Thursday, 22 May 2008

Rutherglen gardens 3

Another Echeveria from the gardens of the House at Mt Prior

Rutherglen Succulents

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Rutherglen gardens 2

The flower spike of a beautiful Echeveria from the gardens at the House at Mt Prior.

Rutherglen Succulents

Monday, 19 May 2008

Rutherglen gardens 1

We stayed in Rutherglen at a Bed'n'Breakfast called the House at Mt Prior, which is a magnificent old house with views over the vineyard. The owners had several succulents tucked around the house and garden, which I found on a morning constitutional (why a morning constitutional should involve my camera probably tells you more about me than a bio could). There were pots along the verandah; a pair of rusty old wheelbarrows; and some specimens tucked away in the garden itself.

Rutherglen Succulents Rutherglen Succulents

Our lovely hosts even let me take some cuttings of their succulents. Bless...

Rutherglen Succulents

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Not dead, just missing

I've just come home from a marvellous trip to Rutherglen! For those of you not from Eastern Australia, Rutherglen is a winegrowing region famous for its fortifieds (Tokay and Muscat especially). We spent time touring a couple of the smaller vineyards we didn't catch on our last visit, and spent a full day at Pfeiffer Wines, which is by far my favourite Rutherglen Winery. Robyn Pfeiffer showed us around the winery, talking about its history and how they make their various wines, and then took us through their tasting notes (nearly 30 wines!). We had to break for lunch before we could finish the tastings. It was a glorious day, and I can't wait to go back (probably in November, to watch the turtles cavorting under their bridge).

In the Pfeiffer garden, I found this lovely Aeonium, partially shaded by a big tree.

Rutherglen Succulents

Friday, 9 May 2008

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

For slowness of flowers this guy takes the prize. I first noticed a flower spike forming at the beginning of March. eight weeks later, he's almost in bloom.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Crassula erosula 'campfire'

Crassula erosula 'campfire'

One thing about succulents (and something my mother keeps asking about) is the speed of their flowering. They produce buds over a period of weeks, and sometimes don't blooms for more than six weeks since they started producing buds. This guy started thinking about flowering two weeks ago, and is probably still a week away from blooming.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Senecio serpens

Senecio serpens

I finally got out in the sunshine today, and this little guy has put on more flowers! There was a little jumping spider perching on the blooms, and I just couldn't resist!

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Friday, 2 May 2008

Sempervivum calcareum

Sempervivum calcareum

A brand new little guy! From this angle, he makes me think of a lotus flower. I should note that the darkness of the shot isn't deliberate—the one day this week I got home early enough to take photos in daylight, and it rained. So this is full manual with my fingers crossed. There was only barely enough light.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Like the rest of my succulents, this little guy is putting out masses of new growth.

It's getting into proper Winter weather in Canberra now (we've passed ANZAC Day, which is the traditional breakpoint). It's damp and dark here, and the hours available for photography have dwindled. It's dark by the time I get home from work. I'll just have to put in more hours on the weekend!