I've renovated a few succulent containers over the past month. The most recent of these is a birdbath-style planter in the dry garden area on the northeast side of the house. I first planted it with succulents in 2015, using Agave titanota 'White Ice' as the centerpiece. Over time, that plant turned a sickly shade of yellow and developed brown spots so it had to go. I saved 4 healthy pups, which I hope to use elsewhere in the garden or give away. Some of the agave's companions went back into the rehabbed planter.
|The centerpiece of the renovated planter is a noID Aloe I picked up at the Torrance succulent nursery I visited a couple of weeks ago|
|I added Crassula ovata 'Hobbit' and 'Sunset Jade', as well as an Echeveria agavoides and another noID succulent. I filled in with Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' and Aeonium 'Kiwi' from my own garden.|
|Just as I finished I noticed that the container appears to be disintegrating. I'm hoping it'll hold up for another few years.|
I found homes for the mangaves I received by mail order last week too. Two of these went into the succulent bed in front of our garage.
|Can you pick out the new additions here? Probably not - that'd be like a game of "Where's Waldo?"! I've made do with a lot of small plants in this area but they've been slower to gain size that I'd have liked.|
|Here's x Mangave 'Kaleidoscope'|
|This photo shows both x Mangave 'Bad Hair Day' (the floppy plant in the lower left) and the bromeliad I picked up at a recent sale, Billbergia 'Borracho' (spotted plant in front of the enamel pot)|
|Here's a closer look at 'Bad Hair Day'|
The last of the new Mangaves went into the pocket garden behind the succulent bed. I developed that area last year with bromeliads in mind but x Mangave 'Spotty Dotty' doesn't look out of place.
|Here's a close look at it in situ|
The bromeliads I planted in the ground in this area last September are doing fine, although they benefited from some cosmetic work.
|These are noID Neoregelias, also planted last year|
The bromeliad I plunked into a pot last year didn't fare quite as well as those in the ground so I may plant it out as well.
|This is Billbergia 'Carioca'. The central plant died out but it produced offsets.|
As I was checking on 'Carioca', I took the opportunity to check the plant in the larger pot behind it. Other than some burned leaves, probably the byproduct of early July's nuclear heatwave, it looks fine. Closer examination showed that it's developed fruit.
|The fruit have been likened to figs. Some sources say they're edible but apparently the USDA has them on the list of poisonous plants so I won't be sampling them. Maybe the raccoons will perform a taste-test for me.|
All things considered, Dermatobotrys saundersii was a very interesting purchase. I was alarmed when it lost all its leaves soon after I potted it up last November, only to be thrilled to find it flaunting flowers in December.
|And the flowers are followed by fruit! The plant's also epiphytic. You can read more about it here.|
While I was looking for a spot for Mangave 'Kaleidoscope' I considered giving the boot to another plant, Kalanchoe prolifera. It looks like it belongs in a Dr. Seuss tale but I couldn't bring myself to pull it out.
|Also known as Blooming Boxes and Jack in the Beanstalk, I decided it could stay awhile longer. You can read more about it here.|
That's it for my review of my new - and some former - foliage purchases. Fall's just around the corner, or so I like to tell myself, and as temperatures decline, I'll be back to plant shopping on a larger scale.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!
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