Sunday, March 13, 2011

Happy Cactus Monday.....Out of Hibernation

Fred is a happy plant!

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.

Fred's close up

Here is a macro shot for you of Fred! Isn't he a beauty?

Succulents out of hibernation

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.

New growth

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.

Cholla spines....Ouch!

Here's another cactus I got in Phoenix. It's a cholla and lookie new branches coming!

I got my fish!

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?



Joyful said...

so beautiful. i love them all.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much!

Margaret Ann said...

Beautiful photos...Love the capture of that warm sunlight in the first two... :) HCM! :)

Evelyn said...

HCM Candy. Wow, they must feel so good to be out in the open again. Fred Ives is one of my fav. Your is looking amazing.

Have a great week.

Matt and Bobbie said...

I adore your gazebo! It looks a lot like my patio--so full of plants. Really beautiful.

Mandy said...

They all look so comfy under your gazebo! I hauled all of mine out of the greenhouse today and put them on the back porch. I'm hoping they don't get too freaked out, but maybe not since they weren't completly in the dark! I thought about your cool planters when I found my turtle yesterday. I can't wait to see what you put in it.

Teri C said...

Your outside looks so welcoming that I would love to come, sit down and sketch your beautiful plants!!!


Julie said...

Yes, I agree with Teri...can we all just come and lounge in your backyard, maybe with some refreshing lemonade and a big strong man serving??? LOLOL!

It is a beautiful space! Love your opuntia, and that Cholla is gorgeous! WOWZERS!!!

Your graptoveria is so big and lush! Beautiful light green color, eh???

As for your fish glad you got one! I am thinking a curly Hoya would look neat...spilling out of the mouth like seaweed!!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

LOL! You guys are so funny! I should have posted a picture of my cabana boy! He is gorgeous! LOL And you all are welcome to come over anytime! I would love to have you sketch my plants Teri.

I think they should do ok Mandy just not too much water yet or too much sun.

Great idea Julie about the Hoya. I have seen these before at Target but never gotten one. I hope they have one this year and I will try it.

Thanks everyone so much!

Stephanie said...

I love the sight of your gazebo! Looks like a little nursery with many wonderful plants on sale hehe... & Fred is beautiful.

I like your new fish planter. Try it out with the many succulents you have. Don't transplant first. Just dump the whole pot into the fish mouth. If it doesn't look nice, just change to another. I am sure you will find one that will be so suitable later ;-)

Happy gardening!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...


Diane AZ said...

Your succulents look so happy under the gazebo! The new fish planter is adorable, can't wait to see what you plant in it. :)

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Good idea Stephanie, sometimes I do that. I just take the small pots of succulents and kind of arrange them in the hole first before I plant. Then I can change them out if they don't look right.

Thank you for your visit Pranavam.

And thanks Diane, I will post a pic when I plant!

Succuland said...

Hi honey,
I am so lazzy to write comment/read blogs. I also missed HCM this week. Actually I was eager look at the new subjects on your blogs. Anyway, you mentioned again great subjects with wonderful photos. I enjoyed it again. I love your Grapto. 'FI' and scene of your gazebo. It is not possble to notice that your FI's diameter is getting bigger (!!cross my fingers!!!) MA┼×ALLAH :))
I wish you have great sunny days in Roseville.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

nice new growth on the succulent...

Monty Montgomery said...

Love that fish planter!