There was so much beauty at Waterwise Botanicals nursery near San Diego during the recent Fall Garden Party (an annual event near San Diego featuring succulents), I’ll let the photos I took speak for themselves. Cue rhapsodic music!
Just when I feel I’ve seen too many succulent topped pumpkins, one comes along that takes my breath away.
The display gardens are worth visiting, year-round, for design ideas plus practical-yet-lovely plant combos.
The staff makes lovely dish gardens for sale. No two are like.
At my booth during the event, I did impromptu plant-pot pairings.
The best way to select plants for a pot is to take it to the nursery with you. Who would have expected purple pleiospilos to be perfect for this whimsical fish? Yet when the two were alongside each other, it seemed obvious.
Metal clay artist Lucy Ellen of Escondido stopped by my booth to brainstorm workshop ideas.
Nursery manager Tom Jesch designed the display garden near the nursery entrance to suggest the desert in bloom. The plants he chose are suited to a more maritime climate.
I love the geometry and textures of columnar cacti—especially when illuminated by the sun—don’t you?
Silvery blue Echeveria peacockii graces one of the display gardens.
A miniature succulent garden at one of the workshops.
This succulent holiday tree, made mainly of sempervivums and sedums, was another workshop project.
…As was planting driftwood with succulents.
Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ backlit.
Those glowing, filamented edges!
An Echeveria cultivar tough enough to grow in the open garden. I believe it’s ‘Sahara’.
Over time, this Echeveria ‘Green Crush’ offset to form an impressive, hens-and-chicks mound.
Red cryptobergia is a desert bromeliad that makes a colorful, low-water companion for succulents and a great addition to potted combos.
Tom Jesch repurposed a toy truck as a planter for succulents.
Masses of coppertone stonecrop and graptosedum carpet the ground in one of the display gardens.
Columnar cacti, haloed by late afternoon sun, point to festive white tents where workshops were held.
Forgive me if this makes you gnash your teeth, but if you didn’t make it to this year’s Fall Garden Party, you missed taking home one of these free one-gallon succulents.
Hey, there’s always next time! ~ Debra