Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Best find of the year!!! And new planter taking shape!

Euphorbia Milii 'Crown of Thorns'

Just had to share!  I've been working on my new planter most of last week into the weekend.  I had to go to Lowe's to get dirt and of course I had to look at current supply of succulents.  Got a little Golden Barrel cactus and thought I was done.  As I headed toward the cash register out of the corner of my eye I spotted this huge plant.  My head whipped around and I almost gave myself whiplash.  What did I see but this gorgeous Euphorbia Milii 'Crown of Thorns'.  They had about 4 of them and the price was $18.00.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I was at a nursery a few weeks ago and I almost got one about 1/3 this size for $25.00.  I almost ran to the cash register just in case they made a mistake.

Euphorbia Milii 'Crown of Thorns' close up

Just wanted to show you a close up of these healthy leaves.  Euphorbia Milii is from Madagascar and can get 3' tall.  Dave's Garden says that it is ok to 25 degrees F but I am kind of afraid to leave it outside here in Roseville, CA.  I have lost so many succulents.  It likes sun to partial shade and blooms all year long.  The blooms can be pink, red, pale yellow and almost white.  Just like all euphorbia's it is really poisonous.  The milky fluid that comes when skin is broken is very harmful to skin and eyes.  This plant has pink blooms I am pretty sure.  It has some old ones on it and they are kind of pinkish.

New planter (not finished yet)

Here is the new planter in front of my house on left side.  My son Jordan dug all the old plants and dirt out.  Took him quite a while and lots of muscle.  He also layed the brick and with my hubby's help put all the dirt and Dry Stall in to get ready for my plants.  Then it was my turn to take over.  It is still not done.  Lot's of plants and rocks are still waiting to go in.

Pot overflowing

This was my husbands great idea.  This pot had no hole in the bottom.  So really for me it's not very useful because I would forget and overwater the plant in it.  So we half burried it in the corner of the planter.  I added some broken roof tiles inside the pot then added soil.  I want it to eventually look like the pot has fallen over and the plants are flowing out.  I have more plants to add and these will grow and fill in.  But I really like this idea!

Circle of cactus

 In the center is a Echinocactus grusonii 'Golden barrel cactus' so is the little one on the left.  The cactus in the front is a Notocactus magnificus.  The white one on the right is Oreocereus trollii.  It has red spines and is covered with this long hairlike substance.

Left side of new planter

Back left side of my new planter in front of my house.  I got that beautiful aloe on the left from a great guy at the Carmichael Cactus & Succulent society sale this summer.  Robin Stockwell from Succulent Gardens has identified it as Aloe saponaria.  It has lots of babies in the back.  Behind it to the right is  Kalanchoe panamensis which will multiply and crawl around.  To the right the cactus is a small Pachycereus pringlei 'False Saguaro or "Cardon".  It is from Mexico and can grow to 70' tall.  The flowers are white and look a lot like the Saquaro flowers.  It grows faster than a Saquaro and when it gets older it will lose it's needles.  To it's right are 4 little Myrtillocactus geometrizans 'Blue Myrtle Cactus'.  This is a columnar cactus that can get 10' tall.  It is native to Mexico, Central America and Baja, CA.  They get satin white flowers.  Hopefully it will do well.  It does not handle frost well so might have to cover with a bucket in the winter.  The spikey thing in front is Agave stricta 'Hedgehog Agave'.  Very sharp spins on this one.  And it tends to grow in clumps.  So it may not stay in this planter for long.  

Echeveria Decorum

Echeveria Decorum
I wanted to show you a few of the pretties I added to my new planter so far.

Echeveria hybrid

Echeveria Mahogany
I don't know the exact name of this hybrid but the color is amazing!  Hope it does well!
Thank you so much Robin Stockwell from Succulent Gardens for helping me with the names of a lot of these succulents!  It looks like quite a few were mislabeled.

Echeveria Ciliata x nodulosa

Echeveria Ciliata x nodulosa
One of my favorites.  Love the red edges.  I have this planted in my new planter out front.  It is one of the succulents that is pouring out of the buried pot.

Echeveria pulidonis

Echeveria pulidonis hybrid with agavoides
This echeveria is really small.  I planted it so it will flow out of the pot also.

Sedum Nussbaumerianum

Sedum adolphi hybrid
Native to Mexico this is an excellent ground cover.  It is also great for hanging baskets.  This is flowing out of the pot along with some burro's tail sedum.  It is suppose to be a coppertone color.  This one has been in the shade for a long time so hopefully it will change color in the sun.  

Senecio Scaposus 'Silver coral'

Senecio Scaposus 'Silver coral'
This is native to South Africa.  It forms finger like leaves covered with white spider web like coating.  This succulent would look great if you were making a ocean themed pot or planter.


Sempervivum calcareum tectorum
I don't know what kind this is but I love the color.  Check out those little babies around the bottom.

The next post will be Huntington Botanical Gardens part 2.  I'll start working on it now because it seems to take me forever to put a post together.  Hope everyone is having a great week.

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Evelyn said...

wow, the new space will look absolutely gorgeous. Love those new sux - the semps are very beautiful - love the colours; and the echeverias, such lovely bluish tones, and so plump...

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks Evelyn, I love the colors too! Hope they get some roots going before winter and do well.

Gerhard Bock said...

That crown of thorns was a great find! I look forward to seeing it bloom. I keep finding conflicting information about its cold-hardiness, but I think I'll keep mine (a small one I got at Succulent Gardens) above freezing.

Love your new planting bed. The variety of succulents you have is amazing. Can't wait to see it in person soon.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Yes I think I will keep mine in the garage too. Let me know when you want to come over!

Spiky Obsession said...

Love the new plantingg, will look stunning as it fills out. I am not sure your echeveria pulidonis is correct, it should have rounder leaves with red edges (my thumbnail is a picture of one). But probably need to let it grow a bit for a prpoer ID.

robin Stockwell said...

I love your website. It is sofun and I can feel your passion and energy. The Echeveria hybrid is mahogany, one of the gibbiflora hybrids. The plant labeled Sedum nussbaunianu,m is actually Sedum adolphbi hybrid. Adolphii is yellow with some rose color on the edge at times. Nussbaunianum is orange and has narrower leaves. The last photo is Sempervivum calcareum tectorum. The plant labeled E. puladonis looks to be a hybrid with agavoides in it. Very lovely plant. E puladonis would have narrower leaves and be lighter in color. I'm pretty sure the Aloe is saponaria, although it could be a newer hybrid. I hope this helps. Your family affair with succulents is so cool. Robin

Matt and Bobbie said...

Wow--that Crown of Thorns is really pretty. Way to score a good deal! I love when that happens. Your new planter looks great, and will only get better as everything grows and fills in.

Stephanie said...

That Euphorbia milii is gorgeous! Sorry for the cold temperature you will be having there. Over here, we just leave them to thrive in full sun out in the open. I guess it will be much easier for us to grow EM. But for succulent is different. I find it hard to grow due to the frequent rain. You have a marvellous collection and you grow them really well. Btw, I like the effect of the toppled pot... cool display :-D

Sueli said...

Hi, what amazing garden! All are very beautiful. Hugs,

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you soooooo much Robin for the names and corrections. You are the best. I wish I had met you at the extravaganza but next year for sure. I am glad you like my blog and hope that you visit again.

I can't wait for it to fill in also. I just hope it survives the winter. I have a feeling a will lose some. But that is fairly norm for me in the winter.

And yes Stephanie, I wish I had your climate. But oh well, we have what we have.

Cindy said...

Looks terrific, Candy! Can't wait for future pics to see how it develops...Love your passion!

Julie said...

Oh, Candy...everything just is so beautiful!!! You sure got some gorgeous plants to place in your new garden areas! It is such a pleasure to stare at your blog for hours, soaking up all the beauty!!!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Cindy and what a great compliment Julie. Thank you!

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

i can't wait to see how these fill in... very nice.

Catherine said...

Candy you are my gardening idol! I'm anxiously going through your blog to see what I've missed during this past busy month of school! So far I am thoroughly in love, your plants are gorgeous and thriving as usual and your posts on Botanical Gardens have me in cactus la la land! hahaha :)

If I was in your town I'd jump at the chance to help you with your new planters and learn all I could from you... Good luck, it's gonna look amazing! I hope you and your family are well, thank you for sharing this beauty with us Candy :)