2018 SF Flower & Garden Show

The Gardens

Plants and Garden Decor

Ikebana and Bonsai Displays


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SJCSS: 2017 Spring Show & Sale

San Jose Cactus & Succulent Society
Spring Show & Sale
April 29-30, 2017

My Booty

Drimiopsis maculata – a bulbous plant in the subfamily Scilloideae (of which hyacinths, bluebells, and squills also belong). This plant is highly toxic to both cats & dogs. (I have a Silver Squill – a kissin’ cousin – growing in the kitchen, well out of the reach of you-know-who…)

Left:  Tradescantia sillamontanarelated to the Wandering Jew. I already have a Tradescantia pallida and another purchased at the SJCSS 2016 Fall Show & Sale: Tradescantia spathacea:

(Looks like I’m starting a collection.) There were a lot of varieties at the show. Hard to choose. This one was just begging me to pet it. ≋;>  Note: The ASPCA lists as toxic to dogs – non-toxic to cats but may cause an allergic reaction in the skin. (I keep mine out of reach…)

Look at this beautiful planting – for a shady spot outdoors or a bright one inside.

The photo to the right of the Tradescantia sillamontana is a miniature succulent, Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’ variegated. (The well-known Jade Plant (Crassula argentea) belongs to the Crassulaceae family.)  Since the ASPCA lists the Jade Plant as toxic to both cats & dogs assume ALL Crassula are toxic. Grow & display them accordingly.

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2017 SF Flower & Garden Show

World’s Rare Plants

Succulent Gardens

Hot Pick Plants

“Butterfly Experience”


There were many demonstrations, workshops, and talks throughout the day. I took in “Bringing Magic to the Garden: Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Wildlife” (David Mizejewski, National Wildlife Federation), “Designing with Ornamental Grasses and Groundcovers” (Susan Morrison), and “Simple Ideas for Elegant and Creative Flowers for the Home (Rizanino ‘Riz’ Reyes) – Riz gave bouquets to those celebrating birthdays that month. This is the beautiful one I received:

I’ll be sharing my “booty” with all of you in the next Post – so stay tuned…

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Half Moon Bay ~

Yesterday, I paid a visit to my favorite grower in Half Moon Bay: Worlds Rare Plants.

Richard, Production Manager, took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the greenhouse – which included a peek at two “carnies” I hope will become available to the public (i.e., moi) very soon: Cephalotus follicularis (Australian Pitcher Plant) and Heliamphora (“sun pitchers”)!

Big things…

Welcome to
World’s Rare Plants


A sea of Sarracenia –

and this was only one section

of the Greenhouse.

Even more exciting was seeing Richard’s personal collection of Nepenthes (“hanging pitcher plants” or “monkey cups”) – some very rare. He’s been collecting carnivorous plants for decades.

Until you see the varieties of Sarracenia massed together you miss the (often subtle) differences between them: color variation, pitcher shape (trumpet, squat), “lip” shape, hood (frilly, winged), growth pattern (erect, prostrate, compact). The same can be said for Nepenthes: pitcher shape, color variation, lip and shape of hood. With sundews and flytraps the differences occur (mostly) in color variation and growth patterns.

If you’re ever in Half Moon Bay put their store on your list of “places to visit”.

Thank you Phil, Jan, Mary, and Richard
for your hospitality

Copyright Worlds Rare Plants 2016 http://www.worldsrareplants.com


-and while in the neighborhood, I stopped next door and purchased a couple of cool succulents:

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