Garden

Faucaria tigrina Tiger jaws Native to South Africa. Forms rosettes. Yellow flowers in afternoon of autumn months.
Cotyledon ladismithensis Bear's Paw Arroyo Pkwy, cutting, leaves, 2013 Sep 17
Portulacaria afra Elephant bush Forrest Ave, cutting, 2013 Sep 06. Light green, smaller, variegated leaves that emerge in little bunches from a deeply colored mahogany stem.
Portulacaria afra Elephant Bush Forrest Ave, cutting, 2013 Sep 06. This variety has larger leaves of solid green, and the stem has a diminished mahogany hue.
Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca Baby toes California Cactus Center. Purchase, 2011-07. 2013-08-23: This plant never developed into charming, dense little clutches. Today I replanted it from a bowl with tough soil from the front yard, into a narrow rectangular vase with proper potting soil. I separated the plant, which was essentially four separate bunches connected by a thread of root. Hopefully it will finally thrive.
Oscularia deltoides Pink Vygie 797 S Arroyo Parkway, Cutting, 2013-08-10. These are sometimes identified as Lampranthus blandus or Lampranthus deltoides, but have been reassigned to Oscularia. 2013-08-23: I'd taken cuttings from this same location a few months ago. Josue was with me the most recent time. He was surprised I snapped off a piece, comparing it to when I explained that he should not want to take rocks from the beach. This new cutting is not looking so good still. I re-potted it in better soil. May need new cuttings, though. 2013-09-06: Harvested some more from Forest Ave on the way home.
Sedum adolphi Golden sedum Lincoln Ave & Seco St, cuttings, 2013 Sep
Sedum de oro From Mary (Oakland), Cutting, 2013-02-18 2013-08-23: After being kept in water a few months, then put into tough soil, one little cutting is left and will hopefully thrive.
Sedum morganianum Donkey’s Tails Mary (Oakland), Cutting, 2013-02-18. 2013-08-23: Initially I'd kept a cutting in water. It grew but had little leaves that were spaced apart, and somewhat grayish. I brought back some more yesterday from Mary's home. I re-potted them and put them all together.
Sedum pachyphyllum< Berkeley Botanical Garden
Purchase, 2011-07-30
2013-08-23: This plant has persistently grown very much. The original plant has given rise to at least ten plants which are of even larger size. I am anticipating having enough to harvest the leaves for a special salad, likely for a high holiday.
Sedum rubrotinctum Mary (Oakland)
cutting, 2011-07
Crassula "Baby Necklace" Arroyo Pkwy
cuttings, 2013 Sep 17
Crassula arborescens Silver Dollar plant Prospect Ave area
clone, 2013 Sep 15

2013 Sep 15: Noticed a beautiful bush of this while bicycling home, and when I went to look closer and see about taking a cutting, I noticed that a branch had already fallen naturally. It was sending out bunches of healthy roots, though the leaves were a bit shrivelled.

Crassula argentea cv. Gollum Living coral from Mary (Oakland)
cutting, 2013 July
Crassula lycopodioides / muscosa Watch chain Mary (Oakland), 2013-07
Crassula marnieriana from Andy
cutting, 2013 Sep 12
Haworthia obtusa var pilifera Berkeley Botanical Garden
purchase, 2011-07-30. 2013-08-23: This plant does not grow very fast, but with good soil it does produce quite a few little cuttings. I cut several pups last night, and am hoping they thrive in the new dish (previously used for the baby turtle) dedicated exclusively to this lovely little plant.

2013-09-18: Originally I identified this as Haworthia obtusa var pilifera, but now I believe it might be a Haworthia cymbiformis, perhaps var umbraticola.

Haworthia retusa California Cactus Center
purchase, 2011-07

2013-01: I brought my plants indoors for a few weeks to avoid a freeze. Maybe it was the water, or the diminished light, but this grew taller and skinnier, rather than short and tight. 2013-02: I re-planted a little piece.

2013-08-23: The little piece seemed to have not grown at all, but looking at the photo I can tell an improvement. I am considering re-potting it in hopes that improved soil will cause it to grow like the parent plant.

2013-09-18: Early in my succulent days, I incorrectly identified this as Haworthia cooperi var truncata. I've know identified this as Haworthia retusa and will need to update my file names. It bears strong similarities to Haworthia magnifica.

Echeveria geranium Hen and Chicks Mary (Oakland), 2013-02-18
Sue and Maria brought a batch of succulents from Mary's garden.
Echeveria elegans Mary (Oakland), 2013-02-18
Mexican snowballs
Aloe humilis Mary (Oakland)
cutting, 2011-07
Euphorbia obesa Baseball plant from California Cactus Center
purchased, 2011-07
(along with the Fenestraria)

2013-08-23: This summer it has had especially lovely tiny leaves at the top, or perhaps I was just looking harder. When re-potting today, I noticed the flowers were very vibrant albeit incredibly small. Re-potting today was the most I had ever handled the Euphorbia obesa since it first went into the jar. Hopefully it grows taller with this better soil. I noticed the tough soil had kept the roots confined.

Opuntia subulata Eve's needle Forrest Ave
cutting, 2013 Sep 12

Cut this at about 12:15a on the 12th en route home.

Opuntia microdasys var monstrose
aka var contorta, cristataor mostruosa
Forrest Ave
cutting, 2013 Sep 12

Opuntia littoralis Hahamongna watershed
cutting, 2013 Sep 12

I was very impressed by this plant's abundance of fruit. The next day, I identified this species based on a guide to the Hahamongna's vascular plants, since it grew close to the ground.

Austrocylindropuntia vestita forma cristata Clothed opuntia crest
Opuntia macrocentra
Rhipsalis salicornioides from Mary (Oakland)
cutting, 2013-07
Myrtillocactus geometrizans Andy and Ricky
cutting, 2013 Sep 12
C comosum Spider plant
Feb 18, 2013
E californicum Yerba santa, Mountain balm, Bear weed 2013-03-10: I took a whole, young plant from the Bradford trail and planted it in the backyard. 2013-08-23: My little plant was in tough soil with little water, and was further doomed by the destructive arrival of the west shed. It only lasted a few weeks.
Euphorbia tirucalli Pencil cactus"; "Fire sticks

from Pasadena City College
cutting, spring 2013

Acquired in spring semester (the 12th of an unknown month) from PCC, I saw a large bush that had been cut down and tore off some cuttings. It had a thick, woody, ancient trunk and I felt it was the least I could do for such an awesome plant. 2013-08-23: Initially I left the cuttings in water before planting them. They stayed that way for several weeks, probably even more than a month.

Shrunken and likely dead (still green but yellowing), I was surprised to find one of them had grown a little root. On a whim I planted them and several months later they are thriving, looking very healthy with several leaves. Today I re-potted them into looser, softer soil. They have good root systems.

2013-09-10: The difference is tremendous. An abundance of new branches are forming. The plants are definitely no longer clinging to life. They will get big. I tied the stems together so that they will grow high and not just out; for the time being I do not have that much space. They will eventually require a place to grow big.

fenestraria aurantiaca rhopalophylla
Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca
© 2011-07-16

fenestraria aurantiaca rhopalophylla
Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca
© 2013-02-26

fenestraria aurantiaca rhopalophylla
Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca
© 2013-02-26

fenestraria aurantiaca rhopalophylla
Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca
© 2013-02-26

Sedum pachyphyllum crassulaceae
Sedum pachyphyllum crassulaceae

Sedum pachyphyllum crassulaceae
Sedum pachyphyllum crassulaceae

haworthia obtusa pilifera
Haworthia obtusa pilifera © 2013-02-26

haworthia obtusa pilifera
Haworthia obtusa pilifera © 2013-02-26

haworthia retusa
Haworthia retusa © 2013-02-26

haworthia retusa
Haworthia retusa © 2013-02-26

haworthia retusa
Haworthia retusa © 2013-02-26

Euphorbia tirucalli fire sticks
Euphorbia tirucalli

Yerba Santa
Yerba Santa

Fenestraria aurantiaca rhopalophylla
Fenestraria aurantiaca rhopalophylla

Sedum
Sedum

Ginger
Ginger

Ginger
Ginger

Ginger
Ginger

Carrot tops
Carrot tops

Mung beans
Mung beans

sedum pachyphyllum
Sedum pachyphyllum © 2011-08-02

haworthia retusa
Haworthia retusa © 2011-08-02

haworthia obtusa pilifera
Haworthia obtusa pilifera © 2011-08-02

fenestraria aurantiaca rhopalophylla
Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca
© 2013-08-24

haworthia obtusa pilifera
Haworthia obtusa pilifera © 2013-08-24

haworthia obtusa pilifera
Haworthia obtusa pilifera © 2013-08-24

haworthia retusa
Haworthia retusa © 2013-08-24

Euphorbia obesa flowering
Euphorbia obesa flowers © 2013-08-24

Euphorbia tirucalli fire sticks
Euphorbia tirucalli © 2013-08-24

Crassula lycopodioides watch chain succulent
Crassula lycopodioides © 2013-08-24

Crassula lycopodioides watch chain succulent
Crassula lycopodioides © 2013-08-24

Sedum rubrotinctum
Sedum rubrotinctum © 2013-09-13

Sedum rubrotinctum
Sedum rubrotinctum © 2013-09-13

Opuntia subulata
Opuntia subulata © 2013-09-13

Opuntia microdasys var monstrose
Opuntia microdasys monstrose © 2013-09-13

Gardening notes

Planting herbs I planted some ginger roots 2014 Feb 24. I started collecting seeds in February 2013 while walking home from the bus stop. Dandelions seemed easy for salad cultivation. I could easily grow them in jars along a window sill. I hoped to find one strain with the sweetest leaves. 2013-03-13: After planting some dandelion seeds in February, I have come to realize that dandelions are slow growing. 2013-03-13: Just past midnight I took some old carrots out of the fridge, cut off the tops and put the tops in some water. Looking forward to seeing if I can indeed grow my own carrot greens. 2013-03-13: I planted mung beans within a week ago and they have already grown remarkably. My goal is to harvest the greens. Also, 2013-02-26: I tore a cutting from a bush down the road on Forest Ave, which I noticed while walking home from Arabic class (I had forgotten my wallet and skateboard). I potted it right away when I arrived home. 2013-08-23: In tough soil with little water, the lavender turned into a dried-out ruin.
2013 July Knowing that I'd be away from home, I transferred the hydroponic succulent cuttings I'd kept with no more than moderate success and put them into soil. The Sedum pachyphyllum of course had endured the best, most of the others rotted away substantially or died entirely.
2013 Aug 23 I have mainly used soil from the front yard, but it has proved inhospitable to life. Just one watering is enough to render it into a tough cement. Water splashes off of it, sending dirty streams all over the front porch. Today I started using actual potting soil and re-potted everything, optimizing my use of the glass jars. Everything looks much better now. I am very optimistic that the succulents will thrive consistently like never before.
I had three tillandias (purchased 2011 July from the California Cactus Center), but one survived. Josue cared for it from December 2012 to February 2013. 2013-08-23: I have returned home from time in Oakland and the east coast and the Tillandsia (affectionately referred to as Tilly) has disappeared from her spot on a ledge over the bathroom sink.

2013 Sep 06 I harvested an aloe from El Pueblo. From nearby in one planter I found: a flapjack that I identified as Kalanchoe luciae (not Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) due to its red blush; a blue rosette (likely an echeveria); and an echeveria with caruncles. Some municipal gardener must be fond of succulents to have such an exotic array. On the way home I harvested some more pink vrygie; two varieties of Portulacaria afra; and something like a mini ice plant, or some sort of senecio. I believe that this is the day I also harvested some Sedum adolphi from Lincoln Ave and Seco/Mountain St.
2013 Sep 07 I harvested a nice succulent from Azita's office with the round leaves, plus the slightly fuzzy one with somewhat serrated edges.
2013 Sep 09 From Len's garden I harvested more of the slightly fuzzy one with slightly serrated edges; a bit of a cactus I found interesting and it had already fallen off; what I believe is a dried-out Senecio scaposus (silver coral). From uphill on Hill Ave I harvested another flapjack, this one being Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. Due to space constraints, I might need to transfer some of the very prolific Sedum pachyphyllum to the sidewalk.
2013 Sep 12 On the way home from the John Kerwin Show, I harvested two cacti: the Opuntia microdasys var monstrose; and the Opuntia subulata.
2013 Sep 12 Andy gave me: Crassula marnieriana; Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi; Myrtillocactus geometrizans;
2013 Sep 12 I harvested two Opuntia (nopal) species when out with Aaron: one I believe is Opuntia littoralis, due to its growing close to the ground; and the other perhaps Opuntia ficus-indica.
2013 Sep 15 Harvested Crassula arborescens from the Prospect Ave area in Pasadena while bicycling home.
2013 Sep 16 Harvested a beautiful purple succulent from the mall at Santa Monica and LaBrea. According to Amorette, the security guard shot me a nasty look.
2013 Sep 17 Harvested succulents from a jackpot toward the end of Arroyo Pkwy: Cotyledon ladismithensis; fuzzy bluish; and Crassula "Baby Necklace". Harvested gnarly looking succulents from the plastic surgery office where I found the pink vrygie: I believe Adromischus cristatus; and some sort of Echeveria 'Blue Curls'. Harvested a grayish-bluish succulent from the Prospect Ave area at the edge of the Rose Bowl, on a charming dead-end street.
Harvested what might be Cotyledon orbiculata undulata.
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