Friday, 29 February 2008

Echeveria 'clarence wright'

Echeveria 'clarence wright'

Crinkly! This is a fascinating variation on the standard Echeveria. Green leaves, fading out to dark purple, with a crinkly edge and nubbly surface.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Aloe plicatilis 'fan aloe'

Aloe plicatilis 'fan aloe'

Isn't he interesting? I bought this guy purely for the way his leaves nest together like that. I've grown him in a pot, because they can get quite, well, huge (up to 15 feet, apparently). He grows in front of my garden shed, which as it's metal and soaks up the sun, protects him from frost.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Aeonium arboreum 'Short Black'

Aeonium arboreum 'Short Black'

Another neat little saw-toothed Aeonium. This one is mostly green, with the leaves fading out to dark purple. I only planted him out a fortnight ago, and he's already stretching his legs...

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Kalanchoe marmorata 'penwiper plant'

Kalanchoe marmorata

Is that not the neatest leaf pattern? I can't wait to see how he develops... He's been growing pretty quickly and he's supposed to get quite tall, so I think he's going to end up in my new planned bed out the front of the house.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Echeveria agavoides 'lipstick'

Echeveria agavoides 'lipstick'

I love the fat leaves on the agavoides strain. This one, which is so brand new I haven't repotted him yet, has lovely pink flushes on the tips of his leaves.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Echeveria 'Lola'

Echeveria 'Lola'

This is still a tiny specimen, bought on impulse (do I buy succulents any other way?) because of that gorgeous pale foliage. It's currently only about 5cm across. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one develops.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Echeveria imbricata

Echeveria imbricata

I've blogged this chap before, but the last photo I put up was rather harsh. This one shows the delicate colouring of the plant, with its pale grey leaves and flush of pink at the edges, leading up to that little tooth at the end. Lovely!

Friday, 22 February 2008

Kalanchoe beharensis 'fang'

Kalanchoe beharensis 'fang'

Furry! And spiky! What more could a girl want?

I've added quite a few Kalanchoes to my collection just in the last few months. They come in such a wide variety of leaf-forms that it's not easy to look at them together and see where they're similar.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Sedum dendroideum 'praealtum'

Sedum dendroideum 'praealtum'

You can't quite get a sense of the scale of this plant from this photo. This is a bush, really—the stems are more than half a metre long, and the spread is a good metre so far.

Sedum dendroideum 'praealtum'Here you can see the forest of its stems...

This came from a cutting of a plant several metres in spread, belonging to a good friend of mine who lives over the hill from me. I've yet to see this guy flower, but I'm assured that he does. Given the size of the bush, it'll be quite spectacular!

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Crassula ovata

Crassula Ovata

I have six or seven different varieties of this plant. They're often called jade plants, which confuses me because I think of the portulacaria afra as the jade plant. Whatever common name you use, these are lovely tree-like plants, with jointed trunks as in the photo above. They get huge if you let them, and are quite effective as bonsai because you can prune them to shape.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Crassula perforata 'conjuncta'

Crassula perforata 'conjuncta'

Such a pretty little thing... Runs of pagoda-like leaves around the central stem.

Monday, 18 February 2008

Sedum 'little missy'

Sedum 'little missy'

Sad that I couldn't walk out of the shop without buying this sweet little thing... Tiny, tiny leaves, variegated green and white with a subtle blush of pink on the tips, sporting perfect little white flowers fringed with pink. I usually shy away from variegated varieties, because they can be less hardy than their plainer cousins, but I just fell in love with this one.

I have another variety of these tiny sedums, a much plainer gentleman with dark grey leaves. He's a sombre suit beside this one's clown pants.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

Finally got back into the garden today after being way to slack for far too long...

This guy has got to be one of the more striking succulents in my garden. His leaves are the size of of my hand, and are thickly veined as you can see in this photo. Like a lot of the greener succulents, he goes redder the more sun he gets. I've just had to move him out from underneath the cordylines, where he was getting a bit smooshed, and hopefully the shock of more sun won't damage him any.