Monday, February 8, 2010

Succulents, this n that

Jelly beans… love them!

Did you know I love jelly beans? The succulent that is, not the candy. These lovely blue-green ones make me happy because they grow and grow. But they grew over the pot way too far, and got in the way of a visitor.  Some fell to a heap of dismembered jelly beans on my deck – I was horrified!

Jelly Bean Succulent © Evelyn Howard 2010 

I had cut them back a little, so these ones below need a new home… Maybe it is a good excuse to buy a pot, but I am determined not to buy more pots. You see, I’ve only got balcony space.

Jelly Bean Succulent © Evelyn Howard 2010 


Love hate relationship

These 2 babies have no where to go, so here they are in my chocolate tins.

The agave (on the left) looks nice now, but I suspect I am going to hate it when it grows up (don’t have to worry about that – it will take a looooong time). It is already annoying me by grabbing my gloves every time I’m too close, or poking me with its evil sharp leaves.

Succulents in Chocolate tins  © Evelyn Howard 2010 
Succulents in chocolate tins

But the little baby below is quite a gem (love that green) but still, it has no place to live, except in an old tin.

Succulent © Evelyn Howard 2010 


Vertical garden – an update

It has been 4 months since I made my vertical garden, and I have to report that things are moving quite slowly in that area…

For this vertical garden, I love plants that spill over the pots. I am happy with the Sedum Gold Mound below. Most succulents take a while to grow and I am rather impatient. So recently I added some herbs (scroll down for a picture).

Sedum in vertical garden © Evelyn Howard 2010 
Sedum Gold Mound

Here are my 2 pots of herbs, mint and thyme.

Herbs in vertical garden © Evelyn Howard 2010
Mint and thyme

The Crassula Diane below needs work. Red on red – not my intention! It was green when I planted it (as shown in the photo below the red crassula) but it turned red a few months ago, perhaps because the weather changed.

Crassula in vertical garden © Evelyn Howard 2010 
Red Crassula Diane

The Crassula Diane was green…

Crassula in vertical garden © Evelyn Howard 2010 
Green Crassula Diane

Going, going, gone

Plants come and go on my balcony.

I have had my run with bok choys. We have been eating so much bok choys that I don’t think we will be eating more of it in the near future. So at the moment, I have a dish full of bok choys in my kitchen, and a couple of  empty pots in the garden…

Bok Choy © Evelyn Howard 2010 
Bok Choy from the top

Bok Choy © Evelyn Howard 2010 
Dish full of Bok Choys


cactus_sjimmie Happy Cactus Monday.

Don’t forget to visit Teri’s Painted Daisies for Cactus Monday links.


SandyCarlson said...

I loved that vertical garden. Lovely, lovely shots.

eileeninmd said...

What a great idea, I love your vertical garden. All the green succulents are gorgeous. I would love to start a herb garden in pots on my deck.

Matti said...

That Red crassula Diane is awesome!

Teri C said...

Wow, what a great trip through the garden! Everything looks so gorgeous and green. And hey, they do remind me of jelly beans also.


Noelle said...

What a great idea to have a vertical garden on a balcony! You can grow so much more that way, I would imagine. I love the pairing of the Agave in a chocolate tin - two of my favorite things ;-)

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

I think I'm going to have to steal some of these ideas... I totally missed the vertical garden you created, so I'm glad I caught it in this post. Very awesome and gorgeous plants!

Julie said...

How pretty...all of them...especially that Red Crassula Diane!!! Your vertical garden is so awesome...I would never tire of looking at it!!! I could just sit and meditate on it for hours!!! :)

Amy said...

Cute little succulents. I love your vertical garden! I am trying to figure out a way to hang some containers on our wrought iron fence to fill it up in one section.
There is a new blog on Blotanical called You might like it, too.

Cynthia DiBlasi said...

That was a fun post to read! I love the idea of your vertical garden, and that sedum gold mound is very nice looking. Makes me want to start a succulent garden! Happy Cactus Monday!

Melanie said...

Diane I have some of those plants as houseplants . They would never survive outside where I live. i had no idea the Golden mound was a sedum.

faroutflora said...

Great pics!!! I love the jellybean :) I have one with a more pink. Watch out for the Agave. Ours has drawn blood on more than one occasion.


Stine in Ontario said...

I very much like your jelly bean plant...but I won't be popping any into my mouth. LOL

danger garden said...

Or maybe you will grow to LOVE your agave? I have hope. Your vertical garden is fabulous!

yoon see said...

Wow! Your vertical garden is so beautiful.
I hope I have the time for gardening. I am very busy, ignoring my plants...

RainGardener said...

All of your plants look so great. I think I have Jelly Bean. When I saw that name it sounded so familiar and it looks just like one I have.
BTW I took that webpage link out. I had forgotten it was there. Yahoo got rid of all of them a couple of months ago and I didn't build them somewhere else. Sorry about that.

get zapped said...

Wow, I just had a wonderful garden walk. You surely have a green thumb!! Thanks for sharing your green world.

The Rainforest Gardener said...

I just discovered your blog and have to say I love your illustrations! I'm a freelance designer and illustrator myself, and also happen to be a balcony gardener (in addition to gardening at my parents house) My balcony is pretty shady though, so no succulents or herbs for me. :(

Darla said...

Everything looks so healthy. Your Jelly Bean plant is adorable..if one of the beans falls in a pot, (not planted) it will root you know.

Andrea said...

hello, i am new just followed your comment. The Crassula Diane is wonderful can change colors depending on conditions. So you have 2 plants in one. The bokchoys are so healthy i am inspired to plant here too.

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee
Tell that agave You grab my glove one more time and I'm turning you into a bottle of tequila!

Tootsie said...

your little garden is like a secret paradise! I think You may have identified my unknown succulent that is so very slow to grow...agave! it is a mean little bugger isn't it?
happy weekend my friend!

deepazartz said...

Great green succulent post!!!
Sorry to be late:(

The pots are too 'em!
The vertical garden in the red backdrop looks amazing!

Are they made of metal??? Do lemme know.

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