San Diego In Winter: Cactus/Succulent Show
Glorious winter's day Saturday. All of San Diego who were not at the beach seemed to be in Balboa Park enjoying mild warmth and bright sun under a blue, blue sky.
There were people selling pottery and flowers, athletic dancers doing flips and spins, a man playing a digital accordion with great skill.
Thousands of people enjoying a peaceful day.
Off in a small corner of the park, happy plant nuts were enjoying the San Diego CSS winter show.
Beautiful plants in beautiful pots
Beautiful plants in old plastic pots. It's the plant, not the pot, that counts. First place:
This could have been bare root--who cares about a pot when an Agave looks like this?
Not a huge show, but many unusual plants. This is Whiteslonea crassa, and it's in bloom.
Whatever this is, it belongs in "Star Wars":
This Leuchtenbergia principis was a winner. The owner had added a handwritten "for sale" sign to it. I haven't seen that at a plant show before.
There's just something about a Pachypodium with ruffled leaves...
Or a Boophone.
This being San Diego, a fish-under-the-sea theme seemed appropriate for a dish garden display.
Some of the roundish things are rocks, and some of them are plant.
Ah! The Aloes!
This was a fascinating Aloe, marked as Aloe hybrid x divirculata 'Scallops'. The rounded marginal teeth were striking.
The Haworthia table
The plant sale was crazy busy. I got a Leuchtenbergia principis at a great price (not the show one for sale) and a Alluadia dumosa. Back at home I looked up both. The Leuchtenbergia is a cactus that lives nestled among long dry grass in dry grasslands. It has evolved such that its spines look like dried blades of grass--this adaptation has so well disguised it, that at this point it is not yet an endangered species.
Alluadia dumosa--the best comment I read on the internet went something like this: "Well, it's ugly, but it's not hard to grow." Here's a trophy table Alluadia dumosa from the Intercity show a couple of years ago.
Ugly? Really? Nahhh...
Mine isn't quite at the trophy-table level yet.
A warm winter's day spent with my Sweetie, looking at plants. What could be better?