Saturday, December 8, 2012

My Succulents Love the Rain

We have had a series of storms called the Pineapple Express raging through the Sacramento Valley.  Lots and lots of rain and wind.  One good thing is that it has kept the night time temperatures fairly warm.  This is the first year I can remember when I still have all of my succulents outside at this time.  Usually by now I have lots of succulents in my garage and the rest tucked up nice and warm in my make shift Gazebo greenhouse.  

Just about every day I check the ten day weather forecast and see what is coming.  So far so good but I told my husband today that we better get set up so we are ready to make the move at the last minute if we have to.  We need to set our tables up in the garage and get the plastic to wrap up the gazebo.   Making my shopping list right now!

So a couple of days ago we had a break in between storms and the sun came out.  So I ran outside with my camera and took some photos of the succulents after the rain.  Lots of leaves had fallen off the trees and it was actually really pretty.

This is Echeveria 'Lotus' covered in leaves!  This is in my front succulent bed where I have a whole section dedicated to Echeveria's and the grapto's!  In the fall I let the leaves from the neighbors trees cover this area.  It actually helps to keep them warm.  When it gets really cold I put frost cloth on top.


The succulents are all nestled in nice and warm for the winter.

Echeveria bed covered in leaves

Here is a better look at the front bed partially covered in leaves!


This is how I am keeping the rain out of my succulent bird bath.  Pretty simply really.  I just took the largest trash bag I could find and laid it over the top.  Then I took packing tape and attached it underneath from corner to corner.  The bird bath has no hole in bottom so I have to do this so I don't drown my succulents.


This is what I see when I look out the front door and look to the left.

Echeveria imbricata and Sedum Rubrotinctum nestled in the leaves!

My favorite photo of Echeveria imbricata and Sedum rubrotinctum.  Just had to add it!


Agave augustifolia variegata 'Striped Caribbean Agave'


Opuntia Macbridei 'Red Button Cactus'
This cactus has little tiny red flowers but as you can see the fruit are almost as big as large lemons!

My gazebo with succulents hiding underneath!

This is my gazebo with some of my succulents hiding underneath.  I put some of the cactus and other delicate succulents under here to protect them from the rain for now.


And to think I don't have one tree of my own.  That branch up at the top is from the neighbors tree.  This is my back yard in a corner I seldom photograph.  The bed on the right hand side is in shade a lot and has not grown very big.


Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'


Aloe variegata Partridge Breast 
This aloe resides in a bird bath with a lot of other succulents.  I really like this shot.  You can see the big Madagascar Palm in the back.

Ok I tickled your fancy enough for today!  Have a terrific weekend!  And remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day


Mark and Gaz said...

Hi Candy, your succulent bed does look pretty too with the fallen leaves on it. Glad to hear that weather is still favourable in your area, which also buys you time to make sure everything you need for plant protecting are ready before the cold arrives.

Stephanie said...

Those red leaves are pretty as well! Love how they look against the green succulents. We are having lots of rain here as well. Usually the cacti will suffer or just rot away. Your gazebo to shelter them from the rain is a good solution :-D

Julie said...

Candy!!!"" Everything is so beautiful!!! Those leaves around the sux is just gorgeous!!!!!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks so much you guys! Here I am playing on my computer when I should be out in the garden getting things ready. We have a break in the rain thank goodness so hopefully things will dry up and give me a chance to tuck things away!

Parker Suter said...

The shot of the Aloe is awesome.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank You Parker sweetheart!

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Candy, what's your secret for getting such vibrant photos? These are so gorgeous! I can't believe all those leaves are from the neighbor's tree. And that you have Stan on standby, for when everything needs to be moved. Good man. Tell him all you want for Christmas is a chunk of his lawn. Not all of it. Baby steps. (Evil cackle.)

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Debra I am hoping to find some turf or something under the tree this year! That would be the best Christmas ever! Cackle, cackle! And thanks for the cudos! You know I like color so if the colors from the camera do not come out vibrant enough I use a program and just increase the saturation a bit. To do it just right without it looking fake takes time to learn. And yep I don't need my own tree to have leaves! LOL

Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More) said...

I love all the leaves! They're so vibrant and they really bring out the colors in the succulents. Great job capturing your beautiful garden.

Succuland said...

It's been such a long time not to look at a blog. I am reading your pages since this afternoon and I enjoyed much with your photos and with your blog subjects. Congrats on your grear work!

Anonymous said...

Such lovely pictures Candice - you really capture the personalities of your subjects! The partridge breast aloe - oh, oh - gorgeous plant!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank you all so much for the wonderful compliments!