As we write this column on April 1, our focus is on cacti and succulents. Three factors inspire this subject matter, as summarized in these paragraphs.
Spring Show & Sale of the Monterey Bay Area Cactus & Succulent Society: This nearby employer, an associate of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America, affords two of these -element occasions each yr, within the fall and the spring.
The show provides a diffusion of amazing flora, representing top specimens from several exceptional succulent plant genera. This show offers an tremendous opportunity for both novice and superior gardeners of these vegetation to peer mature vegetation that have been grown expertly and shown aesthetically in decided on containers.
The sale brings services from a couple of growers, all of whom are individuals of the Society. Generally, several tables each present small and fairly priced, inviting gardeners to choose more than one plants to add to their indoor or outside gardens. The sale tables may additionally consist of specimens of exceedingly rare plant life. Gardeners with unique appreciation for unusual flora frequently quickly accumulate up these premium services.
The Society will maintain this event on April thirteen-14, at San Juan Bautista’s Community Hall, 10 San Jose Street. The accompanying image may be spotted on flyers posted in lawn centers and other public locations at some stage in the Monterey Bay area.
Succulent Blossoms on Stamps: To draw interest to the society’s upcoming display and sale, the USA Postal Service has launched ten new First Class stamps depicting the blossoms of ten cacti. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with pix taken by using John P. Schaefer. Visit usps.Com/stamps, and scroll to “Cactus Flowers” for greater information, which includes images of the stamps. The many growers of succulent plant life will appreciate these beautiful stamps.
Succulent Blooms with the aid of Month: Some gardeners have superb cognizance of the timing of events of their gardens, mainly while various vegetation burst into bloom. I am not one of these gardeners, but one who generally discovers new blooms with wonder and pride. A gardener who knows while succulent plants bloom has helped the ones people with less cognizance with a month-to-month collection of photographic collections of succulent vegetation in bloom.
The gardener is Geoff Stein, who describes himself as an “obsessive, compulsive collector of all oddball tropical and desert flora.” To date, he has produced photographic overviews of succulents in bloom in December, January, February, March and April.
Stein is a prolific garden author who has created scores of lengthy articles on more than a few topics inside his interest in “tropical and desolate tract flowers.” Each of these pieces consists of severa images of the flowers underneath discussion. Some of his articles are vast in scope, e.G., “Introduction to Dyckias and Hechtias,” at the same time as others cope with particular cultivars, e.G., “Easy Succulents: Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’.” For a listing of his articles go to davesgarden.Com/courses/articles/ and look for “Geoff Stein.” His writings are definitely really worth exploring.
Admittedly, the USPS produced its Cactus Flower stamps in popularity of the developing hobby in gardening with cacti and succulents, no longer specifically for the society’s display and sale. April Fool!
Still, that occasion could be a pride for avid gardeners inquisitive about those fascinating flora.