Sunday, 7 December 2008

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Monday, 8 September 2008

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Senecio serpens

Senecio serpens

I'd recommend this plant to anybody. Frost hardy, reasonably fast grower, and very striking foliage. The flowers are a bit nothing, but then you're not planting him for the blooms.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Kalanchoe beharensis 'oak leaf'

Kalanchoe beharensis 'oak leaf'

This is a recent addition: I've been very impressed by his cousin 'fang' that I added him to the collection. He has wonderfully dramatic leaves, covered in a fine fur. Very pretty...

In other news, my huge Aeonium manriqueorum 'Zwartkop', he of the three feet of lovely black rosettes, has been struggling recently with an infestation of mites, and yesterday gave up entirely. The frost must have got him, and his stalk went soft and just folded over in the middle. A shame, but I salvaged all his heads and now I have half a dozen little babies to plant out. I gave a couple to friends, because there are far too many for my purposes!

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Echeveria derenbergii

Echeveria derenbergii

I got this guy recently (another Magnet Mart rescuee), and in the last few weeks he's started pushing out a flower head and lots of baby rosettes. He has such lovely colouring, I can't wait to see him all massed up!

And, because yesterday's Kalanchoe marmorata was such a close-up, here he is in all his glory, from an old post. His markings were not as bold then as they are now, but you get the idea.

Kalanchoe marmorata

Monday, 28 July 2008

Crassula tetragona 'Miniature Pine Tree'

Crassula tetragona

I've got several of these little guys now, salvaged from Magnet Mart cheap bins. Apparently they can get over a metre high, so I'm wishing them lots of growth spurts. Interestingly, the harsh frosts we've had lately have damaged one of my tetragonas, but not his friend planted a foot away. It's very odd...

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'

Cotyledon macrantha

When I bought this guy in March this year, he had half a dozen leaves. Three months later, he's three times the size. He's growing at the corner of the front bed, so I walk past him every morning. He never complains about the frost — this week it's been hard to tell that he's green under all the ice.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Senecio mandraliscae

It's been bitterly cold here the last week. Heavy frosts. Fog. Short, dark days. I hibernate through winter. The morning alarm goes off, and I lie in bed savouring the warmth, dozing until I hear my husband finish his breakfast and starting the shower. Only then, with the promise of a hot shower to greet me, do I venture out of my warm little nook.

The world is blue and grey this time of year. I'm waiting for the warm colours to come back.

Senecio mandraliscae

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi

Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi

I have one of these growing in my yard — a friend in Sydney gave me a cutting and it's been growing very well, though mine hasn't flowered yet. My Sydney friend has masses of these guys in a planter box at the front of her house, all covered in masses of flowers. They're just buds at the moment, but I'll be back in Sydney in three weeks and hopefully I'll get a photo of them in full bloom!

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Pachyphytum oviferum 'moonstones'

Pachyphytum oviferum 'moonstones'

This little guy is starting to think about flowering. I'm so in love with my succulents right now — it's Winter here, everything is in hibernation and everything's drab in my garden except for the succulents. The succulents are growing like mad, and flowering.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Pachyphytum compactum

Pachyphytum compactum

I do believe this is the beginning of a flower spike. I hope the flower is as lovely a colour as the bud is hinting at. He is a slow-growing creature this one, so I expect that like my black prince, it'll be months before I see the bloom.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Echeveria (unknown variety)

Echeveria

I got this chap on the cheap shelf at the hardware store. He's a bit banged up, but looks otherwise very healthy.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

He's almost in bloom! And he's a lovely dark colour...

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

The growing horde

The growing horde

This is a bit of my pot garden to one side of my patio. The pots are slowly accreting...

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Bonsai!

Bonsai pots

Well, not bonsai at all, really. I went shopping a few weeks back with Mum (before I vanished into long-weekend madness) and found these lovely bonsai pots. Cheap, and pretty, and they look perfect with tiny hanging succulents in them! The first is a sedum "Little Missy", the second is an unknown sedum, and I have no idea what the third one is.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Rutherglen gardens 3

Another Echeveria from the gardens of the House at Mt Prior

Rutherglen Succulents

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Rutherglen gardens 2

The flower spike of a beautiful Echeveria from the gardens at the House at Mt Prior.

Rutherglen Succulents

Monday, 19 May 2008

Rutherglen gardens 1

We stayed in Rutherglen at a Bed'n'Breakfast called the House at Mt Prior, which is a magnificent old house with views over the vineyard. The owners had several succulents tucked around the house and garden, which I found on a morning constitutional (why a morning constitutional should involve my camera probably tells you more about me than a bio could). There were pots along the verandah; a pair of rusty old wheelbarrows; and some specimens tucked away in the garden itself.

Rutherglen Succulents Rutherglen Succulents

Our lovely hosts even let me take some cuttings of their succulents. Bless...

Rutherglen Succulents

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Not dead, just missing

I've just come home from a marvellous trip to Rutherglen! For those of you not from Eastern Australia, Rutherglen is a winegrowing region famous for its fortifieds (Tokay and Muscat especially). We spent time touring a couple of the smaller vineyards we didn't catch on our last visit, and spent a full day at Pfeiffer Wines, which is by far my favourite Rutherglen Winery. Robyn Pfeiffer showed us around the winery, talking about its history and how they make their various wines, and then took us through their tasting notes (nearly 30 wines!). We had to break for lunch before we could finish the tastings. It was a glorious day, and I can't wait to go back (probably in November, to watch the turtles cavorting under their bridge).

In the Pfeiffer garden, I found this lovely Aeonium, partially shaded by a big tree.

Rutherglen Succulents

Friday, 9 May 2008

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

For slowness of flowers this guy takes the prize. I first noticed a flower spike forming at the beginning of March. eight weeks later, he's almost in bloom.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Crassula erosula 'campfire'

Crassula erosula 'campfire'

One thing about succulents (and something my mother keeps asking about) is the speed of their flowering. They produce buds over a period of weeks, and sometimes don't blooms for more than six weeks since they started producing buds. This guy started thinking about flowering two weeks ago, and is probably still a week away from blooming.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Senecio serpens

Senecio serpens

I finally got out in the sunshine today, and this little guy has put on more flowers! There was a little jumping spider perching on the blooms, and I just couldn't resist!

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Friday, 2 May 2008

Sempervivum calcareum

Sempervivum calcareum

A brand new little guy! From this angle, he makes me think of a lotus flower. I should note that the darkness of the shot isn't deliberate—the one day this week I got home early enough to take photos in daylight, and it rained. So this is full manual with my fingers crossed. There was only barely enough light.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Like the rest of my succulents, this little guy is putting out masses of new growth.

It's getting into proper Winter weather in Canberra now (we've passed ANZAC Day, which is the traditional breakpoint). It's damp and dark here, and the hours available for photography have dwindled. It's dark by the time I get home from work. I'll just have to put in more hours on the weekend!

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Crassula muscosa 'Watch Chain'

Crassula muscosa

This is such an interesting little guy... He's like coral, waving gently in wind instead of seawater.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Crassula argentea f. variegata

Crassula argentea f. variegata

I have such a weakness for Crassulas... I love their tree-like shapes and their segmented trunks. I picked this guy up in a $3 tube, and he's now stretching his legs in a big pot.