Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oasis Water Efficient Gardens with Debra and Cindy part Two

This is the second post on Oasis Water Efficient Gardens. You can view part one right here.  I took so many photos that I needed to split it up.  And as I discovered could easily be broken up into three parts.  But I am a procrastinator so I'm not going to do that to you.   If you remember back in July of this year I got to spend some time with two wonderful woman, that love succulents as much as I do.  Debra Lee Baldwin photographer and author of Succulent Container Gardens and Designing with Succulents was so gracious in showing us some of the most beautiful nurseries and awesome succulents.  I will never forget my time there.

A little background on the nursery.  There primary goal is to provide exceptional selection and quality, along with knowledgeable and friendly customer service.  And I can attest to the fact that the selection and quality of the succulents was A++.  I did not see one blemish on any plant.  And Carmen Contreras was there to answer any questions we might have.  The business started in the Fall of 2010 specializing in cacti and succulents.  But they do also have some really great drought tolerant perennials and shrubs.  As stated by Carmen Contreras, nursery manager at Oasis, "On our property, we have several display gardens designed to inspire those considering a change to a more water efficient garden or offer new possibilities’ to those who already have. It’s a great opportunity for people to see how the plants perform in real garden situations – day in and day out 365 day/year. Unless a plant has no chance of survival, we leave them be. We want our customers to get an accurate representation of how these plants respond to their environment. Of course, we do provide our plants with the necessary maintenance and care they deserve. All this allows us to pass our experiences’ along to our customers."  

The following are my favorite photos and plants of the display gardens.  We had the best time wandering around this lovely garden, taking photos and discussing succulents.  

Succulent rooftop

This succulent rooftop composition was so beautiful!  Succulents can provide quite a bit of insulation and look so beautiful also.


Succulent rooftop

A close up of part of the roof top for you!


Senecio anteuphorbium

Senecio anteuphorbium

Pedilanthus sp. mini Lady Slippers

Pedilanthus sp. mini Lady Fingers
The flowers at of the tip of each leaf look like little tiny red slippers!


Blooming agave

Agave Colorata hybrid


Agave colorata hybrid bloom

Agave Colorata hybrid bloom

Kalanchoe luciae 2

Kalanchoe luciae
This kalanchoe just loved it in this display garden.  It was getting the full California sun!


Euphorbia tirucallii 1


Euphorbia tirucallii 'Fire sticks'

Euphorbia mauritanica 'Golden Spurge'

Euphorbia mauritanica 'Golden Spurge'

Euphorbia mammillaris varigata

Euphorbia mammillaris varigata

Euphorbia ammak variegata

Euphorbia ammak variegata

Echium fastuosum

Echium fastuosum

Echeveria hybrid 'Crimson Tide' 1

Echeveria hybrid 'Crimson Tide'
I fell in love with this echeveria!  I love the wrinkled leaves and the color is beautiful.


Dudleya candida 1

Dudleya candida

Cotyledon orbiculata var. flanaganii

Cotyledon orbiculata var. flanaganii

Cotyledon 'Chalk Fingers'

Cotyledon 'Chalk Fingers'

Centaurea cineraria

Centaurea cineraria

Agave vilmoriniana 'Octopus agave'

Agave vilmoriniana 'Octopus Agave' with Echinocactus Grusonii 'Golden Barrel Cactus and Senecio mandraliscae (Kleinia) 'Blue chalk fingers'

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'

Agave celsii albicans

Agave celsii albicans

Agave americana 'Medio-Picta Alba'

Agave americana 'Medio-Picta Alba'

Sedum river

At the end of the display gardens we saw this beautiful river of sedums.   Oasis has been able to grow sedum in mats so that you can just take the whole flat and lay it on your soil.  It's all ready to take root and grow!  What a great idea!

So as you can see we had a fabulous time at this nursery!  I could have taken a van full of these succulents home with me but darn it we had absolutely no room.  The prices were really great.  I encourage anyone in the area to visit this wonderful nursery.  Check it out and get the address from their website here.

Thank you so much for sticking with me while I take forever to blog.  I do have a lot of fun on my facebook page also which you can check out.  I love to share photos and great ideas from others!

So until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!












12 comments:

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Great shots, Candy! Love the ones of the dudleya, Kalanchoe luciae and Agave vilmoriniana especially. It sure was hot that day. We were wilting, but the plants didn't seem to mind.

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Steve said...

Great pics ;) I like seeing how plants look in different parts of the country can look so different. The Kalanchoe luciae looks amazing, so red and with wavy leaves. I have a Kalanchoe luciae also, but have to keep it in partial sun, so it stays really green or otherwise it just completely frys. Oh Texas sun! Keep up the great blog, it´s an inspiration.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks so much you both! Yes Debra it was a hot day. But I would not have traded it for the world.

And thanks Steve, don't worry I may be a procrastinator but I won't stop!

Julie said...

Hey Candy! You must be the luckiest girl in the world!!!!!

That Kalanchoe luciae is GORGEOSA!!!!

I love Dudleya!

You have given me an idea with the picture of the small "rooftop" garden. I have another large tree succulent, a ponytail palm, in my front yard. It is competing for space with a huge tree in our swale. I think I will cut the ponytail to a stump and attach one of these small gardens to the top, for a pretty display in front yard.

Thanks again, Candy for all your wonderfully photographed succulents!!!!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You are so welcome Julie! Wow that sounds sooooo cool! I hope you do a post on it and let me know. And thank you so much sweetheart!

Stephanie said...

You have never fail to impress with more and more gorgeous succulents. I always find a new succulent here. That Dudleya candida is really something! Thanks for shooting this photos. Looks pretty hot there. Remember to drink lots of water ;-)

Spiky Obsession said...

Great place. Love the first photo of the green roof. I am planning a few of these at my new house, one for the bin store.

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Oh wow, beautiful pictures!! I sure wish my Euphorbia 'Stick on Fire' would start turning. And that Octopus Agave...wow...stunning!
Thanks for sharing
Debbie :)

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Mine have never turned so red either! And I have some in full sun. I am wondering if this is a different cultivar?

Alain said...

WOW! I just discovered your blog! Really great! I love your photos, you have very beautiful plants.
Alain from Belgium

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Yea Alain, I am so glad you found me! Thank you for the great compliments!