"Baby" at home:
Someone else brought a suprafoliata, but theirs had already begun to spiral. Pretty colors--has to be getting more sun than mine:
How dumb of me not to get the name of this one.
Update: Spiky Obsession id'd this as Agave nizandensis. Thanks, Spiky!
An unknown Aloe of amazing chocolate-bronze color:
An Aeonium sedifolium hybrid called 'Bronze Medal':
Kalanchoe delagoensis 'Pink Butterflies'. This one is a new plant and just starting to appear for sale here and there.
Pachypodium succulentum: Update: this won third place.
Astrophytum microstigma, oooh!:
Senecio haworthii. A commonly available plant, but this one is outstandingly well grown:
Sanseveria suffruticosa 'Black'. This one gets big clumps of white flowers according to the description--unusual to say the least! A large and beautifully grown specimen. I did not get a good photo--the whole plant was quite large. Update: this won an Honorable Mention ribbon.
Bowea volubilis, "Climbing Onion"
Mammilaria plumosa. This one must be extra stunning in bloom. Have I seen this one at another plant show?
Encephelartos princeps. This one was so perfectly pristine it must be kept in a green house by a true plant fanatic. Not a speck of dust on it, not a spot, not a mark, not a light finger brush.
Euphorbia symetrica x obesum. More round than E. obesum!
Oxalis gigantea. "Oxalis" is a swear word for California gardeners. This one is an amazing shrubby thing over 5' tall, quite different than the one we swear about daily.
This one was labeled 'only Indian Corn Cob' and must be a Euphorbia--mammilaris--what else? Wild, eh? Looks like it hasn't been watered since Reagan was President.
And Leuchenbergia princeps. The person who brought this plant had meticulous and perfect printing, implying the sort of meticulous and painstaking personality that is attracted to these plants. My own handwriting looks like the center of that plant, so what's my excuse?
Weirdly such a cool show because there were just about no duplicates of anything (except my Aloe suprafoliata, I think). There was one Cyphostemna, one Pachypodium, one Bursera, and so on. The plants were all onsies. How often does that happen? The show continues today (Sunday). I wonder if I won anything. Probably not, but the 20% off was good, and people seemed to really enjoy the disticious Aloe.
Update: the first place ribbon went to a Nepenthes (pitcher plant) and second to a Dyckia, neither of which I bothered to photograph! The more I familiar I have gotten with my own clumps of Dyckia and Puya, the less interesting they've become. I simply do not have the climate to grow bog plants, and so pay them no mind. Oh well!
Tomorrow I will blog about the presentation of new/cool/unusual/rare/hard-to-find plants that took place on Saturday. It was really good!