Unknown Succulent Found and Potted

[Update 8/29/16: It’s a Sedum dendroideum subsp. praealtum]

I found this succulent under our Bosc Pear Tree when I was doing some garden clean up and thought I would pot it up.

Unknown Succulent

These have been growing along one of our fence and my Mom seems to think that may have popped up from our neighbor’s yard.

Unknown Succulent

We never really took much notice or it, but when I saw this good sized multi-branch which was already partially rooted, I thought it would look much better properly potted up and given more light.

Unknown Succulent

I’m not really sure what it is. My Mom thinks it’s a Jade (Cassula sp.) while I think it may be a type of Aeonium… We don’t know.

Anyone know what it is?

Hibiscus Cutting

I got this Hibiscus cutting from my nephew’s girlfriend (thanks Kriselda).

I soaked it for a bit because it looked so dry and I didn’t think it would grow… but I see what I think are little growth along the stem.

Hibiscus Cutting

There are no instructions on the package and I don’t know what direction to plant it. One end has wax and the other is just bare. I think the wax side it up, but I’m not sure.

Anyone know what I should do?

Induction Cooktop Query…

Does anyone use or have used an Induction Cooktop… like a NuWave Induction Cooktop, this one by Duxtop ( link to Amazon ) or something similar?… I was just curious how well they worked and if they are as good as the commercials makes them look. Thanks.

What kind of grass is this?

My friend has this grass in her front yard… Now that our lawn is turning slightly brown, I’m considering switching it to this type of lawn which I believe is less maintenance. The grass leaves are wide and it remains low growing, almost growing horizontally.

Does anyone know what kind of grass this is?

What kind of grass is this?

Orange Butterfly…

As I was working in our front yard garden, I saw this orange butterfly visiting our Shasta Daisies. I don’t recall ever seeing this type of butterfly.

Anyone know what kind it is?
This was identified as a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).

Unknown Orange Butterfly

White Citrus Flower Buds-like Things in Clematis Flowers?

I noticed that two of our Clematis flowers have a white thing in the center that resembles a white citrus flower bud.


I don’t recall the other Clematis flowers looking having that.


Anyone know what those white things are?

Ungrafted Scions and Cloning/Rooting Fruit Trees Cuttings?

I’ve been busy and haven’t been able to work in the garden as much as I want to. I especially haven’t grafted as much as previous years and I still have a bunch of scions that I got earlier this year from the CRFG Scion Exchange. Some may be too late to graft like the Cherries, Plums, Peach and Nectarines because our trees have already bloomed. The Pears are blooming now and I think those may be a little late to graft, although still maybe possible. Apples are the only fruit trees that haven’t bloomed and I can still graft those soon.

I happened to see a YouTube video where someone showed how to clone a pear tree. I’ve never thought of rooting fruit tree cuttings like Peaches, Pears, Apples, etc… I don’t know why I never thought of this… so I think I will try to root the remaining scions I have left and see if they will take root and grow… and maybe I can use them next year for grafting.

Has anyone rooted Peaches, Nectarine, Plums, Apricots, Pears and Apples from cuttings?

What’s this?… Unknown Tree at St. Vincent Parking Lot…

I saw this tree with reddish leaves on a tree at our church’s parking lot (Northern San Francisco Bay Area/zone 9b).
Anyone know what this tree is?

Unknown Plant (Photo 2 of 3)

I also have another photo here.
I saw some seeds and collected some.

Unknown Plant (Photo 3 of 3)

[Update] It’s Purple-leafed Hop-bush – Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’ (Family: Sapindaceae)