During my recent trip to attend the Succulent Celebration in Escondido California, I had the opportunity to visit Kelly Griffin’s garden with Debra Lee Baldwin , Candace Suter, Noreen Fenton, and Gary Bartell . Kelly’s garden is unique and carries many specimens of Agaves, Aloes, and other succulent plants that has either been hybridized, in process of or under observation. It is truly a garden where one can learn so much from. Some of what you see may not be available in your nursery. It may take 2 to 3 years to become available if if turns out to be a good hybrid. If you do not know Kelly, he is the hybridizer for Altman Plants, one of the largest grower and wholesale nursery in California. As Nan Sterman writes, he is the Succulent plant evangelist. Click and read more about Kelly Griffin . There were also videos produced of Kelly’s garden by Debra Lee Baldwin on utube in the past and one more coming up soon.
Kelly shows how this flowering Agave also have off shoots that are flowering. When an agave flowers they die and suppose to leave some offshoots for the next generation. Here’s a close up of the new baby Agaves developing flowers too which normally do not flower until they reach maturity. This means, no future generation for this guy and most likely won’t be going to market.
Kelly shows this flowering Dudleya
Stay tune for more of Kelly’s garden. Back yard photos coming soon. ~ Till next time ~