More of this happened outside over the weekend...
So I decided it was time to give the basement prisoners a little love. I've watered and misted the Bromeliads all winter but haven't given the succulents any attention, and they've been down here since October, almost 4 months! It was time to look them over for mealy bugs and give the really thristy ones a little water. Oh, and take a few plant portraits...
Agave victoriae-reginae dwarf variegate 'Golden Princess'
I bought this little cactus without a label, someone told me once (via comment on the blog) what they thought it was, but I can't remember. (Stenocactus multicostatus)
Cryptanthus trio. I can tell you the cute guy on the bottom lower right is, C. lacerdae 'Menescal'...the others will have to remain nameless, although the one at the top maybe C. 'Opal'...
Nameless little Aeonium. I'm having much better luck overwintering Aeoniums this year, not sure why.
Every year I dig up the Passiflora 'Sunburst' vine and bring it inside. It drops all it's leaves and looks like a dead stick and I forget about it. Then a couple of months later I notice a leaf or two working their way through the other plants and find it's grown a couple of feet before I noticed.
This year it decided it wanted to get up close and cozy with the Agave desmettiana.
Close-up so you can appreciate the spikes.
While I worked I listened to a couple episodes of the In Defense of Plants podcast, one of them called Agave are Awesome with Dr. Jeff Lake. This guy lives in Michigan and is an agave lover. He admitted to not really wanting his agaves to grow, because he'd run out of space. He didn't mind them staying stunted in containers. I've never heard anyone else say this, but I've often thought it.
My Echinocactus grusonii is doing something kid of odd, which is hard to see in this photo. It's not the symmetrical plant it used to be, it's kind of like it's wanting to split in two. Poor thing is probably tired of the container life.
Can't remember the name of this contorted fellow.
And finally Agave attenuata. When you can't be outside gardening it's nice to have an alternative.
Weather Diary, Feb 10: Hi 38, Low 25/ Precip .14" (rain)
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