Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Giveaway

It's almost Christmas time and I think it's timely for another giveaway.  I am doing this giveaway with my friend Debra Lee Baldwin.  I already have my annual calendar from her so I thought some lucky girl or guy would want one too.  And for free!

Debra is an exceptional photographer as many of you know.  But among her many talents she is an incredible watercolor artist.  So this year she did the 12 months in watercolor.  So you will get the chance to choose which one you want if you win (photo or watercolor).  It's a tough choice I know!  

So on Christmas Eve I will draw a name at random and that person will win.  You have until 6 p.m. on December 24th to enter.  I will make the announcement on my page (Candice Suter), my Facebook page (Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents) and here on the blog in the comments section.


Please make sure that if I draw your name I can get a hold of you.  If I don't hear back I will have to draw another name.  Here is another rule, tell me what you are thankful for this year.  I would love to hear!  Last rule, you need to comment on here to win!

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I told you it was going to be a hard choice!

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I have this one and just love it!

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But then again this one is amazing too!  How will you choose?

So, remember to leave a comment.  Second, make sure I can get a hold of you.  And third you can leave a comment by December 26th at 6p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Oh and tell me what you are thankful for this year!

Good Luck!!!

It's Another Beautiful Day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Plant of the Week Cotyledon Tomentosa

I have a really juicy plant for you this week.  And I bet most of you have it already in your collection.  This week it is Cotyledon Tomentosa.  I just love this chubby little member of the Cotyledon family.  Some people call them bear's claw succulent because they really do look like little bear feet!

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws 3

Aren't they adorable.  Now I have bought quite a few over the years and just love to add them to potting's with other succulents.  They add the greatest shape and texture.  As with a lot of succulents these are native to Africa.

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws 1

They prefer full sun to get their really cool red toes!  This was taken in the hot, hot of summer here in Roseville, CA.  And I am pretty sure these are in the holes of a strawberry pot.  So the dirt dries pretty quickly and these are stressed.  But they still look great!

Oh, here is a little tidbit.  These are dormant in the summer.  That means they don't grow much.  So I usually plant them with cactus so they don't get watered very much.

Cotyledon tomentosa

Now this is the same plant but a leaf found it's way in a pot of tiny opuntia I have growing.  I love it when that kind of thing happens.  Just spontaneous growing somewhere I didn't plant it.  The pot get's just a few hours of our afternoon sun.  So these are not quite as stressed.  Tiny red toes and pretty longer green pads.

Close up of Cotyledon tomentosa

They are so fuzzy!  I love to touch them.  The fuzz doesn't rub off.  They like to be petted.  LOL  And look at those tiny red toes.

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws varigata

This summer I found a varigated tomentosa at the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale.  I was so excited.  As you know varigated varieties of succulents are always a great find.

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws in pot

I put them in this fish pot with some other rare varieties of succulents.  This plant has pretty five petaled flowers.  I don't have a photo for you but you can find one on the net.

These succulents do not like the cold so make sure you put them in your greenhouse or bring them in the house when freezing.

I am packing up my succulents and getting ready to put them in my gazebo greenhouse.  Click the link to see last year's post.  I ordered a small portable greenhouse that I will be putting between my two greenhouses.  Hopefully I won't have to put many succulents in the garage this year.

Next post is a giveaway!  Woohoo!

It's Another Beautiful Day!