19 Nov ‘Fall Garden Party’ Recap: Waterwise Botanicals Throws Us Into a Sea of Succulents for Sale
If House Horticult had a sigil, it would probably be a succulent. What kind of succulent? We’re not sure yet. And after last Saturday’s visit to Waterwise Botanicals, we’re no closer to making a decision!
We attended the more-than-a-nursery’s Fall Garden Party. (You might remember last year’s visit to the rambling Bonsall plant retailer/educator/destination!) Ryan and I crossed our arms and did a backward fall into a legions of succulents for sale, along with loads of other kinds of drought-tolerant plants. These plants included fields of firesticks in blazing ombré, golden barrel cacti gleaming in the afternoon sunlight, inky Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop,’ towering euphorbia with punk-rock spikes, and a rare succulent that actually looks meadowy.
There were also presentations about plant arranging and plant care, and we learned a thing or two. For example, when you’re pruning your firesticks euphorbia, start from the bottom and work your way up to avoid getting dripped on by its toxic latex. And if you do get the sap on your skin, saturate it with WD-40, then remove with soap and water. (Detergent alone will only just spread the agonizing milk around.) We ate heavenly sliders with aged gouda from the Farm Girl food truck.
But mostly we fell even more in love with a category of plants we were already smitten with. So much beauty, and so apropos in this time of drought.
P.S. The aloe blossoms were ablaze! You have to see them. Below, check out our favorite moments from a day full of #succulove.