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 ‘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.
This is looking to the left at the entrance. In the foreground is one of my new favorites
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.
There were so many beautiful Aeoniums at Succulent Gardens. This is just 4 of the many varieties.
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 'Kara's stripe' and aeonium arboreum
I love this Echinocactus grusonii, it's very photogenic! LOL
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.
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.
Here is a row shot. They don't look real do they?
A close up of the edges of Agave 'Blue Glow'. I was facing the sun and it was shining through the edges.
These Aloe polyphylla were all so perfect!
Here you can see the beautiful spiral on this amazing aloe!
Here are a couple of Agave Americana 'Striata'.
I'm pretty sure this is Agave Mr. Ripple
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.
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.
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!