Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Crassula marnierana

Another recent purchase, from the hardware store (sad that they have a better range than my local plant shop). I've had this fellow on my wish list for a little while, so I was very pleased to come across one in such an unassuming place!

Crassula marnierana

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii 'Silver Swan'

I have a heap of Euphorbias growing in my front yard. They love the harsh conditions out there, and I don't have to worry about my cats nibbling on them.

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii 'Silver Swan'

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Crassula muscosa

Another salvage from the hardware store. Packed into a tiny 8cm pot, this plant was severely pot-bound and more than 30cm tall! He has room to stretch his legs now.

Crassula muscosa

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Pachyphytum compactum

Somebody told me this guy was a slow grower. My arse. He is very delicate, and if you so much as breath on him he'll drop a leaf. As a result I have about six individual plants now. The oldest of which are flowering again.

Pachyphytum compactum

Monday, 21 December 2009

Crassula dubia

I've had this guy for a few years now. Never had any problems with him. I recently gave a cutting to my mother (admittedly, by the time I gave it to her the 'cutting' was a thriving plant some 20cms across). Every year he seems to put out more flowers. Go the guy!

Crassula dubia

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Crassula perforata

An old favourite, and a bit of a trooper. He's growing in my garden, on the edge of the rock wall in full sun, and sometimes I remember to water him. No wonder he's never flowered.

Crassula perforata

Friday, 18 December 2009

Cotyledon ladismithiensis

My little bear claw plant. My mother's is much bigger, and has better colour than mine. Must be the aspect.

Cotyledon ladismithiensis

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Cotyledon orbiculata

He's flowering! This has got to be the most prolific succulent in my collection. I gave a stalk to the next-door neighbour to stick in her garden, and that's flowering now too. I can't wait to see them open.

Cotyledon orbiculata

Monday, 14 December 2009

Crassula tetragona 'Miniature Pine Tree'

My mother also has one of these guys, about the same size as mine, and during one of my visits to her garden she pointed out the tiny little buds forming on the tips of each branch. I had a good stare at mine when I got home, and it was doing the same thing!

Crassula tetragona 'Miniature Pine Tree'

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Aeonium canariense

I know I've posted a lot of this guy lately. It's just that it's the first time any of my Aeoniums have flowered, and he is quite spectacular!

Aeonium canariense

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Echeveria, maybe

I picked this guy up at my local hardware store, and as is usual for hardware stores, it had a very helpful tag on it - "succulent species". Thanks, guys.

He has the basic habit of an Echeveria, but his leaves are sort of 'sticky' and covered in fine hairs. The flower doesn't look much like my other Echeverias. Andromischus, maybe? Anybody have any clues?

Echeveria, maybe
Echeveria, maybe
Echeveria, maybe

Friday, 11 December 2009

Delosperma pruinosum

This is another one from the hardware store. I have two Delospermas now, and the other one doesn't look much like his cousin here. I love the hairy leaves, and the little flower hiding away in there.

Delosperma pruinosum

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Senecio longiflorus

When I got this guy, he was just a sad little brown-green stick. Now he's producing leaves like a mad thing.

Senecio longiflorus

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Monanthes polyphylla

Adorable, yes? These are (I think) flower heads, launching up from compact Echeveria-like florettes barely 2cm across.

Monanthes polyphylla

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnierii

Also known as "Donkey's Ears". Apparently these get quite huge. I look forward to seeing him grow - currently he's just starting to stretch over the edges of a 15cm pot.

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnierii

Monday, 7 December 2009

Hylotelephium spectabile

They're sleeper agents, these guys. In winter they vanish, and you'd never know they were there. But as soon as the temperature starts ascending, you see a carpet of tiny green curls appear above the soil, and not long after that there's a massive bush where there was only bare soil a few weeks before. Then they get smothered in flowers. Awesome.

Hylotelephium spectabile

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Euphorbia tirucalli

This little fellow was a gift from a friend who's now living in Portland. My last birthday before she and her hubby left for the US, she presented me with four little succulents - she'd passed through some little town on the coast and came across a market selling plants. She thought they were weird enough that I wouldn't have them already. There was this guy, a thing called a 'dancing bones' cactus, a plump little hawarthia and a lovely silver andromischus. I think of her every time I see them.

Euphorbia tirucalli

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Tuesday, 1 December 2009