I took my time to scope out the plants. There were some beautiful specimens that were too expensive for my blood.
|Left to right: Agave sebastiana, Agave 'Snow Glow' and crested Euphorbia kibwezensis|
There were few real deals but, in retrospect, there were many I should have considered more seriously.
|Left to right: divisions of Agave 'Blue Flame' (for $5 - why didn't I bring one home?!), variegated Agave gypsophila, and Agave 'Royal Spine'|
|A nice variety of reasonably priced succulent selections in mostly 4-inch pots from Hannah's Succulents|
Other than cactus, succulents and bromeliads, there weren't many other drought tolerant plants but there were a surprising number of pot sellers. No, California hasn't legalized recreational pot (at least not yet). I'm talking about clay pots.
Another surprise was an exhibit by the California Turtle & Tortoise Club.
|This is "Speedbump," so named because he was run over by a car. You can see the work performed by the vet to repair his shell when he was rescued by the society.|
Succulent guru Debra Lee Baldwin was scheduled to speak so, after making our purchases, we killed time before her talk looking at some of the community gardens.
|Most were very neatly maintained|
|Some focused on ornamental plants more than edibles|
|This one was very exuberant|
|This was the most whimsical one I saw|
We came upon a plant that intrigued us both but neither of us could identify.
|Can anyone tell me what it is?|
The Matilija poppies (Romneya coulteri) were blooming too.
|My own Romneya coulteri, planted in early spring, didn't bloom this year but at least it's still alive on the back slope where little else is in respectable shape|
I didn't go home with a lot but I did make two purchases.
|I found a well-priced Agave 'Mr. Ripple', now in place in my dry southeast side garden, where it has plenty of room to spread out. I also picked up an embellished pot from Hearts of Jade, which operates a succulent art and gift shop in Moorpark.|
If the event had followed our recent heat apocalypse rather than preceding it, maybe I would have purchased more plants but there's always the Inter-City Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale. I may be able to entice my husband to go if August isn't blazingly hot (ha!).
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