Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stalwart and Spiny: Structural Succulents!

While visiting Malibu, I toured Serra Canyon Ranch Nursery. My good fortune included a chance to walk through the landscape with a group that included Gary Lyons, Curator of the Desert Garden at The Huntington. Gary offered enlightening details, such as the identification of strikingly exotic, structural specimens on the property. 

Rarest of the rare: a mature form of Cereus v. monstrose - Photo © Alice Joyce
The property had once been the location of another horticultural destination: Serra Gardens Nursery.

Ceiba speciosa (formerly Chorisia speciosa) .. the magnificent deciduous tree in background: Brilliant Aloes blooming in foreground.
(Photos Copyright © Alice Joyce)

Arrays of drought-tolerant succulents of various sizes; potted and ready to plant.

For more information about plant availability at the nursery's growing grounds, visit:


  1. Amazing plants. I would never see these in my part of the country, though we do have various succulents.

  2. Hi Deb,
    I'm in awe of the specimens I saw here. I would have liked to stick around and commune with them;~D

  3. The views of the plants in pots at the nuresery are breathtaking. What an array of colors and how beautifully displayed.

  4. Wow, this reminds me so much of back home. That palo verde looks amazing

  5. I love Euphorbia! Although I never would have guessed that cactus was one.
    Did you visit other islands?

  6. Red
    Not an island;~D
    Rather, a canyon ranchland off the Pacific Coast Highway.

  7. Wow! Lovely photos, and that euphorbia!