Friday, 18 January 2008

Zamioculcas zamiifolia

I bought one of these guys for my mother's birthday last year, and my other half liked it so much I bought him one, too. Then our neighbour went overseas, and bequeathed us his. So now I own two of these guys.

They are glorious in the flesh—glossy dark green foliage, with leopard-spotted fleshy stalks. They seem fairly slow-growing, and love the filtered light in our bathroom.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Echeveria prolifera

Water, to go with yesterday's fire...

A pretty little fellow, with small rosettes growing on long stems. He'd probably do well in a hanging pot. He's very new, so I can't really comment on his growth habits!

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Bryophyllum tubiflorum

Sometimes, you end up with a bad egg... I've blogged about this guy before (or rather, a close cousin—Bryophyllum daigremontianum). It's a listed weed, highly invasive and poisonous to stock. The trouble is, you can't just pull it out and toss it in the compost—being a succulent the bugger will just keep growing. As an experiment, I left a couple of samples of this plant on the pavement in full sun to see how long it would take to die of heatstroke. Two weeks later, through some of the hottest days in Canberra history, it's still green. It'll die eventually... The sample in this picture got burned—soaked in meths and set alight. Far more fun than leaving it out in the sun, but folks, if you decide to take this rather drastic approach to weed control, please do it under controlled circumstances, and not on a fire ban day.

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Euphorbia myrsinites

Now really, how you go past something that calls itself "creeping spurge"?

This is a new plant, bought today in a spending spree at Pialligo (thanks to a gift voucher from my mother-in-law). Pialligo is a not-so-little haven of garden shops in Canberra, tucked away behind the airport in a semi-rural area populated by alpacas, rusty farm equipment, and a thing called the "Apple Yurt". There's even a hidden winery and a restaurant. Mum and I wandered around in the heat, wishing we'd brought hats, and ended up coming away with seven new succulents. I can quit any time. Really.

Sedum dendroideum

A new cutting from a friend, waiting to dry out a little before being split up and planted. It's growing in my friend's back yard as a big bush, very leggy—about 30cms high with a 1m spread—in full sun on a slope with poor soil.

Let me just say again how fantastic succulents are for our drought-afflicted country. Who needs sprinkler systems when you can get by with a water tank and an occasional drenching with the watering can?