fantastic photos! I'm so glad you posted photos of the sales area where they had all those whimsical planters and decorative items. Like you, I wished I had unlimited funds to spend...

The barrel cactus in bloom in the driveway planting strip is a Ferocactus peninsulae. I don't think any other barrel cactus has striped flowers like that.

I killed my first spiral aloe but the 2nd one is alive and kicking (year 3 now). I keep it away from the afternoon sun in the summer. As you said, it really doesn't like our heat.

What plants did you buy? Would love to see them!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much for the great compliments.
And Debra it is nice to know that even with your expertise you have trouble identifying. There are so many.
And Spiky I hope yours fill out well also. Do you have a post on it. I will check it out.
Thanks Gerhard, I'm thinking that my spiral needs a new pot. Not sure though. Maybe it will do better. And I think I will wait and post my pretties after I get them planted. Hey thanks for the cactus name! Yeah!

Abby said...

Thank you for the pics and the commentary I loved it!!

Gerhard Bock said...

Candy, according to Alan Beverly spiral aloe has an extensive root system and needs a relatively large pot for the size of plant. See

"The roots are very aggressive and will explore the soil volume wherever physical conditions permit. When in doubt select a larger container than you might suspect. An adult plant can be raised in a half-whiskey barrel. Confined roots which circle and girdle other woody plants are not a problem for A.p."

Julie said...

Candy...what a great event...I would love to plan to be there. This would be a cool place for a lot of us succulent folks to meet up next year, if we can save up enough change. I would love to meet you, and so many other succulent fanatics out there in my favorite state!!!

Evelyn said...

Love love love your photos. I love the mosaic and wreaths. Beautiful!

Julie said...

Hey Candy...saw this over on Far Out Flora's blog. If you are near Walnut Creek, CA, you could go HERE tomorrow!!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Julie! I would have gone but was in Southern California and guess where I went. Huntington Gardens!!!! Wow did I take some pictures. It will take about 4 posts to show most the pics. Thanks for the heads up though!

kclily said...

Thank you for taking me along on your trip. I WANT a spiral aloe. It's on my list of must haves now. Great pictures.

Sueli said...

What a beautiful pictures! I loved them. Have a nice week. Sueli

Matt and Bobbie said...

What an incredible place! It looks like you had a great time--I'm envious! I love the succulent wreaths and other vertical plantings. Fun & beautiful!

romance-of-roses said...

What an amazing collection of succulents. All are fabulous can't choose just one, although that elephant man that your husband named is really something else. Hugs...Lu

Mandy said...

I really think I need one of those wreaths!! Everything is absolutely beautiful; love the elephant man!