Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)

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Veltheimia capensis finally blooming

Oct 30, 2014
Veltheimia capensis finally blooming

While I’m not a collector of South African bulbs like Albuca, Brunsvigia, Boophane, Nerine, etc., I bought several veltheimias a few years ago—both Veltheimia capensis and Veltheimia bracteata, the only two species in the genus.

None of them had ever bloomed. Until this week. My Veltheimia capensis finally sent up a...

Fall color in California’s Eastern Sierra

Oct 27, 2014
Fall color in California’s Eastern Sierra

In early October I spent a long weekend in one of my favorite places on earth: California’s Eastern Sierra. If you don’t quite know where that is, don’t feel bad. Many Californians aren’t sure either.

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Fall-flowering rabbitbrush (Ericameria parryi) on Monitor Pass,...

Mexican poppy mystery solved

Oct 26, 2014
Mexican poppy mystery solved

In August noticed this little beauty in the succulent bed along the driveway:

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I conjectured this might be a Mexican poppy, but I didn’t know.

This mystery poppy was still blooming two days ago when a gust of wind finally knocked the...

Time for some R&R (refreshing and rejuvenating)

Oct 23, 2014
Time for some R&R (refreshing and rejuvenating)

R&R is always a good thing. At least that’s what I think. In this case R&R stands for refreshing and rejuvenating, and that’s exactly what I did to several areas in the front yard this past weekend.

Since gardens are a living thing, plants sometimes outgrow their allotted space, they die, or the...

Another visit to Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents

Oct 21, 2014
Another visit to Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents

Candice Suter is one of the nicest, kindest and warmest people you’ll ever meet. She’s also one of the most succulent-obsessed, and proud of it. Known far and wide for her blog and Facebook page “Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents,” Candy has amassed an amazing collection of succulents at her home...

Stinky time again

Oct 19, 2014
Stinky time again

October 11: It’s the middle of October. While most people are thinking of pumpkins in anticipation of Halloween, I’ve been looking forward to something else. Here’s a clue:

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Our front porch will soon be filled with a smell that is, well, quite...

Exploring the Ruth Bancroft Garden, October 2014 edition

Oct 17, 2014
Exploring the Ruth Bancroft Garden, October 2014 edition

It’s no secret, I love plant sales at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. I have my routine down pat. I’m there before the doors open to members at 9am, and I take no prisoners while I have my shopping hat on. But once my wagon is filled with the things I want, I...

October update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

Oct 15, 2014
October update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

As you may remember from an earlier post, one of my Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ (Agave macroacantha × Manfreda maculosa) had gone into flower and the 5x5 ft. Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ by the front door was looking like it would, too.

Time for an update to see how the two of them are...

Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 fall plant sale recap

Oct 13, 2014
Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 fall plant sale recap

The plant sales at the Ruth Bancroft Garden are personal highlights for me. I go every spring and fall, and I always walk about with interesting plants as well as lots of new photos.

Here’s my recap of the 2014 fall sale, held last Saturday.

After the somewhat chaotic

#GBFling14: Danger Garden

Oct 10, 2014
#GBFling14: Danger Garden

It took almost four years, but here it is: post # 1000! I’m dedicating it to a very special garden I had the privilege of visiting in July during the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling: the appropriately named Danger Garden.

I’ve been following Loree Bohl’s fantastic blog for a number...

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