Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)

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Flowering aloes on the UC Davis campus (end of February 2015)

Mar 3, 2015
Flowering aloes on the UC Davis campus (end of February 2015)

I finally found time to check on the aloes on the UC Davis campus. I hadn’t been back since my last post on December 26 but fortunately it looks like my timing was just right.

This outing also gave me an opportunity to test-drive a fun lens I just bought...

Planting out my Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’

Feb 28, 2015
Planting out my Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’

If you read my recent posts (1 2), you know that my current plant crush is Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’. I bought a 5-gallon plant two weeks ago at the grand opening of the newly enlarged Ruth Bancroft Garden nursery and I know right away where I wanted it...

End-of-February color

Feb 27, 2015
End-of-February color

This post was supposed to be about something else entirely: rain. Last night the weather forecast predicted a 40% chance of rain this morning, and again this afternoon. Guess what? None of it materialized. As if that’s anything new. So, instead of pictures of H2O falling from the sky you get pictures of flowers...

Ruth Bancroft Garden in February 2015

Feb 25, 2015
Ruth Bancroft Garden in February 2015

Sorry it took me the better part of a week to post more pictures from my visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden last Saturday but I had 200+ photos to go through. You’d think that after having been there so many times I’d run out of things to photograph, but the...

Expanded retail nursery at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Feb 22, 2015
Expanded retail nursery at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

I never need an excuse to visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) in Walnut Creek, but it’s even better when I have a real reason for going. Yesterday (February 21, 2015) was the grand opening of the new section of the RBG’s retail nursery. Needless to say I had to check...

This Crème Brûlée isn’t so tasty

Feb 19, 2015
This Crème Brûlée isn’t so tasty

While we had above-average rain in early and mid-December, there has been very little precipitation since then. In addition, the coldest temperature we’ve had this winter was 28°F on January 2 and 3, and that only lasted for a couple of hours each time.

With this in mind, it’s even more...

Random San Francisco aeonium & tillandsia sighting

Feb 17, 2015
Random San Francisco aeonium & tillandsia sighting

We had an appointment in San Francisco yesterday, and even though plants or photography weren’t on the agenda, I managed to snap a few photos on my daughter’s iPhone. While the image quality isn’t as good as my Canon DSLR, it’s still pretty decent considering this is a phone, not a camera.

Partial front yard makeover: from banana and lemon to cactus and agaves

Feb 15, 2015
Partial front yard makeover: from banana and lemon to cactus and agaves

Rule 1 of documenting a makeover project: take decent photos of the “before.” That’s exactly what I didn’t do on our most recent project. Instead of taking pictures when the light was good, I waited until the last minute when it was too contrasty. But at least the “after” photos look pretty good.

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Update on aloes in our garden

Feb 12, 2015
Update on aloes in our garden

After my lengthy two-part post about agaves at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix it’s time to take a look at what’s going on at home.

A handful of aloes have been teasing me with flowers for what seems like months. After a series of sunny days—and...

Agaves at the Desert Botanical Garden (M—Z)

Feb 10, 2015
Agaves at the Desert Botanical Garden (M—Z)

Click here to go to part one of this post: agave species A—L.

AGAVE MACROACANTHA

Native to: Central Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla)

Hardy to: 25°F

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