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Huntington Desert Garden, finally

Huntington Desert Garden, finally

The Desert Garden at the Huntington in Pasadena, CA is one of the oldest and most revered succulent gardens in the world. It’s been at the very top of my must-see list for many years, and today I finally got a chance to visit it. This post is just a teaser. I...

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2014 Desert Trip index

2014 Desert Trip index

This index lists all the posts from my 2014 Desert Trip to Southern California and Arizona: Huntington Desert Garden, finally (Pasadena, CA; 12/27/14) Two Palm Springs must-sees for succulent lovers (Palm Springs, CA; 12/28/14)  

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Blooming business school agaves

Dec 27, 2014
Blooming business school agaves

We took advantage of the beautiful weather on Christmas Day to take a walk in the UC Davis Arboretum. On our way to where we parked the car we drove by the Graduate School of Management (GSM). I hadn’t been in the part of the campus in quite a...

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Toppled aloe and other sightings at UC Davis

Toppled aloe and other sightings at UC Davis

A month ago I photographed this Aloe littoralis in front of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory:

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Aloe littoralis photographed on November 23, 2014

Aloe littoralis is a non-branching...

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Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

  Happy holidays, everybody! Spend time with the people you love. Or your favorite plants if people drive you crazy.

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Foggy morning just before Christmas

Foggy morning just before Christmas

While I wouldn’t want to live in a climate where it’s foggy all the time, I do love the occasional fog in the winter—thick like pea soup, only vague shapes visible, sounds muffled so much you can hear dewdrops hit the ground. That’s what I woke up to today. An early Christmas present...

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#GBFling14: JJ De Sousa Garden

#GBFling14: JJ De Sousa Garden

We saw a lot of different gardens during the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling (#GBFling14) in Portland, Oregon. Some were serious, some were playful, but none quite matched the over-the-top exuberance of JJ De Sousa’s Garden.

You want plants? Check!

You want art? Check!

You want style?...

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#GBFling14: John Kuzma Garden

#GBFling14: John Kuzma Garden

Five months have gone by since the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling (#GBFling14) in Portland, Oregon. I haven’t even covered half of the gardens we visited yet, so it’s high time for another installment.

Today I’ll show you the garden of John Kuzma. His half-acre slice of heaven is...

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Four books on agaves

Four books on agaves

It’s no secret that I love agaves. I’ve written more posts about agaves than any other group of succulents. It’s no surprise that I sometimes get asked if there are any books on agaves that I would recommend.

Yes, there are. In fact, I know of four agave-centric books currently in...

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Mushrooms in my succulent bed

Mushrooms in my succulent bed

Here’s a topic I haven’t talked about much on this blog: mushrooms. But then, the past few winters have been very dry so mushrooms haven’t been a common sight. This year, I have a feeling, will be very different. With another 1 inch of rain in the last 24 hours, we’re now up...

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