This Echeveria has been a hummingbird favorite for the four summers I've had it. First picture shows open flowers today. Second picture was taken 3 weeks ago and shows the body. This thing spent some time as a large, solitary plant that filled the pot, but a couple of winters ago it started to offset and there are now 12 or 13 heads. Third picture shows the largest head (mother plant) last November right before I chopped it off to re-root it. Last picture shows what that head looks like now, alongside one of the offsets which I started at the same time. The leaves have a very different shape and posture.
This Euphorbia misera is going strong while most of them are asleep for the summer. You can see male and female flowers in the first picture, plus a handful of pollinators. Second shot taken at the base of the plant shows just how branchy things are down there.
I don't know what to call some of my plants. The first Echeveria is not Lola, the flowers are different Here's a shot of it when it was younger (10" pot). The plant came to me as an E. cante hybrid, and the flowers do look right for that (more so than the leaves to my inexpert eye). The furry Echeveria pictured above is harmsii. The hot and cold one is supposed to be a colorata but I have not yet seen it bloom.
I love them all Baja, and your beautiful colored pots too. Your know I've mentioned before your lovely mellow light there near the sea. You (and your plants) are so lucky! I have an Echinocereus similar to yours, but it hasn't bloomed as yet. I'm hoping it will within the next 12 months. What a flower it has!
Thank you Baja for sharing all those pics, and as NancySLAZ says and that I have said before, you do a beautiful job placing the right plants in pots that show them off for the best. I love the pic that shows the ocean in the distance. Hopefully someday I can see your plants in person!! Xuling
kinym: Mid-summer is when my dragonfruit plants wake up and become active. Now is the time. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Nancy: That plant should be a pretty reliable bloomer once it gets to a certain size. Last year mine flowered in triplicate, not sure why it was less active this year. Could be because I moved it under an overhang and it gets less sun now.
Helen: What is that plant? and do I see flowers in there? It looks like it's really jamming.
Thanks all for the kind words. I do try to find containers that accent the plants. Along those lines here is a small Echeveria "Afterglow", recently repotted into a matching bowl.
Summer is a rough time in my garden. Most plants do not look their best, and some of them don't make it. The ones in the ground are turning brown and and shriveling inward after 4 months with no rain. The ones in pots are a little better off because they get more attention (and some sun protection, for the most part).
Boy, summer is a killer for me too. Most of my cacti and succulents are in pots. We have had temps in the 110's for over 7 days and nights not below 90 either. My poor plants are boiling! Here's a Astrophytum myriostigma that I brought inside today because, when I touched the pot it was just so hot. I feel sorry for them!
In all fairness, it doesn't look to be suffering all that much, incredible as it may be. I know what you mean about containers heating up. Even here (summer high to date 76 degrees) they turn into little casserole dishes when they spend any time in the sun. I now avoid dark colors when I look for pots, for that reason.
This one is darker than I usually go, but the agave inside can handle it. It's growing pretty fast, so it probably won't be there for more than a few months.
Yes, the Astrophytum does look good, even though the pot was so hot to the touch. It is under a covered patio too and gets almost no direct sun at this time of year. These hardy plants amaze me. I usually get light colored pots too ... but I love that blue one (my favorite color) the agave is in!
My Euphorbias have done really well in s/h. They can tolerate being dry much better than too much moisture. Even so it can be a difficult balance and I have lost a number in s/h.
Heres another favorite.
I hope you don't mind my volunteering, I think that one is mislabeled. Perhaps labels got switched? That is E virosa or E 'not virosa' Palmwag Road. Or a close relative. I love it, and I have its twin.
E monacantha and the 'Mrs Ash' cultivar look quite different. In particular, the spines are individual (mon- one, cantha spine).
I can't disagree with your assessment. And I always appreciate input since I am a big novice in all this plant taxonomy. If you come up with the 'right' name I would love to know. It is from Aridlands. So who knows? Not me. And I guess names are subject to change.
It still is a favorite.
Yup, I have its twin, also from AridLands, which I got from them as Euphorbia 'not virosa' Palmwag Road. Check that one out at their site. I think the Palmwag Road population has since been grouped under E virosa, but of that I'm not sure. The one I have is approx the same age, maybe the same seed lot!
And I love it too! Looking at pictures of mature plants, they seem to lose the striking color variations of the stem, but the adult, columnar plants are quite striking, too.
A similar plant (differing by the number of cyathia scars between pairs of spines on the spine shield) is Euphorbia avasmontana. Web search indicates that E virosa is the more widespread of the two.
NancySLAZ wrote:your lovely mellow light there near the sea
Been thinking about this (and paying more attention to daily changes)... the light here is probably just as strong as what you experience much of the time. In all fairness it's been unusually hazy this summer (all the way through Fogust anyway). No complaints about that, me or the plants either. Diffuse light is way better for both of us.
A c ouple of graphs to illustrate what passes for a summer heat wave here. Our summer high is 30°C (86°F), but our annual high remains the 31°C set back in January. That tells you something right there. Also, the humidity is very consistent this time of year, even on the one or two days it got warm. Both of those factors probably make it easier to grow most succulents here. That's the "mellow" aspect of the situation, indeed.
Didn't plan the weird light effect here (dark subject against bright shade) but it worked out okay. Echeveria affinis has been a bug magnet (first two inflorescences had to go in early bud stage). So far so good on number three (?due to imidacloprid treatment). Really hoping that continues... flowers on this plant are very intense.
A. dorotheae blooms for me in winter but I have a friend here in Phoenix and hers is blooming now. Mine has gone green because I moved it into a shadier spot because I was afraid it would get burned. Maybe I should put it in more sun and it would bloom now. Hmmmm ...
From the green graph it seems to be pretty humid there now. I didn't realize that was the case. We are in our monsoon season but it is nowhere near as humid as where you are. Ours is in mostly the high 20's percentage-wise which is better than winter when it is under 10 percent often.
Love the E. affinis! I have A. jucunda but it is a young one so no blooms yet.
Yeah, Aloe dorotheae flowers a bit more vigorously in the winter. I would think you could give it just enough sunlight to effect a color change (in the yellow to orange range) without worrying about stressing the plant out. That one in the ground is pretty red because it hasn't rained for a while. It's greener (mostly in the center) during the rainy season.
I'm sure some desert plants would not be pleased with the high humidity we have here. Well, they've died by now if that's the case. The ones that live on have proven they can handle it.
Aloe jucunda is one of my favorite plants. Very pretty leaves, great form. Flowers about three times a year, offsets at a steady pace. Be careful with too much sun. A sunny windowsill is just about perfect.
Yeah, I like that it doesn't flower all at once, but rather over a period of a few weeks. That plant tolerates as much sun as I can give it, which makes it an automatic favorite.
A few shots of Crassula flowers here. First plant (noid) makes tiny white flowers. It's been through the wars and lost most of its lower leaves, poor thing. Second plant (C. perfoliata falcata) also has scrappy foliage, partly because it puts so much into flowering at this time of year, our dry season. Both of them attract lots of bugs in the bud stage, though the second one cleared right up when I put it in the garden.
A few aloes showing the effects of summer. First one burnt through most of its lower leaves flowering in July. Second one (Aloe vera) has lost most of its green color but will come right back in the fall. Third one is flowering for the second time this summer (just discovered this today hiding under the Echeveria).
My Aeoniums look like your 'Cyclops' right now Baja. The heat just does them in. I have them in the shade now. If they were in the sun, they would totally die. I have E. 'Firesticks' too. Mine does not get red like that until the cold comes in winter. Love to see the vibrant colors on the Crassulas since they just don't make it here.
I'm surprised the Aeoniums can take it. Hey, that's great.
The "Firesticks" look their best (in my opinion) when the only shade they receive is what they generate for themselves. Then you get the three-color effect: green on bottom stems and inner parts, yellow on most of the plant, and orange at the growth tips (which are always exposed). There's a red version of the plant out there ("Rosea") which adds a fourth color to the scheme.
A couple of recent installations, rescued from unsatisfying container lives. That's the non-variegated Agave Kissho Kan and Euphorbia horrida (male, looking rather pregnant). The agave looks way better than it did in its container, and will probably start growing again when it rains (any day now).
My E. 'Firesticks' is in full sun and loves it. It has developed its little leaves right now. We just had a couple of days of rain in the last month so that makes it happy. I have the variegated Agave Kissho Kan and it is in light shade all the time in a pot. It does fine but it is very slow growing.
Mine was going quite nicely until I sun-shocked it and then it just sat there scowling for months. I'm hoping that will be reversed by putting it in the ground. Pretty good roots on the plant.
Few more shots here to wrap up the set. This is the same Echeveria from before, showing some color. Hummingbirds aren't that interested... they prefer the runyonii the next table down, and have grown tame to the point where they will come and feed when I'm 3 or 4 feet away.
That plant is in the ground, but it grows well in pots. Flash has a big potted one if I recall. They do require some attention/periodic restarting/cutting back as they tend to get a bit out of hand when left to their own devices.
Your plants are always impressive Baja. I don't get so much action on my Georgia deck but my Ariocarpus is putting on a nice show again this year. It is grafted and as you can see the graft is getting 'iffy'. I wonder if it would develop its own roots if given a chance?
Wow, that's amazing. The cactus looks like it's doing great. The graft must be working. I see what you mean, though. Yes, the plant would probably sprout its own roots if forced to do so, but then again it might not. And then there's the question of whether it would be better off on its own roots... presumably they're sort of iffy or someone wouldn't have gone to the trouble of grafting it in the first place. :) Never grown the plant myself, just speculating at a distance. I'd leave it alone unless/until there's a problem.
That is an amazing plant Helen! Is this the first time it has bloomed? How long have you had it. I'm with Baja. I'd wait unless you have a problem with it. I see you have it braced with rocks in the S-H. I imagine it is hard to keep it upright.
Thanks Nancy & Baja,
The plant is around 4 yrs old. I got it as a small single graft from Thailand. It has gone crazy!
I will leave it alone for now and not disturb it unless it falls off its graft!!
But... maybe if I raise the s/h to make contact with the bottom of the plant it might start it own roots? Hmm, hadn't thought of that.
May I butt in and ask a question? I have a several year old Crassula perfoliata falcata, 'Sickle Plant' that bloomed this August. What a dramatic bloom! Got a blue ribbon at the Fair. The foliage looks terrible after 2 hail storms early in the summer, when it could still rain and the plant is way out of balance now, too. Will new leaves form where the bloom stalk was? And can I cut off the top to start a new plant? It wasn't one of my favorites till I saw it bloom.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Yes, of course. New growth will sprout at the base of this year's flower, also sometimes new branches will grow from below. You can definitely cut off the top and start a new plant. Be careful not to overwater while the cutting is rooting. Good luck!