Thursday, 14 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
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
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.
Monday, 28 July 2008
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
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
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.
Sunday, 29 June 2008
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
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
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
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
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
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
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.
Our lovely hosts even let me take some cuttings of their succulents. Bless...
Sunday, 18 May 2008
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.
Friday, 9 May 2008
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
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
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Friday, 2 May 2008
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
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!