Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Back to the succulents
The cycad rockery is getting warmed up for summer. This one should flush this year if it follows the bi-annual pattern it has in the past. It is being fed and watered in the hope of replicating the amount of water it would expect at this time of year. We are having a very dry spring this year, which is great for the other succulents, not so good for the cycads and alpines.
It is strange to think it was this time last year that the work on the garden was about to start. Lots of dirt, rubble and plants in pots.
Most of the plants have loved having their feet in the ground, plants that I struggled with before like the lampranthus roseus. It was tiny when planted, the photo below shows it last summer.
That is after a prune as well, it was getting a bit out of control, so it was hacked back. Other plants are looking less pristine as well, androsace sempervivoides always starts off as such a neat little plant,
Then it flowers and starts to spread out and I can never keep it looking this plush.
Hopefully this time the offsets will bulk up properly and it will get back to being lovely lush plants again. Given how many new plants there are, it would be an amazing group if it does.
The plants are starting to come out of their winter homes as well, the echeveria agavoides bowl was first. It has been outside for a few weeks now.
It is such a shame the flowers on agavoides are not stronger, but there is no complaining about the colour on these different forms.
There is so much to do when the sun comes out. Lets hope this is a sign of things to come this summer.