Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Succulent Water Trough

So if you will remember a couple of years ago I bought some water troughs to plant succulents in against the house.  If you click the link above you can check them out.  At the same time that I bought these 6 foot troughs I bought a 4 foot trough that I thought could be for vegetables.   To make a long story short.......vegetables want water everyday!!!  I don't have the attention span for that.  Needless to say my harvest was terrible!  LOL

So I decided to plant succulents in it.  Of course!

Succulent Water Trough front view

As you can see I jammed a ton of succulents inside.  Since this part of my back patio receives lots of afternoon sun I have an umbrella over this so it doesn't get  fried!  I pulled it away to take photos!

Pot inside Trough

Since that crazy Ferocactus with the super long spines doesn't want as much water as the rest of the plants I thought I would stick a pot inside the trough.  Now I can water it separately.  It also adds interest.  But then I planted that little blue barrel cactus so we will see how this turns out.  Wish I had a name for this Ferocactus.  It didn't come with a name on the pot.

Succulent Water Trough

Here is a view from a different direction.

Echeveria 'Lotus'

Don't you just love this huge Echeveria!  It is called 'Lotus'.

Dykia 'Burgundy Ice'

And this beautiful red spiny thing is Dykia 'Burgundy Ice'.

Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Flavida' - Finger Aloe flower

This Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Flavida' just keeps putting out flowers.  The bees and hummingbirds just love these.

Dykia 'Marnier x Lapostllei'

Besides the Cotyledon I planted this Dykia 'Marnier x Lapostllei'.  I got it at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show this year.  The top dressing I used was this small lava rock I found in three different colors.  I really like it!

So water troughs are great planters and don't cost a ton.  And they last a really long time.

Hope you are all having a great weekend and remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Julie said...

Well, naturally you ended up using your 4 ft. trough for sux!!! i was just waiting for you to come to your senses!!!! lolol. it is gorgeous! great idea to put your fero in a seperate pot! looks nice too! i will see if i can find the name of your cactus for you! maybe i can get lucky!!!! oh, btw, i really love Dykias! they are really sharp (by that i mean sleek, gorgeous...not spiky, even tho they are spiky)!!!!! they are ultra cool. Just like you, Chika!!!!!

Julie said...

do you see it in here????

Julie said...

danger garden said...

This looks wonderful Candice, you really have a talent for combining succulents!

Mark and Gaz said...

Wow Candice, it looks fabulous! And great idea about the Ferocactus.

Rock rose said...

Adding a pot is a wonderful idea to add height and the 'flavia' flower is a show stopper and a wonderful color. So many of my succulents flower with rather non-descript flowers.

Pam/Digging said...

I love stock tanks and succulents, and you've created the perfect combination here. And wow, your 'Burgundy Ice' dyckia is so much brighter in color than ours here in Austin. I guess the cooler weather brightens it up?