Steady growth is a deceptive thing. It wasn't until I compared my September and December photos of the revamped succulent garden that I realised how much things have grown there. At least I know they're loving their new home, and that's the main thing I wanted to happen. Digging in vast amounts of sand has provided them with the free-draining soil they needed, and this relatively dryish spring has suited them just fine. Thank you Huey, the Rain God, very supportive gesture. And so it's on with the guided tour, and if any succulent experts can help me with a few names, I will be forever in your debt.
|This morning, December 9, a happy little succulent patch.|
Check out the photo below, to see how well it has grown.
|This is the day I planted it all out, September 2.|
|This hovering 'helicopter' shot shows how there's a bit of|
crowding going on, but most of them have room to grow.
The main problem here is the green Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
centre left, which is making life hard for the sempervivums.
|Sedum rubrotinctim 'Jelly Beans' with a little|
pink tinge to the tips, are doing outrageously well.
|Ditto the grey-blue Senecio nearby. Slow down!|
|Black-leaved Aeonium 'Schwartkopf' has grown a lot, so too|
its neighbour, who I think might be a Senecio ameniensis.
|Well-named, Kalanchoe 'Copper Spoons' in|
front, with another Senecio amaniensis at the
back, both belting along in the sandy soil.
|This weirdo is an echeveria, E. 'Topsy Turvey'.|
|Euphorbia caput-medusae, or Medusa's head, will soon|
be wearing a veil of these pretty little yellow flowers all over.
|This trailing succulent, about to flower, is Senecio jacobensii.|
It's probably happier in a hanging basket, on the edge of a
rock or ledge, but I am hoping it will grow down the gentle
slope. I have another one in a basket, just as a back-up.
|At this stage, its flower looks like a bunch of julienned carrots.|
|As mentioned earlier, these sempervivums are being crowded|
by the rapid spread of the Sedum 'Autumn Joy'. I'm keeping
a watch on this, which I suspect is an unfolding disaster.
|Same deal with this fascinating person, whose name I don't know.|
When planted back in September, it looked decidedly unhealthy,
a bit 'wrinkly' in the foliage, but now it looks like it's back from
the health resort. Searching for something like it in books and
online has come up with the possibility it's an Argyroderma
of some sort (a what?); and there's a rough chance it could be a
haworthia even, but I honestly don't know its name.
EDIT: thanks to reader/commenter Ngeun, who has a great
blog called Lithopsland, at first it looked like this person is
a Lapidaria of some kind, but then a kind friend of Ngeun's
had a look, and the final decision is that it's Corpuscularia,
Probably C. lehmannii. Thank you LT Expanded!
The other important benefit of spending those few minutes fussing over the succulent patch every morning is that it is so much rewarding fun. And that's the main thing!