Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)

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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...

2014 Succulent Extravaganza wrap-up, part 2

Oct 9, 2014
2014 Succulent Extravaganza wrap-up, part 2

Part 1 of my recap of the 2014 Succulent Extravaganza held at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA at the end of September had 80 photos, and part 2 isn’t going to be much shorter. But I promise you, you’ll be amazed.

For this year’s Extravaganza, Succulent Gardens invited a select...

2014 Succulent Extravaganza wrap-up, part 1

Oct 7, 2014
2014 Succulent Extravaganza wrap-up, part 1

This might be my biggest post ever as far as the number of photos is concerned. I took well over 300 pictures at the recent 2014 Succulent Extravaganza held at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA, and it took much longer than expected to go through them all.

Front yard desert bed—September 2014 update

Sep 30, 2014
Front yard desert bed—September 2014 update

This post continues the coverage of our front yard desert garden project.

At this year’s Succulent Extravaganza, Brian Kemble, the curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden and one of the country’s preeminent succulent experts, continued his tradition of leading folks on a walking tour of...

I didn’t think it would get this big

Sep 28, 2014
I didn’t think it would get this big

I didn’t think it would get this big.

How often do we say that?

I certainly say it frequently enough that by now people might be wondering how somebody who pretends to be reasonably smart can be so dumb.

Case in point: Last October I bought a small agave-leaf sea holly (Eryngium...

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