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It's October, and things are blooming!



Crassula corymbulosa “Red Pagoda” *


Happy October Bloom Day! We’ve got stuff blooming in our backyard right now. A couple succulents are doing cool things. This  Red Pagoda rocks! Sounds like this guy is going to shatter in to a bunch of  little leaves after the flower is spent. New babies will pop up from them.


What the heck is this?


When we were at Flora Grubb a few weeks ago we saw a larger version of this fuzzy, puff ball flowered thing. I have no idea where we got it or what it is. Help! It tolerates getting peed on by the dog every now and again. I thought it might have all died during last winters frost.



Fuchsia ‘Fanfare’


Hurray for Fuchsia ‘Fanfare’! I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a new fuchsia soon. Annie’s Annuals (my new employer) has a VERY generous employee discount.  I’m not going to say what it is exactly, but I almost fainted when they told me about it. We (Matti) didn’t rip out those agaves for the heck of it, we were making room for new plant babies.


Aeonium spathulatum var. cruentum


This might be the cutest darn aeonium in town.


Orostachys iwarenge “Chinese Dunce Cap”


Another adorable succulent that’s been really easy to spread around. A few months ago I sprinkled a few little cuttings around and now they have flowers.



Dumpster Aloe


Perhaps the near death experience in someone’s green bin has made this guy a super flower producer. It flowered a few months ago. Right now it has a second big bud ready to fill in when this flower kicks the bucket.



Aristolochia californica "California Pipevine"


This is the second little pipe that’s formed off this CA native vine. I was pretty excited when I spotted the first one a few weeks ago.


I’m pretty sure this is a Christmas cactus, but it bloomed in March and has five or six flowers on it right now. Maybe it’s confused? Happy blooms!



  1. I would guess the unknown blue flowered plant is a Tradescantia of some sort, though I’ve never seen one like that.

    Nice pictures.

  2. The succulents are great…I have a number of non-hardy succulents and have yet to figure out the best way to overwinter them in our cold climate… any suggestions for house-bound succulents? Thanks, Larry

  3. Oh my, wonderful pipevine! And love that dumpster aloe! Can’t beat a find like that, Your mystery bloom is definitely a tradescantia, possibly Tradescantia sillamontana. Happy Bloom Day!

  4. The pipevine is really interesting. I am not familiar with it or with Dunce Cap. Thanks for the new plants, I enjoy seeing new blooms.

  5. I vote Cyanotis somaliensis, for the NOID. Related to Tradescantia, but not Tradescantia.

  6. Thanks for all the great comments everyone!

    Larry: We have quite a few succulents inside, but luckily we can leave most of them in the garden. I’ve never moved succulents inside for the season, except for a jade plant back in Wisconsin. They generally like a lot of sun. I don’t water ours as much in the winter. Maybe once every two weeks or so, some even less. They don’t dry out as fast with less light from shorter days.

    mr subjunctive: you ROCK!!!! We’ve got ourselves Cyanotis somaliensis. I’m trying to decide if I want to call it Furry Kittens or Pussy Ears.

  7. Love the “dumpster aloe”…especially the name! And how lucky are you working at Annie’s!!! I remember you mentioned a “lunch break” awhile back and I questioned if you were visiting on your break or working there, now I know (I forgot to check back on that old post and see if you answered there). Good to know you get a great discount, otherwise working there could be very dangerous to the paycheck!

  8. Lovely pics … and love the words ‘dumpster aloe’!

  9. Fantastic pics. I love that crassula in the first photo – it’s stunning. Love that red.

    I must say I find the California Pipevine a bit scary…

  10. Now I know why fall is my favorite season! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos.

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