Jerome the Cat with Succulents
My small collection of succulents can't safely be planted in my garden, though of course there are many suitable sheltered spots. I prefer to grow them in sheltered pots! I think I have examples of the following in my succulent family - aeonium, sempervivum, echeveria, kalanchoe, sedum, and cotyledon.
One of my mail order catalogues has the following introduction: 'Succulent plants are noted for their interesting appearance and the general ease in which they can be grown'. This makes them sound a bit boring, which they're not. So in an attempt to do justice to these awesome plants, here are some photos of my favourites.
And you'll forgive me if I don't exactly know the correct names. I'll try and update each page when correct identification is made. Enjoy!
Aloe - not a Polyphylla!...
- I'd love to own an Aloe Polyphylla, a spiral aloe. Alas - I only grow a straight-up, no-twirly-nonsense one. It sits on my succulent shelf on the patio, sheltered from any winter frosts by the house wall.
- Agaves grow well in my garden, though I've put them in sheltered spots - and sheltered pots! Adult plants take up a lot of room, and it's unwise to put them anywhere where people might walk. Ouch - those spikes!
Green Succulent - Jade Plant...
- Here's another beautiful succulent (this time a rich bright green) which I have growing in several pots, and whose name I'm not certain of. A kind reader has suggested it's a Jade Plant, or Crassula ovata. Hope I've got it right!
Succulent - Sempervivum No 2...
- Here I go being vague again! I've found a photograph of this succulent in a garden book which tells me it's a sempervivum. I'll go with that, until I find out otherwise.
Succulent - Sempervivum No 1...
- Please let me have the name of this succulent right! I grow it in pots which I placed in different garden beds. This blue and white pot sits on my patio steps.
Succulent - Pink Sedum...
- I'm in trouble - I'm not sure exactly what this succulent is called, though I'm thinking it must be a type of sedum. I adore its subtle flesh-pink colour.
Succulent - Echeveria glauca...
- I bought this big succulent while on a garden visit some years ago. It's much larger than the sempervivums I've identified. And now someone has kindly given me its correct name. It's an Echeveria glauca.
Succulent - Blue Sedum...
- I'm in trouble again! I think this beautiful blue succulent is a type of sedum. Help!
- This chocolate coloured echeveria lives in a pot on the house decking. The first thing I did when I bought it (in a nursery sale) was divide it up into several separate plants.