Gardens

One last California post

Yes, I have even more succulents to share from my trip to California!

Succulents are basically everywhere in California, not just nurseries and gardens. I almost wonder if people who live here get bored of them – but that’s completely unfathomable to a fanatic like myself.

Shortly after our arrival at my aunt-in-law’s house, my husband and I went for a walk to explore the neighborhood. Of course, I only had eyes for the plants.

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This fantastic Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ was sitting in front of someone’s house – just sitting there, looking amazing. Check out those pups in the second photo!

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This humungous aeonium was also planted in a strip in front of someone’s home – notice my husband’s hand and foot for scale. This plant was bigger than our faces, and seemed to be growing like a weed.

This next set of succulents are all growing at the San Juan Capistrano mission.

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xGraptosedum ‘Ghosty’ with blooming Senecio mandraliscae (or ‘Blue Chalk Sticks’)

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xGraptosedum ‘Ghosty’

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A pot of aeonium, jade, xGraptosedum ‘Ghosty’ and ‘Blue Chalk Sticks’

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Some type of echeveria, unknown to me, with beautiful coloring

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More large cacti (I loved the variegated one below)

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Crassula arborescens, commonly known as ‘Silver Dollar Jade’

And, finally, these beauties were growing along the street outside the gift shop. Yes, this is what Californians plant to fill space.

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And that concludes this summer’s trip to California.

Meanwhile, my succulents are sitting beneath artificial lights in my living room…

Sherman Library and Gardens

…a.k.a. succulent heaven.

My husband and I went on a weekend trip to California in July, and his aunt whom we were staying with recommended that we take a visit to the Sherman Library and Gardens, which was only 10 minutes from her house. What we thought would be a quick little stop ended up being the highlight of our trip. Not only were the crepes we had at the garden cafe delicious, we were mesmerized by thousands of perfectly-tended succulents. We were even lucky enough to see many of them in bloom. Even my husband, who generally rolls his eyes at any mention of succulents, was amazed and fully enjoyed the visit.

This post is going to be heavy on the pictures, but I don’t think you’ll mind.

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IMG_1062Echeveria ‘Perle von Nuernberg’ (I’ve finally learned the proper spelling)

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IMG_1074Echeveria ‘Mexican Giant’

IMG_1076Amazing landscaping…the whole thing was reminiscent of a coral reef

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IMG_1092Echeveria cante in bloom

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IMG_1096Usually I’m not a fan of cacti or non-fleshy succulents, but this monstrose variety was quite eye-catching

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IMG_1100…As were the agaves

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IMG_1104Just look at the size of this one!

IMG_1107Can you spot what’s special about these stairs?

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At $3 for adults, Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona Del Mar is about the biggest bargain you’ll find on a California vacation – but the experience (especially for succulent lovers) is worth much more.

For even more photos (yes, there’s more) click this link to view my Flickr album.