Captured Moments – Succulent Treasures

Good morning,

I love gardening.  All types of gardening, whether it’s flowers, vegetables, water gardens or cacti and succulents.    My succulent collection has been steadily growing over the last few years.  I keep telling myself to say no to friends offering starts from their succulents, or those “too cool to leave at the garden center” plants I keep bringing home.  So of course, I found an Etsy shop this week called Succulent Treasures.

They sell succulents and cacti and even have gift boxes.

These are wonderful!  Click on the images above or here: Succulent Treasures

I will definitely be dropping some hints about this shop for the holidays. 🙂

 

Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice to all my northern hemisphere friends.  I love sitting on the porch in the morning, drinking coffee, listening to the birds and enjoying this peaceful corner of my life.  I have developed a love for succulents.  Easy to grow and so pretty.  There are also a couple of scented geraniums, one lime and the other is has lemon rose scent.  A perfect way to enjoy this beautiful summer day.

Green

It seems that Spring is already here.  The weather has been unusually warm and everything is turning green.  Bright, beautiful, vibrant shades of green.  The plants that I have wintered over in the potting shed were in dire need of re-potting or at least needed some soil amendments.

I call this my green corner.  The large plant in the corner is a citronella scented geranium.  The tall thin plant in front of it is a lemon scented geranium and the two pots on either side contain gerbera daisies from last season that I re-potted this year.  They are usually pretty reliable bloomers.  One is red and one is pink.

My green corner

My green corner

I also bought Portulaca and purslane plants for my strawberry pot.  It has become a tradition to have these bright and cheerful flowers in this particular planter, close to the entrance of our house.   I also have some of the purslane in a cat planter kept on the landing of the stairs.

Portulaca in strawberry pot.

Portulaca and purslane in a  strawberry pot.

This is a nice video that I found on Youtube explaining the difference between Portulaca and purslane:

One problem I had in the potting shed was mice.  Apparently they enjoyed eating some of my plants.  This poor succulent  was a winter snack until I moved it to another location.  (still trying to get rid of the mice)

Anyway, it had started blooming for the first time and I guess the blooms were tasty because they would disappear just before the buds opened.  You can see in this photo where some of the buds have been bitten off and bites from the leaves.

Succulent (mouse dinner)

Succulent (mouse dinner)

Once I moved the plant, it kept blooming and they are beautiful.

Succulent bloom

Succulent bloom

Succulent bloom

Succulent bloom

I have also started my vegetable and herb gardens, but that is for another post.

Melyna

Albert Phineas Drache