Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More)

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1,000 likes on Facebook

Feb 24, 2014
1,000 likes on Facebook

I’m very excited: Succulents and More just received its 1000th like on Facebook!

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My Facebook page updates automatically when I add a new blog post so you can access my latest blog posts from there. In addition, I post a Photo of the...

Making hypertufa pots—day 2 update

Feb 23, 2014
Making hypertufa pots—day 2 update

Here is a quick update to yesterday’s post on making hypertufa pots. I didn’t think I’d have something to show so soon but I do.

I checked the pots yesterday afternoon, about 7 hours after I’d make them. They had set enough to make drain holes. I used an apple...

Making hypertufa pots for the first time

Feb 22, 2014
Making hypertufa pots for the first time

I’ve been wanting to making hypertufa pots for years. As is the case with so many things, however, I never got around to it. Until today. I finally had everything I needed—including spare time—so there was no more excuse.

There are many different recipes for hypertufa but typically it is made of...

What I saw on the way to the Wave Garden

Feb 20, 2014
What I saw on the way to the Wave Garden

When we visited the Wave Garden in Point Richmond on Presidents Day, we ended up parking a few blocks away because we didn’t know where entrance was (it’s at the end of Grandview Court). I enjoyed the short walk because we saw quite a few interesting sights on the way.

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Wave Garden, Point Richmond, CA

Feb 19, 2014
Wave Garden, Point Richmond, CA

In the spring of 2013 I heard about a mysterious garden overlooking San Francisco Bay that features stunning concrete work and the most amazing array of plants. Called the Wave Garden, it isn’t a public garden, yet it’s open to the public. I never got around to visiting at the time but the...

Big changes coming to the front yard

Feb 17, 2014
Big changes coming to the front yard

There is one side of the front yard I rarely show:

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It is dominated by a Japanese mock orange hedge (Pittosporum tobira). This hedge might look decent elsewhere but here it is crammed into a 48-foot by 6-foot planting strip and needs constant...

Daphne for Valentine’s Day

Feb 16, 2014
Daphne for Valentine’s Day

Instead of cut flowers, this is what I gave my wife for Valentine’s Day:

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Daphne odora ‘Maejima’

A wonderfully fragrant daphne with particularly striking variegation. This relatively recent introduction is called ‘Maejima’. The cream-colored leaf margins are wider than in the more common...

Entrance plantings at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Feb 14, 2014
Entrance plantings at Ruth Bancroft Garden

When I visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) in Walnut Creek, I typically focus on what’s inside the walls. Last Saturday, after the Lover’s Day Aloe Tour was over, I decided to photograph what’s outside the gate at 1552 Bancroft Road: the entrance garden. It’s not a big area,...

Lover’s Day Aloe Tour at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Feb 11, 2014
Lover’s Day Aloe Tour at Ruth Bancroft Garden

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, last Saturday, February 8, 2014, was Lover’s Day at the Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) in Walnut Creek. Under the motto “Aloes Are for Lovers – Bring Your Valentine to the Garden” RBG offered three guided tours showcasing the aloes in the garden, many of which were in bloom.

Saturday...

Garden Inspiration: Aloes at UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley

Feb 9, 2014
Garden Inspiration: Aloes at UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley

Last Thursday, I went to the first public sale of the year at UC Botanical Garden’s Landscape Cacti and Succulents Nursery. I used this opportunity for a quick walk through the South African Collection. As expected, quite a few aloes were in bloom.

To me, flowers are the icing...

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