This is such an interesting little guy... He's like coral, waving gently in wind instead of seawater.
Monday, 28 April 2008
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
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
Monday, 21 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Saturday, 19 April 2008
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
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
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
Friday, 11 April 2008
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
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Sunday, 6 April 2008
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
Friday, 4 April 2008
Thursday, 3 April 2008
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
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!