Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Succulent Extravaganza 2012 The Grounds

If you weren't at the Succulent Extravaganza this year you sure did miss a great succulent event.  The event of the year in my book.  It took place at  Succulent Gardens located in Castroville, CA.   Succulent Gardens is a wholesale/retail nursery that grows over 400 varieties of succulents.  Being just a few miles from the coast it is a beautiful place to grow succulents, the air is fresh and cooler than here in Sacramento.  At Succulent Gardens the succulents can grow to there fullest maximum growth.  Robin Stockwell, owner/grower/manager of  Succulent Gardens and his crew have organized this second annual event and people like myself come from miles away!  There was food, plants and speakers galore.  So let me show you around the growing grounds in this first post!

Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’, Agave attenuata ‘Variegata’, Aeonium canariense hybrid

Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’, Agave attenuata ‘Kara's Stripe’and  Aeonium canariense 'Garnet'

This is in the front of the nursery.  My photo does not do it justice.  You can see Brian Kemble, curator of the Ruth Bancroft garden giving his garden tour.  That man is a wealth of information.

Calandrinia spectabilis

This is looking to the left at the entrance.  In the foreground is one of my new favorites
Calandrinia spectabilis
It flowers all year on these long stems.  The flowers are this beautiful pink color.  It also loves full sun and is great in rock gardens.

Aeonium mosaic

There were so many beautiful Aeoniums at Succulent Gardens.  This is just 4 of the many varieties.

Echeveria imbricata in rock wall

All of the succulent beds were surrounded by these beautiful rock walls.  Succulent like this Echeveria Secunda love to live in the nooks and cranny's!

Agave Attentuata and aeonium arboreum

Agave attentuata 'Kara's stripe' and aeonium arboreum

Echinocactus grusonii

I love this Echinocactus grusonii, it's very photogenic!  LOL

Love this area of Succulent Gardens

I love this beautiful wall, it's one of the entry ways into the retail area of the nursery.  The Agave 'Blue Glow' is such a beautiful color contrast with the Aloe ferox (in the back) and Barrel Cactus.

Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Agave ‘Blue Glow’

Behind the area where we heard the speakers there was this incredible huge bed of Agave 'Blue Flame' and Agave 'Blue Glow!  When the sun came out I went out and got some back lit shots.  You can sure see why they call Agave 'Blue Glow' by it's name.

Agave 'Blue glow'

Here is a row shot.  They don't look real do they?

Agave 'Blue glow' back lit

A close up of the edges of Agave 'Blue Glow'.  I was facing the sun and it was shining through the edges.

Aloe polyphylla all in a row

These Aloe polyphylla were all so perfect!

Aloe polyphylla

Here you can see the beautiful spiral on this amazing aloe!

Agave americana ‘Striata’

Here are a couple of  Agave Americana 'Striata'. 


I'm pretty sure this is Agave Mr. Ripple

Aeonium's forever

I just couldn't get over the Aeonium beds.  I took so many photos of them!  This bed had been replanted fairly recently.  Last year most of the plants were over my head.

Monstrose cereus with golden barrel cactus

This cactus bed was super!  In the back we have tall Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro', Golden Barrel Cactus and in the foreground is a beautiful Cereus Monstrose.

Cereus monstrose close up

Here is a close up for you!  To understand how monstrose happens click here!

I will have another post soon about the speakers, retail area, food and fun!  I had two days of incredible fun. And I can't wait to share it with you!

Until then remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Mark and Gaz said...

Wow Candy, I can't stop admiring the beautiful photos of the individual succulents and the way they were displayed and planted together! It sounded like it was a fun day! Agave 'Blue Flame' and 'Blue Glow'...stunning plants!

Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More) said...

Beautiful photos of a very special nursery. Reading your post felt just like being there. Hey, I *was* there :-). It was great hanging with you and the other succulent gurrls.

Spiky Obsession said...

Great photos. Love the beds crammed full of plants. The blue glows are stunning, just need mine to grow a bit now.

Laura Balaoro said...

Hanging out with all you Succulent Fanatics at the Extravaganza was so much fun. Our pro Candy and Gerhardt had the best photos. Looking forward to next year.

Rohrerbot said...

Very cool selection of plants here the natural patterns that present themselves with these plants. Love how you caught the light on the agave leaves. Have a good weekend.

Lithopsland said...

Your photos are amazing Candy! Love the blue flame! Looks like a wonderful event. Really beautiful plants. Best.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks you all! Loved being with you Gerhard. You are a great friend. I bought a blue glow and it's a baby. Can't wait for it to be big

aspiring said...

Excellent post Candice! SUPER AMAZING PHOTOS! Your enthusiasm and enjoyment really comes through! Thank you!

Julie said...

oh gosh, you bought a blue glow!! how fun! this place is something out of this world. my puny sux pale in comparison to anything in California! absolute heaven on earth there!!!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

I am blushing you guys, thank you so much! Just wait for part 2. And Julie, I love your tire cactus garden. You do a great job where you live.

Eileen Kelly said...

HI Candice, it was wonderful to meet you at the extgravaganza and I look forward to lots of connections via facebook, etc. sharing all of our succulent love! Eileen Kelly

Alain said...

WOW! I admire! Really impressive. Superb photo!

Alain said...

I really like your blog, I put your link on my blog;) My pictures are not as nice as yours.
Have a good day!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

It was really great to meet you too Eileen! And yes I love that Facebook can keep us connected!

And thanks Alain, I am adding you too!

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, fantastic flowers. I am greeting

Denise said...

Wished I could have been there, but your post is the next best thing. Great photos, thanks.