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.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Sedum spathulifolium 'Purpureum'

Sedum spathulifolium 'Purpureum'

This is a cute little groundcover I picked up about six months ago. I like the contrast between his dark grey leaves and his bright red stems.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Cotyledon orbiculata

Cotyledon orbiculata

I carried this little guy from Rutherglen all the way home to Canberra, and potted him up expecting him to start growing into the massive bush I'd nicked the cutting off. Nothing. Sat in his pot and stared at me. Eventually, one leaf curled over. Figuring I had nothing to lose, he got planted out in the garden when I cleared the front bed. Now, he's got shoots, and the curled-over leaf is acting as a sunshade.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Sedum dendroideum 'praealtum'

Sedum dendroideum 'praealtum'

This is one of the plants I put out in the front garden to fill a newly-emptied bed. As you can see, it's going a bit mad. Winter growth spurts weird me out.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Aeonium canariense

Aeonium canariense

I've been after one of these for a while, and finally one turned up at a nursery I don't usually frequent. With 40cm leaf heads in the offing, how could anyone refuse? I've got several Aeoniums at home, and they grow like the blazes in Canberra.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Crassula argentea

Crassula argentea

It's growing season for succulents. While all my other plants are curling up into dormancy for winter, my succulents are growing like mad things.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Watercolour 2

Watercolour 2

Another watercolour for you, this time Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'. The Lensbaby has such lovely bokeh and such a small DOF that doing shots like this, while a bit hit and miss, is far easier than with a standard lens. That said, most of the photos on this site are taken with the Lensbaby—it's my default macro lens.

It's a lovely day today, so I shall be out taking photos of the succulents as soon as I've had my breakfast.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Watercolour 1

Watercolour 1

I didn't get out this weekend to take photos. I got busy taking Mum shopping, visiting friends, and sewing a Victorian period skirt. None of which has anything to do with succulents, except possibly the fact that while shopping with Mum, I bought mealy bug spray and succulent potting mix. Ah, the thrilling life I lead...

This flower is Aloe Aristata, shot out of focus with my favourite lens, the Lensbaby 2.0.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Pachyphytum compactum

Pachyphytum compactum

I've had this guy for about six months now. He's a slow grower. Well, he's a slow grower when compared to most of my other plants, which are on the whole, prolific. I love the sculpted look of him, as though his leaves have been carved out of marble.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Haworthia reinwardtii

Haworthia reinwardtii

The buds opened last week. The flowers are nearly identical to those on my Zebra Plant (Hawarthia fasciata). The plant's looking a bit happier now, too. He just needed a good drink.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Kalanchoe marmorata 'penwiper plant'

Kalanchoe marmorata

I planted this guy out in a pot a few weeks ago, and he now sits at my front door, getting lots of sun all day long. He's gone quite mad, producing new leaves and colouring up his spots to a beautiful dark purple. He's also started producing tiny little babies—by next year he'll be filling that pot!

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Echeveria imbricata

Echeveria imbricata

My Imbricatas are still in full bloom. If you're ever in need of something hardy, prolific, and capable of producing a flower show ten months of the year, he's your man.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Aeonium 'cyclops'

Aeonium 'cyclops'

I received a cutting of this plant about a month ago, and he was quite a bit greener then. Now he's had some sun, he's coloured up nicely.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Sedum sieboldii

Sedum sieboldii

This is a cute little guy... A ground covering plant, with lovely pale grey leaves, fringed with red. He's had buds for a while now, but I guess he's waiting for the right moment to open them.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Pots and pots and pots

Pots and pots and pots

This is a very small bit of my garden. I have a paved area which is partially covered by a shade sail, and to one side I have a growing collection of copper pots. Succulents seem to really love growing in copper. If I need to get a cutting going fast; into a copper pot. If I've got a plant that's looking a bit sad; into a copper pot. I've read that copper prevents the finer roots from growing, thus forcing the plant to concentrate on its central root system. Or, it could be that the metal heats up sufficiently to dry out the soil and prevent the plant getting soggy. It certainly helps protect them from frost. Whatever the reason, copper pots rock.

They also look fantastic.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Well, it's definitely a flower spike. It's leapt up over the past week, and I can now see the beginnings of buds in the cup.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Crassula erosula 'campfire'

Crassula erosula 'campfire'

Another fairly recent addition, this guy. I've got several cuttings scattered through my garden, and they're just starting to get their winter frocks on. The leaves are turning a glorious red, and flower buds are starting to form.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Echeveria runyonii 'tospy turvy'

Echeveria runyonii 'tospy turvy'

I mentioned that both my larger runyoniis were flowering at the moment, and that one of them looked a bit...mutated. This is the mutant. The plant's put out at least a dozen flower stalks, all with these weirdly mutated flowers on them. The central part of the flower hasn't opened at all. It's clearly got something wrong with it, what I don't know.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

After the Pogrom (Sempervivum tectorum)

Sempervivum tectorum

I gardened this weekend at my mother's house. The people who built my parent's house filled the garden with cheap bulk-bought plants, including a rather prolific creeper. This creeper was spreading all over the paths, wrapping itself around other plants, and generally being a nuisance. Every time Mum cut it back, it would sprout new tendrils, triffid-like. This stuff was becoming a trip hazard, and Mum's not as able in the garden as she used to be—keeping up with its growth spurts wasn't easy on her.

So; it had to go. My husband got to use his mattock (his favourite gardening tool—a bit too brutal for my taste!) and we cleared out half a dozen garbage bags of the stuff. In two of the freshly-cleared beds I planted succulents; some tall sedums and graptoverias for the back, a mass planting of aloe aristata to the front of one bed; massed sempervivum tectorum on the other. I took some photos, which unfortunately didn't turn out too well. The plants should put on a good growth spurt over the next few months and hopefully I'll soon have some photos to show for my efforts!

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Echeveria setosa

Echeveria setosa

I found this guy at the local hardware store, languishing in a too-small pot. He was too furry to pass up. He's quite a large specimen—each leaf is 5-8cms long, and all covered in a fine white fur.