Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)

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Drive-by agave sighting

Apr 26, 2015
Drive-by agave sighting

Whenever I drive to the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, I see a row of Agave ‘Blue Glow’ in front of an office building not far from the RBG. Yesterday I finally stopped to take a closer look. It turns out the landscaping is even more diverse than I...

Happy Earth Day!

Apr 22, 2015
Happy Earth Day!

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. To celebrate, I took some photos in the garden during my lunch break. There’s so much beauty all around us, let’s not forget to appreciate it as often as we can.

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Aloe melanacantha

Landscaping that sets a good example: La Jolla condo complex

Apr 21, 2015
Landscaping that sets a good example: La Jolla condo complex

Time was tight on our recent trip to San Diego so I didn’t get to drive through residential areas to see what kind of landscaping San Diegans might prefer. Is it yards filled with water-wise plants, with nary a lawn in sight? At least that’s the vision I have in my...

Finally switching to better plant tags

Apr 19, 2015
Finally switching to better plant tags

I’m sure you know how it is. Eventually the plastic tags that come with plants get brittle and crumble.

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Or they just vanish into thin air without a trace. For some reason, this always seems to happen with plants I can’t identify...

Green Acres in Elk Grove: the newest nursery in the Sacramento area

Apr 17, 2015
Green Acres in Elk Grove: the newest nursery in the Sacramento area

While the Sacramento metro area is home to 2.2 million people (#26 in the nation for population), the opening of a new nursery is not a common event. In fact, the trend over the last 10 years has been going in the other direction, with several cherished nurseries closing during the

Fence-top cactus flowers

Apr 16, 2015
Fence-top cactus flowers

I keep any number of potted succulents on top of the 4-foot fence that separates our front yard into a “public” planting strip adjacent to the sidewalk and a “private” garden with a small lawn and more planting beds. Nothing has ever been stolen, and the only time something fell off was during...

Spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Apr 14, 2015
Spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

After I’d done all the damage I could at the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s spring plant sale last Saturday, I took a leisurely stroll through the garden. I’ve been here so many times, I’m always afraid of running out of things to photograph. Fortunately, the garden continues to evolve and I always...

Ruth Bancroft Garden 2015 spring plant sale: bigger, better, and longer

Apr 12, 2015
Ruth Bancroft Garden 2015 spring plant sale: bigger, better, and longer

Yesterday (April 11, 2015) was the 2015 spring plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA. Or, to be more correct, it was the start of the spring plant sale. For the first time, the plant sale will run for six days. If you weren’t able to make...

Bamboos at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Apr 10, 2015
Bamboos at the San Diego Botanic Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) has the largest public bamboo collection in the United States, comprising 121 taxa from Asia, South Africa and even Africa. In January 2014, it received accreditation by the North American Plant Collections Consortium as a National Collection.

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Quick tour of the San Diego Botanic Garden

Apr 9, 2015
Quick tour of the San Diego Botanic Garden

At 37 acres, the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) isn’t immense but it still takes time to explore the 30+ distinct gardens that are accessible via four miles of trails. Since we only had half a day, we had to prioritize and ended up skipping the areas that weren’t that compelling to...

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