Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Cactus Monday on Tuesday!

A work of art!

Hey fellow gardners! Sorry I was missing last week but we had a couple of birthdays to celebrate and it kind of took up a bit of my time. My hubby turned 55 on Friday and I well.....younger on Sunday. LOL I thought I would show you a few of my container planters today. The one above is actually the cutest teacup planter but it is hard to see. Got it at Walmart for $10.00. I planted a donkey tail sedum, a couple different kind of crassula (the one in front is blooming). And in the middle is a echeveria perle von nurnberg. Can't believe how much it has grown since I planted it at the beginning of spring.


I found this beautiful planter already done for me at Target. The plants were a lot smaller when I got it. I am so happy it is doing so well. I can't even count how many different succulents are in it. Below is the other side.


In this shot you can see the first planter underneath and some others. I love my gazebo or else everything would burn up in my backyard. It gets really hot in this part of the yard.


At the beginning of spring I bought eight of these round hanging planters. Really easy all you have to do is add dirt plants and then I covered with tiny decorative rocks. I bought eight of these along with hanging hooks so I could plant 2 on each side of my gazebo. I only got 1 planted and then I hurt my back. Oh well, something fun to look forward to!

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Misc. Succulent Pics

Sun, sun, sun here she comes...

I loved this whiskey barrel in my back yard. I had it loaded with great succulents. This picture was taken before the freeze last winter. Sadly to say I lost the aeonium "sunburst". But the senecio chalk fingers is going strong. Next year when my back is better I am going to replant the whole thing.


I love these echeveria glauca's! This one is just perfect. I will be sending some to Cindy at Bug Safari. I am so excited because I am waiting for a box to come from her right now with succulents and I am going to return some of mine to her! Yeah!

Under the sea

Lastly is a mish mash of succulents against my fence by my gazebo in the back yard. It has quite a few different succulents in there. Sedum blue spruce, echeveria, aeoniums, kalanchoe and agave! I threw some shells in there because I want it to kind of look like a seascape! Oh euphorbia firestick is in there too. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Cactus Monday.....tiny cactus, tiny blooms

Tiny but dangerous

Mammillaria gracilis gragilis or thimble cactus

Thimble cactus bloom

This cactus is very tiny. Each piece is about the size of one section of your finger. You sure need your reading glasses to check out this baby. But as you can see it does have stickers that will get you. And if you thought the plant is small the flowers are ity bity. They are so tiny the best way to see them is with your camera or a magnifying glass. LOL Happy Cactus Monday everyone!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Candy's Maui Vacation day 1

Woke up at 5:15. OMG yippee goin to Maui. No make up throw on cloths. Bags already packed and by 5:45 we are in the car on the way to airport. Eta 6:15. Stan drove me and we are meeting my sister Cindy her girlfriend Dee and my Dad at the airport. My Dad is 87 and he is already nervous about what is going to happen. This is a man that retired a Lt. Colonol from the Air Force after 31 years. But it has been probably over 20 years since he has been on a air plane. Thank goodness that there was no line and we got his shoes off and through security in no time flat. Yeah! Went to a gift store and bought two of those neck pillows (1 for me and 1 for Dad). Sat down for about 10 minutes and they were calling our flight! Yeehaw!

Daddy and I in first class

Daddy and I in first class! Check out the leg room!

Kids first and then first class. If you remember my Dad paid for 1st class hoping that we would both be more comfortable. Me and my back and Dad and his stiff legs. Even before everyone got on board they brought us glasses of ice water. Yes real glass! But guess what the darn chairs in first class only reclined 4 inches. OMG! It was we took Alaskan Airlines and they use a Boeing 737 to go to Hawaii. It is a smaller airplane. So I took both the neck pillows and put them in the small of my back. I had to sit for 5 hours on my spine with 2 ruptured vertebrae. I was in hell except for the cool tv/movie player and yummy food. Oh and 1 darvocette and Lydocaine patches on my back helped too. Thank goodness for them!

First class breakfast menu

So right away we get menu's for breakfast and actually have choices! Wow! I ordered the quiche. Here is a pic of the breakfast fruit and scone that came first. I was watching "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on the digi player. Ha ha! We actually had real silverware! No plastic. And you always got a orchid on your tray.

First class breakfast

Maui from the air

We are finally flying over Maui! Hallelujah! I was never so glad to see someplace in my whole life. We finally land and it is about 10:30 Maui time! We cannot check in till 3:00. Since my Dad and I are in first class we get off first! Awesome! Got my sister and our luggage in record time. My nephew's plane flew in a half hour later. Yeah this is going great. Time to get the cars and go to condo area. But.......had to wait in line to get on a bus to take us to rental car building. Wait in line and when we get there it takes 1 hour to get our cars. I had to stand outside and watch our bags. Finally we get on the way and I get to lay my seat back. Forty five minutes to the condos!

Wow it was so incredible. What a beautiful place. But the hills were a bit brown. And you could see that there had been quite a few fires along side the road and up in the hills. Not like I remembered. I found out later they were in a drought and hadn't had there usually rainfall. Who knew? They aren't going to tell you that because they don't want the tourist trade to drop off.

We finally arrived at Maui Kaanapali Villas. And it is just as beautiful as I remember. Thank goodness we got to check in to one condo a bit early. So I got to rest a bit before we had lunch. So wonderful to lay on the lanai and look out over this gorgeous scene!

Lani looking to right

This is the grounds from upper condo looking to the right. Only two stories on the building!

Lanai looking to middle

The ground looking straight out on the pool and see the ocean in the back!

Lanai looking to left

Looking to the left from upper condo! That building is a bar restaurant!

Couldn't believe that we were finally there. Awesome! Went to the little restaurant that is in that building you see in the back of the bottom pic. We had a great lunch outside looking at the ocean. Saw the biggest spider that scared the wits out of me. I was sitting in a plant right by it. But had to stay quiet about it because my Dad is soooooooo scared of spiders I didn't want him to have a heart attack on the first day at Maui. I would have taken a pic it was so weird but did not want him to see. Cindy thought this was all pretty funny.

So we go back to the condo and I lay on the grass on my back and take the next picture. So beautiful here. We were very tired. Went inside our condos unpacked and relaxed until the next days adventures! Yeah.....we made it!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy Cactus Monday.....I'm Back

This was the only succulent that I could find on Maui that was worth taking a picture of. But then again I spent most of the time in the water with the turtles and fish. Hee hee! Can't wait to share with you! Here is a preview. A beautiful sunset off Kaanapali Beach in Maui. HCM!