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
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
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
Monday, 25 February 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Saturday, 23 February 2008
Friday, 22 February 2008
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
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.
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
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
Monday, 18 February 2008
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
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.