Friday, April 18, 2014

Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale

Last weekend, South Coast Botanic Garden hosted a plant show and sale sponsored by the local chapter of the Cactus & Succulent Society.  I poked my nose in during the second day of the event.  I was surprised to find so many show exhibits, nicely arranged by members.  I took dozens of photos but I'll show just my favorites.

Pachypodium collection

An eclectic mix

A grouping of various Euphorbia


Another mixed assortment

Mamillaria and other ball-shaped cactus

Matucana curryandensis


Mostly Gasteria and related hybrids

An interesting mix

This one didn't look real - it's Arbomeitiella brevifolia

Pedilanthus macrocarpus



But my favorite display had a whimsical note, if not the most unusual specimens.  It was entitled "Succulent Dining" and featured a table set with a variety of menu selections.


Roasted Chicken

Peking Duck

Roast Pork

Seafood

and, of course, a centerpiece



There were also some handsome individual specimens.

Dyckia 'Brittlestar'

Agave macroantha - I looked for this Agave on the sale tables but didn't find it

Gasteria-Aloe hybrid



I didn't take any pictures of the sales tables but, even on the second day of the event, there was a lot to choose from and prices were good.  Here's what I brought home:

Top row, from left: Agave stricta, Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby,' and Sansevieria cylindrica
Second row: Dyckia 'Cherry Cola' and Huernia 'Red Ribbons'
Bottom: Euphorbia horrida



The Euphorbia was labeled E. horrida but I thought it looked a lot like this hybrid:

Euphorbia horrida x meloformis



I'll definitely attend the next show and sale.


19 comments:

  1. Such cool plants! I too like the whimsy of the dining selections. You brought home some great plants.

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    1. Now, I just have to find places to put them...

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  2. Some weird stuff, you've got here, Kris. Sometimes I like the container better than the plant as in the one with feet on the Pachypodium table. The Pedilanthus just looks diseased. Ruby is very pretty. But I like the Succulent Dining table best. Makes me giggle.

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    1. I was attracted to that display by the very same container, Jane. I thought the Pedilanthus was interesting, though - it looked more like a sculpture than a plant.

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  3. That was fun! The Arbomeitiella brevifolia is a show stopper. Our Cactus show is this week and I am planning to be there on the first day. Last year when I looked at my photos I saw so many plants I should have checked for on the sales tables. I know so much more this time. My list is ready to go.

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    1. The Arbormeitiella really didn't look real, Shirley. Apparently, it's a regular display item at the Society's show - I overheard one of the Society members talking about its development to its current size and shape.

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  4. Nice haul Kris! And those dinner plate arrangements looks fun!

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    1. The succulent dinner was a nice surprise in what otherwise would have been a bit stuffy series of show displays.

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  5. Gorgeous! All so beautifully presented. Great buys, and I agree your Euphorbia looks just like that hybrid.

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    1. I wonder how many years (decades?) it'll take before my Euphorbia reaches the size of the one in the show display?

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  6. Fun! That Agave macroantha is a jaw-dropper, so beautiful. I dug a couple of pups from my brother's plant (in Phoenix) their dark spines aren't quite so dark and lovely. Your Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby' has such amazing color!

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    1. I was so impressed by that Agave - and so disappointed that I didn't find even a tiny one on sale, Loree.

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  7. It is a funny thing about succulents, they are an acquired taste. I used to hate them and now I am mad about them. The Arbomeitiella brevifolia is amazing, I have never seen seen anything like it before.

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    1. It took me a while to warm up to them too, Chloris, but the range of variation, color and their sculptural qualities - not to speak of their durability in our climate - drew me in.

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  8. A great show! Love the dining table - way fun! You made a nice haul!

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    1. The dining table was a clever touch, Peter - even the glassware and utensils were decorated in succulents.

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  9. There were a lot of beautiful and unusual plants and arrangements there!

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    1. I was impressed by the range of plants on display and for sale - the nurseries don't cover anything near the variety offered at an event like this.

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  10. So many cool plants! It's like Dr. Seuss world.

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