As the autumn finally delivers its first wintry chills, the succulents start to colour up. One of my favourites, which I've mentioned before, is this person, Senecio jacobensii. Normally yet another blog posting extolling the beauties of its pinky-purple-tipped foliage would be par for the course at this stage, but this year I have news to report.
My senecio is starting to wander. All over the place. Into the shadier regions, and out into the sunshine. It's a rapidly spreading star in our garden and 2014 is the year it has come out in all its glory.
|I'll always think of, and thank, gardening writer|
Cheryl Maddocks for giving me this plant, a
little guy in a pot. Thank you Cheryl.
|The way it branches off looks a bit like a suburban railway map.|
|Measured from one end to the other it's more|
than six feet long, and counting.
|For its first few years here, that spreading|
quality was put to good use in hanging
baskets, where it drapes itself languidly over
|The cool season colour is just starting to blush|
now on the groundcover plant (the hanging
basket is the one with the stronger hues, shown
in the opening photo on this posting).