I've been busy for the past week cutting plants back, tidying things up, and even doing a little planting. Between taking down the dead Auranticarpa rhombifolia and my end-of-summer pruning activities, we filled all three of our green recycling bins so I felt compelled to take a little break until the waste material is collected on Thursday. In the meantime, I repotted some succulents and gave myself time off to check out a houseplant sale at the local botanic garden.
|These are the spiffed up containers arranged outside the back door|
|The green pot contains Aeonium 'Jolly Green' and Graptosedum 'Vera Higgins'. The tall blue pot holds Mangave 'Black Magic' and the small pot holds a Faucaria tigrina.|
|I just upgraded Mangave 'Praying Hands' (left) to a larger pot. Behind it is Mangave 'Aztec King' and on the right is Mangave 'Falling Waters'.|
I also did a little cleanup in one area of the "bromeliad bed" in the front garden. Only one section of the bed actually contains bromeliads. The other two sections are filled with succulents.
|I cleaned out most of the leaves that were covering this section. In addition to assorted Echeverias, it contains Aeonium 'Lily Pad', Crassula orbicularis var rosularis, and several Haworthia cymbiformis.|
|The translucent leaves of Haworthia cymbiformis are tougher than they look, at least when provided adequate shade|
Yesterday morning I took a drive over to the local botanic garden to check out the house plant sale they'd advertised on Instagram. It looked impressive in the video they'd posted but sadly it was underwhelming when I visited in person.
|I took home just this unlabeled Vriesea (maybe Vriesea splendens)|
After spending all of ten minutes in the plant sale area, I took a walk through the garden. Here are some of the highlights from the Desert Garden area:
|Like this Alluaudia humbertii, a lot of succulents were looking healthy and happy, presumably plumped up by the rain delivered by Tropical Storm Hilary last month |
|Cyphostemma juttae, aka Nambian grape (It's grapes are NOT edible as they're poisonous.)|
|The leaf-less Drimia maritima flowers were in full bloom|
|Two interesting Mammillaria clumps|
|Pedilanthus bracteatus, aka tall slipper plant, looking better than any others I've ever seen|
|I've seen Pseudobombax ellipticum 'Alba' (aka shaving brush tree) in bloom many times but I can't remember ever seeing it fully leafed out like this|
Just outside the Desert Garden, I also saw something I'd never noticed before:
|There's a mass of what I assume are Epiphyllums (orchid cacti) climbing up this tall palm tree. It'll be an interesting sight when those plants bloom.|
I'll be back to pruning later this week. I really should get to work on the back slope but I misjudged the activity level among the fire ants earlier this week and have already accumulated almost a dozen bites. I'm inclined to wait until the temperatures fall into the 60sF and the ants become less active. The alternative is to hose myself down with insect repellent and put on the equivalent of a hazard suit.
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