The Neighborhood Plant Exchange in Oakland
If you’re local to the East Bay and are looking for an opportunity to share plants of your own in exchange for other plants you’d like to have around the house or garden, then mark you calendar for the The Neighborhood Plant Exchange later this month.
This year’s event occurs Saturday, March 29th, from 12–4PM, in Oakland. Learn more here.
Also, Odette Pollar, who organizes the bi-annual event, communicated to me that The Exchange is seeking donations of succulent cuttings to use as plant material for making container gardens and other items to sell in order to pay for the non-profit’s costs. I have an abundance of sedum rubrotinctum, so I have and will be donating some more.
If you’d like to contribute to the event in any way, contact her through the website.
Just received some printed versions in the mail of this postcard I designed for the forthcoming Spring Opening & Plant Sale at The Ruth Bancroft Garden. If you’re local to the East Bay and want to check out an incredible assortment of plants and learn about planting a drought-tolerant garden, mark the date on your calendars and plan to attend! I’ll try and remind you again in April, just before the event.
Look, it’s not that I don’t have anything going on in my own garden to show you, cuz there is. (There is I tell you, there is!) But I was stalking a nearby garden and thought it more fun to share these photos of it with you today.
I think they’ve done a real nice job with the colors and the layout. And that’s why I stalk them.
Saw this last week at The Dry Garden and then ran home quick to take a cold shower. Mmm-mmm, that’s one sexy echeveria mama. I think it was ‘Cante,” but I cante remember. (Sorry for that.) Nor could I afford to buy it that day.
I need to find me a source for smaller ones that might be less expensive. Anyone know of one?
Here’s something fun that has neighbors dropping by periodically for visual updates: Aloe vanbalenii, pushing out her first bloom stalks ever. Four of them! I’ll post some other pictures that demonstrate how she earned the name Twisted Sister.
Also, have a looksy at Brother Aloe ‘Hercules’ in the back. He’s super jel because she won the contest “Who Can Bloom First.”
I just climbed in there to see if he was working on a bouquet of flowers (which he’s not), and it made me realize that he’s taller than I am now by several inches! He’s almost 6 feet tall! I can’t wait until he starts multi-branching out and gets all “too cool for school.”
P.S. I just measured Aloe vanbalenii and from tip to tip (if I uncurled them), she’s about 6 feet wide. But girls don’t like to win that contest. No one does really. No one.
I was extra happy to find these guys (in Phoenix) with a tag on them ‘cause I had seen this same compact agave recently during a bike ride in Palm Springs. I wanted to pedal straight to a nursery and buy it, but I didn’t know the name. Now I do. Agave macroacantha
Do you think those cats at cactusjungle sell it? Hmmm?