Thursday, 31 July 2008

Echeveria derenbergii

Echeveria derenbergii

I got this guy recently (another Magnet Mart rescuee), and in the last few weeks he's started pushing out a flower head and lots of baby rosettes. He has such lovely colouring, I can't wait to see him all massed up!

And, because yesterday's Kalanchoe marmorata was such a close-up, here he is in all his glory, from an old post. His markings were not as bold then as they are now, but you get the idea.

Kalanchoe marmorata

Monday, 28 July 2008

Crassula tetragona 'Miniature Pine Tree'

Crassula tetragona

I've got several of these little guys now, salvaged from Magnet Mart cheap bins. Apparently they can get over a metre high, so I'm wishing them lots of growth spurts. Interestingly, the harsh frosts we've had lately have damaged one of my tetragonas, but not his friend planted a foot away. It's very odd...

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'

Cotyledon macrantha

When I bought this guy in March this year, he had half a dozen leaves. Three months later, he's three times the size. He's growing at the corner of the front bed, so I walk past him every morning. He never complains about the frost — this week it's been hard to tell that he's green under all the ice.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Senecio mandraliscae

It's been bitterly cold here the last week. Heavy frosts. Fog. Short, dark days. I hibernate through winter. The morning alarm goes off, and I lie in bed savouring the warmth, dozing until I hear my husband finish his breakfast and starting the shower. Only then, with the promise of a hot shower to greet me, do I venture out of my warm little nook.

The world is blue and grey this time of year. I'm waiting for the warm colours to come back.

Senecio mandraliscae