Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

Spring is in the air and you can feel the garden buzz in and around town. People are finally ready to leave their houses again and get their hands dirty. While I’ve been trying my best to show some discretion with my plant hoarding, the medatation seems fruitless and it’s a loosing battle. Like a nervous itch I leave the house in search of strange and wonderful rare plants. There I was camera and tripod in hand aimlessly wondering about Brentwood Bay Nurseries. While it’s still early in the season there was plenty to see. Large agaves, strange perennials and a rainbow of succulents unsurpassed anywhere on Vancouver Island. The rain clouds had passed and I ended up loosing track of time. It was an excellent place to blow a Saturday afternoon and check out some really cool succulents in the process. The lighting was just right and I think I walked away with some pretty good photos. Let’s take a little walk around shall we?

The view at the main tropical house.

The Calla lilies were already in bloom.

An interesting climbing Solanum was also blooming that afternoon.

Apparently somebodies been snagging agave pups. Shame on you!

Another rather nice Agave specimen.

Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ is still on my wish list.

I just couldn’t help slipping in a photo of these Euphorbia myrsinites, what an amazing texture.

They were also kind enough to let me wonder around back and snap some photos in their succulent propagation house.

There were many Aeoniums.

Standing proud on a sunny day

A long way from their home way out on the Canary Islands.

They had a couple large specimens of Crassula sarcocaulis. These make excellent bonsai specimens and are great plants for beginners. While I’ve often dreamed of being a bonsai master, I’m afraid I just don’t have the time to properly care for them. This species is a bit more forgiving, and lends well to selective pruning.

Interesting peeling skin.

The blooms of a large Lampranthus bicolor drew me over in a hurry.

The echeveria were looking incredible. This one had a menacing look to it.

Fresh flower buds spiraling out.

Orange flowering echeveria.

A field of Crassula gollum. It looks like coral.

This almost seems aquatic.

Look at how the water sits on the leaves, early aqueduct inspiration?

Tropical Sedum

Rainbow haworthia?

Faucaria in bloom

One of these Euphorbia mammillaris variegata might have followed me home.

For some reason these succulent euphorbias remind me of medusa. Notice the sideways barbs on the spines to make sure it teaches you a proper lesson if you choose to get too close.

I also might have  convinced them to let me buy this little seed grown Yucca brevifolia (Joshua Tree). For a better idea of what it’ll turn into check out this wiki link

Another successful plant adventure. Be sure to have your own this upcoming sunny weekend. Visit Brentwood Bay Nursery for the strange and the exotic.
1395 Benvenuto Avenue  Brentwood Bay, BC V0S 1A0 (250) 652-1507

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.