Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)

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Why are there dogs and eyeballs in my succulents?

Jul 18, 2015
Why are there dogs and eyeballs in my succulents?

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with this image fresh in your head:

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At best you feel uneasy. At worst you're afraid of going back to sleep.

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Why is it that...

Return to the Danger Garden, Portland, OR

Jul 16, 2015
Return to the Danger Garden, Portland, OR

Like many of you, I’ve been a long-time reader of Loree Bohl’s blog Danger Garden. During and after the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling, I had the opportunity to visit Loree’s garden in Portland, OR not only once, but twice. I was in heaven! In my October 10,...

Agave bulbils—hundreds, maybe thousands of them!

Jul 13, 2015
Agave bulbils—hundreds, maybe thousands of them!

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the next installment in my ongoing saga centering on the Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ near our front door. It began to flower about nine months ago. The last time I wrote about it, on May 13, the first bulbils began to emerge. Now there...

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

Jul 11, 2015
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

With almost a million visitors a year, Butchart Gardens is the most popular botanical garden in all of North America. Talk to friends and relatives, and you’ll be surprised by how many of them have been there, even if it was a long time ago. Some of the infrastructure may have been upgraded...

2015 PNW trip day 15: Seaside to Bandon, OR

Jul 8, 2015
2015 PNW trip day 15: Seaside to Bandon, OR

Before we left Seaside, OR I took a stroll through downtown and along the oceanfront promenade. The public plantings along Broadway Street, the main drag, were remarkably varied. I found quite a few of the foliage and flower combinations to be truly beautiful. Hats off to Seaside for not going the dime-a-dozen route.

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2015 PNW trip day 14: Forks, WA to Seaside, OR

Jul 7, 2015
2015 PNW trip day 14: Forks, WA to Seaside, OR

On most of our trip, daytime temperatures have been in the 90s, with the Pacific Northwest firmly in the throes of a prolonged heat wave. You can imagine how happy we were when the overcast sky that had greeted us yesterday in Forks, WA was still around today. In fact, it stuck with...

2015 PNW trip day 11-13: Vashon Island to Forks, WA

Jul 6, 2015
2015 PNW trip day 11-13: Vashon Island to Forks, WA

In my last post we were saying goodbye to Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Early on July 3 we took the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, WA and from there headed to friends’ house south of Seattle. On the Fourth of July we went to...

2015 PNW trip day 10: Victoria, BC

Jul 3, 2015
2015 PNW trip day 10: Victoria, BC

This morning we visited Butchart Gardens, with close to a million visitors a year one of the most popular public gardens in North America. Located in Brentwood Bay about 15 miles to the northwest of Victoria, the garden was started in the early 1900s by Robert and Jennie Butchart. They made their...

2015 PNW trip day 9: Canada Day in Victoria, BC

Jul 2, 2015
2015 PNW trip day 9: Canada Day in Victoria, BC

Today is Canada’s birthday. 148 years ago, on July 1, 1867, the British North America Act turned New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the United Province of Canada into one country called Canada. It technically remained under control of the British parliament until 1982 when Canada received its own

2015 PNW trip day 8: Vancouver to Nanaimo, BC

Jul 1, 2015
2015 PNW trip day 8: Vancouver to Nanaimo, BC

We ended our three-day stay in Vancouver with a walk among the trees—75 feet above ground. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway at the UBC Botanical Garden (UBCBG) is a series of suspension bridges that connect platforms attached to trees. The UBCBG website describes it like this:

The Greenheart...

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