HCM everyone! Yesterday it was a beautiful sunny day here in Roseville, CA so I decided it was time to take the succulents out of hibernation. They were becoming quite distressed in the garage and I had lost quite a few already. Some were becoming leggy and pale. So my son Jordan helped me take all of them outside and place most of them under the gazebo. Since they were all so jammed together in the garage it was hard to see how they were all doing. I was very excited to see my Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' in excellent condition and had gotten so big.
Here is a macro shot for you of Fred! Isn't he a beauty?
Here is most of my succulents jammed under the gazebo. It was such a beautiful day. Today it was overcast and then started to rain. I'm glad they were under the gazebo and not getting too wet. Some of the plants can't have much water yet, not right out of hibernation. They would freak out and rot. They don't want too much light too soon either. It's kind of a tricky time for my friends.
Look at the new growth on my optunia. I got this plant in 2009 when I went to help my sister move to Phoenix. We had just eaten dinner at Cracker Barrel restaurant and I was walking to the car. I saw this super awesome optunia with huge long spines and beautiful pink blooms. And laying on the ground was this poor little cactus pad that was starting to shrivel up. I scooped it up with some napkins and took it and a couple other stragglers home. After a couple of weeks at home I put them in the ground. It didn't take long and it plumped up and soon I had another pad. Now I have 3 and and looks like more to follow.
Here's another cactus I got in Phoenix. It's a cholla and lookie new branches coming!
Last but not least, remember went I went to Lowe's a while back? Remember the fish planter I wanted but when I went back it was gone? I went back again and yeah I found one! I can't wait to put some succulents in it. Any suggestions?