Thursday, June 21, 2012

I Want to be Alone!

I like to make potting arrangements.  The colors and complex shapes of beautiful succulents all arranged closely in a pot is comforting and warm to me.  But sometimes a plant is just to special to be crowded next to others.  The look of it just begs to be in a pot all by itself.  The simplicity of a single plant sometimes holds  a rare and stunning beauty.  If this is what you see in your minds eye then plant it alone and watch it develop into a glorious thing.

Here are a few of the many succulents I grow.  These I have planted all by themselves and they are very special to me.

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg
This purple beauty is one of my favorites to plant alone.  But it also looks amazing among another plants.  The color is such a beautiful purple.

Crassula perforata

Crassula Perforata
This crassula  is a showstopper!  It looks so cool from any angle!

Echeveria Coccinea

 Echeveria Coccinea!
This is quite a different echeveria.  I love the soft furry leaves!

Sedum Rubrotinctum

Sedum Rubrotinctum
The obvious choice for this pot had to be this plant.  Sometimes called 'Brown Bean" sedum.   I wanted to spill the beans so to say.

Aporocactus flagelliformis 'snake cactus'

Aporocactus flagelliformis 'Snake Plant'
This cactus gets the most beautiful red flowers!

Totem cactus Pachycereus schottii f. monstrosus

Pachycereus schottii f. monstrosus 'Totem cactus'
 I got this awesome faux talavera pot from my best friend!  I wanted to put something really special in it.  I have wanted one of these cactus since I saw the beautiful specimens at The California Cactus Center

Talavera frog

I found this faux talavera frog at Lowe's and put a pretty little varigated aeonium inside.

Sedum morganianum 'Sedum Burrito' .

Sedum morganianum 'Sedum Burrito'
I have been growing this gorgeous plant for a long time now.  And it demands attention don't you think?  It should not have another succulent in the pot to distract from it's beauty!

Oreocereus trollii Kupper 'Old Man of the Mountain'

Oreocereus trollii kupper "Old Man of the Mountain"
This cactus has grown quite a bit since putting it in this pot.  I love the red spines!

Opuntia from Cracker Barrel in Phoenix

I call this my Cracker Barrel opuntia.  I was in Phoenix a couple of years ago with my sister and went to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  Everyone decorates with cactus and succulents in Arizona so this beautiful big opuntia was growing there and it had the prettiest pink flowers.  Welllll, a pad had broken off and was laying on the asphalt getting all shriveled up so I scooped it up and took it home.

Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips' in gourd planter 1

Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips'
I bought this great gourd pot at the Carmichael Cactus & Succulent Society Show and Sale this year.  And I got this plant.......hmmmm can't remember.  But had been looking for one.  It had to be alone.  It has grown quite a bit since this photo was taken!

Ferocactus gracilis

Ferocactus Gracilis
This guy is pretty darn old in my yard.  Probably about 8 years.

Euphorbia milii

Euphorbia milii
I bought this beauty last year at Lowe's for about $18.00.  I couldn't believe the price.  I love the salmon color.  It needs a new pot and I will do that soon.

Euphorbia enopla

Euphorbia enopla

Echeveria 'Blue Spurs' blooming

Echeveria 'Blue Spurs'

Aloe polyphylla

Aloe polyphylla
This poor succulent has been through a lot.  It was in another pot way too long and last year I got great instructions from Debra Lee Baldwin on how to transplant.  It was doing awesome then we had a huge wind storm and the pot got knocked over and the plant and dirt all spilled out.  I had to trim and replant.  It's doing much better believe it or not.

Aloe cameronii

Aloe cameronii
I always wanted this aloe and last year at The Succulent Gardens I found these two.  They probably should be separated but they were a lot smaller when I first planted them.  I love how they turn red in the sun and under stress.

So that is about enough for now!  Time to go out since the weather is cooler and do some planting.  Hope everyone has had a great week and is looking forward to the weekend.  Until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day


gwenniesgarden said...

Lovely pictures of lovely plants !!!

Cindy said...

Beautiful plants and beautiful pots, too!

Joyful said...

Not only are your plants special but so are your planting pots!

Julie said...

They are all so pretty, Candy!!! You have some of the most gorgeous pots too!!!

Rika said...

Beautiful plants and pots :)
I was wondering how do you make holes in the bottoms of these containers without breaking them?

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much everyone! Rika if a pot does not have a hole I drill one. I just learned how this spring. I bought a drill and a drill bit that is diamond chip encrusted. Once you get the hang of it, it is really easy!

Katie said...

You have a stunning collection there! I love the froggie pot! I am just starting out with succulents and loving them!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Wow, these are beautiful Candy!! I love your Euphorbia milii, it's so big and gorgeous! And I love your selection of pottery. :)

Rohrerbot said...

Hello there stranger!!! So good to hear from you:) I don't know what you do but your potted succulents and cacti always look so picture perfect. And you're right....some of them deserve being alone in a pot. Love the pics you've chosen for this post. It's too hot here to do much of anything outdoors.

Matt and Bobbie said...

I am in serious envy of your Aporocactus. It is so beautiful. Your Euphorbia Enopia in its orange pot is so cool. I love them all! Lots of inspiration every time I visit your blog.

Stephanie said...

Wow! Thanks for introducing these beauties. Love them all. Those spines and fleshy succulent are outstanding in their own ways. Including that plain totem cactus - the plant is simply charming hehe... Have a great week Candy!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks so much dear friends! I have looked high and low for these different pots. Never spent a ton on them. Most were on sale or at thrift stores. I am so glad you are enjoying them.

U+Me=Us said...

Is your burrito sedum in a hanging pot? It looks amazing with those long trails!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Well it is in a pot that is set in a pedal style pot holder. That means it is tall and holds the pot high off the ground. It is not hanging from anything. Hope that helps and thank you!