Friday, May 6, 2016

Succulent Shopping

In an earlier post on my spring plant shopping extravaganza, I mentioned that I'd also attended the South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society's annual show and sale at my local botanic garden.  The event takes place in the auditorium near the garden's front entrance and the indoor light is always awful so keep that in mind as you view my photos.

I circled through the display tables first.










While I understand the display tables shown above represented the collections of particular individuals, another long table showed individual selections of members of the local CSS chapter.



Plants that attracted particular interest on my part included these:

Clockwise from the top left: Hydnophytum formicarum, Albuca namaquensis, Calibanus hookeri, crested Euphorbia lactea, Fockea edulis, Gasteria batesiana, Lithops olivacea, and Sempervivum arachnoideum


The only photos I took in the crowded sale area were of pots.  There were more pots for sale than I remember of past shows.

The pot on the upper left was in the show, not sale, area but I included it because I really liked it.  Most, if not all, of the rest were creations of Peety Pots.


Of course, I came home with several succulents.

Clockwise from the left: Faucaria tuberculosa in a new pot also picked up at the show; the Agave colorata I've wanted for a long time; conjoined twin Echeveria agavoides; a plant labeled as an Echeveria, showing some characteristics of Pachyphytum in its parentage; and a Tillandsia albida I've tucked into one of my hanging succulent baskets 


That's it for my shopping expeditions thus far.  Even though we had some light rain today (our first in a month and possibly the last until fall), we're on the brink of summer here, which means I should call a halt to any further plant shopping.  I probably won't but I should.


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21 comments:

  1. I see lots of South Africans in there.

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  2. Some great pots, and likely some plants that will be at the Inter-City in August. The caudex on that Hydnophytum is eye-popping! You made some good purchases. Agave colorata is a beauty.

    We got over .25" here--an unexpected treat--I assumed the weather reports were highly optimistic and we'd get nothing at all. So very happy to be wrong!

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    1. I loved that Hydnophytum - it deserved a table all its own. The Agave colorata is tiny but, as it's the only one of that species I've found locally, it was still a great find.

      I'm glad you got some decent rain. It's a sign of the severity of our drought when 0.25 inches is "decent" but you did much better than we did. Our total was 0.08 inches - better than nothing but not enough to make much of an impact, although I estimate it added about 80 gallons to my rain tanks.

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  3. What a fun show! Your new pot is beautiful.

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    1. At 5 miles from home, the show is certainly convenient, Renee. I like my new pot but I would've loved one of the faux bois pots I saw there. Too pricey, though!

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  4. Oh, all those fabulous caudexes! Love all your new purchases.

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    1. The caudex on that Hydnophytum was incredible - I've never seen anything like it before.

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  5. Love your new acquisitions - esp. the pot!

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    1. I didn't plan on buying the pot but couldn't resist!

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    2. I don't blame you. Go for the gusto! :)

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  6. That Faucaria tuberculos and pot are a great combination. Sorry you got shorted in the rainfall department.

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    1. Hope springs eternal. With every rainstorm prediction, I hope for a good downpour. We got very little rain this time but folks to the east got a good soaking (without any actual flash floods, to my knowledge).

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  7. I have to admit that succulents displayed in that way leave me rather cold; whereas is your garden planting and in your pots I really appreciate them and have tried my best to emulate them in my own small way.

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    1. The cactus and succulent shows tend to focus on individual specimens and there were some nice ones at this event but I know what you mean, Christina. If you haven't already discovered her, you might want to check out the posts and/or YouTube videos of Debra Lee Baldwin - she does a nice job of showing how succulents can be used to effect in compositions.

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  8. Understand that it is difficult to come home empty handed.
    You are now getting fully into your flower beds but can probably bring down some more ;)
    Mariana

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    1. There are always vacancies to be filled, Mariana!

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  9. Looks like a terrific show! Great new additions to your collection!

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    1. And hopefully I can propagate some of them!

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  10. Great to see photos from another succulent show. The lighting is always terrible inside. It was no different at the Sacramento show last weekend.

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  11. "I probably should but I won't." I tell myself something like that at least once a week. lol

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