Views of the Neighborhood – OG Agave’s Plant Paradise

Today we are going to a cactus and succulent purveyor in Lakeway. I think you will be amazed at the beauty and number of plants. Mary Caroline and Matthew Shreves began their business on Instagram and opened a storefront in March this year. The couple has over 1000 cacti, agave, and succulents online and at the store. Here is a Link to their website, which is worth the visit

Our drink and food offering is going to be a little different. In keeping with our visit to a unique plant place, we are being catered by Bar 508. Yes, there are plenty of drink selections with food. However, for those who need to be closer to five O’clock, all drinks can be made without alcohol. Also, there is plenty of Topo Chico water. Our entertainment closely fits the drinks, food, and plants. We have a Mariachi band playing for us.

Picture of an old time school bus

So let’s get on the bus and get going.

Here is the sign welcoming us into the compound.

Lovely plants on a rustic bench

A selection of outdoor cacti and agaves.

Beautiful cacti and agaves

A selection includes golden barrel cacti and an Agave Americana at the rear of the photo.

Inside the greenhouse are specimens for indoors and out.

Flowering and other succulents.

More varieties of cacti, agave, and succulents

Some cacti have unusual shapes and appearances.

Good examples of Crested Mexican Fence Post cacti on the right and center.

Yes, you can get the shirt.

Wide varieties for the home.

An example of a monkey-tailed cactus in bloom.

Couldn’t resist this monkey-tailed cactus shot.

Fascinating group.

A great variety.

One more shot of the terrific variety and selection.

That is the tour. So relax, have some food and drink and enjoy Mariachi Vargas de TecalitlΓ‘n – El Son De La Negra / Guadalajara.

 

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  1. Wow! I never realized how much variety there was in succulents. Cool stuff.

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    1. Thank you, Annette. I was amazed too.

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  2. I always wanted a cactus garden – complete with a cow’s skill for decor. Never did one in the yard, but used to have several potted cacti.

    Nice tour, John.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. Glad you liked it. 😊

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  3. As you said at the end, an amazing selection! I got the biggest kick out of the monkeytail!! 🀣

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    1. The monkeytail was my favorite, too!

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    2. I like that one too. (Obviously since I gave it two shots) Thanks, GP.

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      1. I was talking the dreadlocks – hysterical.

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  4. I enjoyed this tour, John. I’ve always loved cacti, but I never realized there were so many kinds. The monkey tail is great! Have a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. I hope you have a peaceful Sunday as well, Jill. I agree on the monkey tail. 😊

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  5. Those succulents are amazing! Have never seen so many varieties. I find them utterly fascinating. Heading over to the online store (and need that T-shirt!) Happy Sunday, John!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Happy Sunday to you as well. 😊

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  6. I had no idea they are so many different kinds of cacti! The mariachi band was very impressive, more like a mariachi orchestra.

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    1. I was amazed at the varieties too, Liz. I think orchestra is a good name for them.

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  7. Love the Medusa shot.

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  8. Wow. Cacti are fascinating to me, and I think it’s amazing how they can hold enough water in a desert environment to be succulent.

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    1. That is a mystery for sure. I learned one of the reasons they have pickers s to keep animals from eating them for the moisture.

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  9. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cacti and succulents in one place – what amazing variety! A street taco and a ponche, please!

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    1. Thank you, Noelle. This is quite an assortment.

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  10. This would be a great place to visit. I really enjoy cacti and succulents, and they have a nice variety. I still have a few, although I lost my favorite early on, when I drowned the poor thing by watering it in the winter.

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    1. Yeah that does happen. Finally got daughter to stop watering hers.

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  11. Thanks for the link, John. That’s a place Mary and I need to visit! That would really save us trips to Cactus Town near San Angelo, as we did twice two years ago. We are thinking of “remodelling” parts of our garden [where the grass is totally dead]. We are thinking of some xeriscaping, and so cacti and other plants that don’t need much water would be great.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. I love cacti just for the no water landscape feature.

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      1. So do we, especially during the present drought.

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      2. πŸ‘

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  12. My daughter would love this place. All of her houseplants are odd kinds of succulents.

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    1. I’m sure she would. Tough commute though.

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  13. I love all the cacti! We had so many different beds at our place in Coleman, and one of my good friends is the owner and operator of Cactus Town, Texas. πŸ™‚ Such beautiful plants!

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    1. They are beautiful. Thanks, Jan

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  14. A real paradise of cactuses 🌡 Let’s hug πŸ€— them all?πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ouch. You go first.

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      1. Haha πŸ˜‚ I didn’t except that…

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  15. I’ve always wanted to know more about cacti. I’ve little ones popping up across our rock yard, and I have no idea what kind they are. Thank goodness, I always wear shoes in the yard. Thanks for the tour, John. Always fun! 😊

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    1. Yes wear shoes. Good advice for anyone. You can take their photo and there is an app that will identify them for you. The app is free.

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      1. No kidding? I’ll check it out! 😊

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      2. I don’t know the name of the app. But you can google it.

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  16. OOh, I loved this! I adore catci and succulents. I have a very small collection but it’s special to me. I’ve never seen or heard of a Crested Mexican Fence Post cacti before. That one was my favorite! The Monkey Tail is also very cool.

    Great tour today, John!

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    1. Those are the greatest. They became favorites quickly. Thanks, Mae.

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  17. HI John, a lovely display of cacti. I have a number of these in my cacti garden. Some are very big now as we planted it 20 years ago.

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    1. Yes, 20 years is a long time.

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  18. Well, the gardener would love this tour. He’s always dragging home a new cactus! When the javelina ran through our yard they would eat every new cactus plant, but we got permission to put up a fence so they can’t get to them and now he can have cacti to his gardener’s heart content.

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    1. Aww. That is so nice, Luanne. He must be a happy man.

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      1. He is when he’s gardening!

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  19. The plants are stunning.
    Love them all, especially the monkey-tailed cactus in the pot head…erm I mean head pot.
    Can I get the verde w/o the jack cheese?
    xo

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    1. You can have the verde without cheese. By the way head pot and pot head sound funny either way. πŸ‚

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  20. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Amazing variety! Plants have to be so adaptable, especially considering your warm climate.

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    1. Yes some of these are inside plants since it is so hot here.

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  21. Oh how I would love that tour. I want to live there. Thanks so much. Checking out the link.

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  22. I don’t know much about succulents, so this was a treat for me, John. Such a variety!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Teri.

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    The monkey tail was great. That is a lot of cactus.

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    1. It is. Thanks, Denise.

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  24. Wow, they’re all weird and wonderful! The Monkey Tail and the Mexican Fence Post caught my eye, I don’t think they’d survive a Canadian winter though, lol

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    1. I don’t think so either. A couple of nights below freezing is about all they can handle

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  25. Wow, so many types of cacti! Interesting menu today. Anyway I can get a plain old fashion margarita? Lol πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes you can. Here it is.

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      1. That hit the spot. Thanks πŸ™‚

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      2. Give me your keys and you can have another.

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      3. Lol πŸ™‚

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  26. You are right, John. This is a wonderful selection.
    Thanks for the you and the delicious food and drink!

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    1. Thak you for coming along, Dale. 😁

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      1. You know I don’t like to miss these trips πŸ™‚

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  27. That monkey tailed cactus is wild! I’ve never seen one before.

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    1. I had not either. Thanks, Marc.

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  28. Hi John, thanks for sharing these views! I especially enjoyed the monkey tailed cactus and putting it on that head, well that is clever πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for letting me know, Barbara.

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  29. I adore cacti & succulents, dear John! They are so unusual. An interesting fact: cacti were very popular in the Soviet Union. It was a trend to grow them at sillings. I tried to grow up cacti right from seeds. This attempt was not very successful: only 1 cactus survived. As we did not know how to take care of it properly it lived only about 10 years. Thank you for this wonderful stroll!

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    1. You are welcome Dear Maria. Cacti adore hot dry climates. They cannot be watered too much and require a lot of sun. Succulents not so much. Thank you for coming along on the tour. 😊

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      1. 🌳🌳🌳 You know, there were people who managed to have a true cacti garden in their ordinary Soviet appartements. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      2. I’m sure there are some varieties that do well inside.

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  30. Looks like we’ll be checking this out on Nov. 20: Thanks for this heads-up. We’ll be in Austin that weekend to watch two German soccer clubs [1. FC Koeln and VFB Stuttgart] playing each other in the Q2 stadium that Saturday, and on Friday evening we’ll want to see Filed of Light in the Ladybird Wildflower Center.

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    1. Sounds like a great weekend. Enjoy.

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      1. I think we will, John!

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