Sunday, May 15, 2016

Coring Agaves for Propagation (second attempt)

Well I REALLY enjoyed the results of my last attempt at coring my Agave attenuata 'Silver  Trim'.  So I've been keeping an eye open for another 'Silver Trim' with unsual variegation.

Today I found Victim #2

Isn't she stunning!!!  I'm sure this one is going to provide lots of gorgeous babies for me.  Will keep you updated as to progress.

This time I might actually behead this beauty and strip the heavily variegated leaves.  I'd like to keep the top part of the plant intact if possible.  Love it.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Coring experiment results

So.... some results. So back in this  Old Post I cored and did nasty things to my Agave attenuata 'Silver Trim'.  Anyway was brave last month and decided  to pot a few up before it got toooo cold here in Perth.

These are the ones that successfully rooted.  Kind of happy with these!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A lovely May Day

Every now and then you time it "JUST RIGHT" at Bunnings.  Today was one of those days.  I was on my way to the airport to pick up some friends from Queensland (we're doing a 4 day plant tour of Western Australia... from Gin Gin to Harvey and a lot of places in between!!! Should be a great couple of days with about 14 different gardens/growers to visit during that time)

Anyway, so I arrived at Bunnings Balcatta today and went to the usual area, and was sadly disappointed.  BUT given I was there I thought I would look into the boxes that hadn't been unpacked as yet as they looked suspiciously like Paradisia boxes.... and yes they were.... even better BEHIND the boxes they had already started to put the plants out on display

Oh plant porn time.... I nearly walked away thinking nah, nothing I wanted, and then I spotted it in the far back row behind a crassula springtime.  A BLUE GLOW!!!! OMG.  Yes I know I already have one, but this one is Tissue Cultured I'm pretty sure, and the TC ones have a tendency to throw more pups that those propagated vegetatively.....(um is that word ? )

Given that I was then going to buy a plant I had a closer look at some of the others..... I don't have a Agave geminiflora as yet, and I liked the white edges... so that went in, and the Aloe dichotoma I liked the leaf form... but I suspect I shall be rehoming that one.  BUT for less than $12 each I thought it was a bargain.

So anyway - today's purchases.

I still managed to get to the airport on time as well (bonus!) can't wait to start enjoying touring WA with fellow succulent addicts

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A new love... well a couple actually

How gorgeous is this one!  Agave 'Snow Glow', a variegated form of Agave 'Blue Glow'.  This is definitely heading up there as one of my favourites, the colours are just superb

Agave 'Sun Glow'

As is usual with me I couldn't resist a couple of other pretties at the same time...

Agave macroacantha 'Blue Ribbon'

Agave 'Royal Spine'

Agave 'desmettiana Joe Hoak'

Agave 'Cream Spike'

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Miniature'

Agave colorata variegated

Agave schidigera 'Queen of White Threads'

Agave filifera variegated

Agave victoriae-reginae variegated

Agave potatorum "Kichijokan" mediopicta

Agave bracteosa 'Monterroy Frost'

Agave salmianna v ferox variegata

I'd like to be able to say that my obsession with these spikies beauties is coming to and end.... but unfortunately I can't.  Have another couple turning up this week..  At least I will have lots of pretties to keep me smiling.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

These are a few of my favourite things....

We had RAIN last week, a whole day of light steady, beautiful rain. And the plants have thanked me.  Everything is looking cleaner, and plumper and generally well just MORE gorgeous.
Echeveria 'Fukushyuu Nishiki'

Echeveria subsessilis variegata

Echeveria cuspidata v gemmula 'La Joya'

Meanwhile - some seed growing attempts.  My cotyledon undulara flowered a while ago   (around the end of last year apparently - the photo flower was from New Years Eve)

Cotyledon undulata

Cotyledon undulata in flower
anyway I noticed last week that the flowers had dried off, and there looked to be seed.  So I attempted sowing some, and low and behold I got growth!!  So then I harvested the rest and tried for a second batch.... I do believe I may have done an "Epic Fail" in even disbursement of seed.  But well, it was fun!  Now to see if I can get these to a decent size.  (P.S. I have a heat mat and grow lights inside the house which is what I used to get these started)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

In flower today (Stapeliads)

Couple of nice Stapeliads in flower lately.

The first was a Huernia pillansii (this one was a gift from the Croatian ladies - for those in Perth they are frequently at the Kalamunda markets, they are easy to spot as they have some of the best grown succulents at bargain prices)

Huernia pillansii
This one was a NOID - but after talking to a few others I am pretty certain this one is Stapelia obducta.  Only a couple of inches across (5cm) and VERY VERY hairy.  And may I just say - for a smaller flower this one packs a whollop in smell factor!  This one I am pretty sure came from Collectors Corner over in Victoria.
Stapelia obducata
The next was a find at a local collectors.  Not completely sure what it is, but I've seen it around Australia going by the same name more than once, so I assume its going to be one that someone recognises.... eventually
Huernia 'Renatta'
Now this one is gorgeous, Huernia saudi-arabica.  Definitely NOT the one sold by Collectors Corner (which I believe is actually Huernia saudi-arabica x huernia zebrina v magniflora)
Huernia saudi-arabica 
And, after all that we've had some lovely light rain here in Perth.  The temps are cooling, and the plants are looking happy. At least for this week !

Monday, March 21, 2016

In the garden today

It's always nice to do a walk around and see what catches your eye.  Now the cooler temps are hitting Perth plants are taking off again (think they are breathing a sigh of relief as well)

Tromotriche revoluta v tigrida
One of these next two has a smell reminiscent of crushed stink beetles... wasn't going to get close enough to find out WHICH of the two it is....
Huernia schneideriana

Piranthus punctatus
 And finally with the cooler temps my Kara's Stripes seems to be going the colour I was expecting in summer (the centre of the leaves should go buttery yellow).  This one is going to be a show stopper when its older!
Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes'