Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Christmas present and other succulents…

Happy Cactus Monday.

Crassula ovata © Evelyn Howard 2010

My first photo is of my Christmas present, which is the above Crassula ovata “Blue Bird”. It is similar to the jade plant, but while the jade plant has shiny green leaves, its leaves are bluish and matt.

Aeonium succulent © Evelyn Howard 2010

Aeoniums which were originally one plant. It grew too tall, so I cut the stalk and separated the rosettes.

Succulent plant © Evelyn Howard 2010

This succulent variety is quite commonly used as ground cover. My friend has these in her garden, and I see them along the coast a lot…

Finally, something creative…

Plants in plastic bags © Evelyn Howard 2010

I like this unique installation in a cafe in Melbourne - maidenhair ferns growing out of plastic bags.

Plants in plastic bags © Evelyn Howard 2010

A close-up of the installation – comprising wire, strings, bulldog clips, plastic bags, soil and ferns.



Thanks for visiting and have a nice week.

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Jenea said...

hi!!! Dear! It's Cactus too? or not!! I have seen that it's a really very creative! Happy cactus Monday for you!!! ;)

Teri C said...

Wow! Just awesome and gorgeous plants!! WOW!!


NotSoAngryRedHead said...

I love that black/purple aeonium! Soooo pretty.

Also, great find on the maidenhair. It's soooo simple, and it's such a neat effect!

Diane AZ said...

I like all the colorful succulents. The hanging ferns show that we don't have to spend much money to be creative and/or enjoy indoor plants. :)

Margaret Ann said...

Succulents are certainly beautiful...so lush! I love the silvery green of your present...Great photos posted today! Love them all!
Happy Cactus Monday! :)

SandyCarlson said...

I like those ferns. Because life happens.

Cynthia DiBlasi said...

Those ferns are neat! Did you ask how they water them? LOL! Beautiful succulents you have, and I'm feeling really inspired to start a pretty succulent garden when we move. HCM!!!

Evelyn Howard said...

@Cynthia: LOL - did not ask! Must use a ladder to get up there everyday! Maybe not such a good idea to have ferns up there, since they die if not watered.

Eden said...

Love your succulent collection, Evelyn.

Julie said...

All so pretty! Love that fern display! What an awesome idea! I love when this happens...ideas and BAM...there it is for everyone to see!!!

marianne said...

Lovely succulents and fun picture of those bags, hope for the lady they aren't leaking

danger garden said...

I love what you did with the Aeoniums! Did you just plop them in the ground right away or did you wait for the "wound" to heal? Or maybe use a rooting hormone? Whatever it was the end result is fabulous!

Evelyn Howard said...

@Marianne: That would be a sure way to chase customers away!
@Danger Garden: Thanks. I did wait for a few days to let the ends dry out, but I did not bother with rooting hormone.

Darla said...

Love the color of the plant in the second photo!!

Amy said...

I think that is a great idea, but I would hate to water them! I saw this site on someone's blog the other day: http://www.woollypocket.com/products.php
The first time I saw a vertical garden was on your blog, so I thought you might be interested in this site. I'm thinking there has got to be a cheaper way to make these, though...:)

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