Saturday, January 31, 2009

Echeveria: Doris Taylor "Wolly Rose"

Echeveria Doris Taylor "Wolly Rose" is an excellent hybrid with densely hairy leaves arranged in a rosette, and spikes of large orange bell-shaped flowers. (This one has no flowers yet.)
Considered to be a hybrid between Echeveria setosa and Echeveria pulvinata. Known as the "Woolly Rose", and considered to be of garden origin.
Echeveria Doris Taylor - "Wolly Rose"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Echeveria: Agavoides

Echeveria agavoides is a stemless satiny translucent light green star-shaped rosette which somewhat resembles the form of an Agave.
Echeveria agavoides is a variable plant - some forms have reddish tips and some forms have slightly red to very red margins. One cultivar 'Ebony' has very dark red margins, almost burgundy.
Echeveria agavoides also has a cristate form, with fans of frosty green spikes tipped in red. The flowers appear on the top of stalks that grow from between the leaves. I think mine is soon to flower.
Echeveria Agavoides

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Echeveria: Black Prince

This echeveria is labeled "Black Prince" but it's not showing it's intense color at the moment. It's star-shaped rosette leaves should get nearly black in color in the summer I guess.
As all echeverias, it is placed in a bright area to prevent "stretching" and planted in heavy soil with excellent drainage. Porous cactus mediums are perfect to use to prevent water from staying long in it's roots. When they are watered over the top, the water collects in drops and spots the leaves when it dries. These spots are especially noticeable when the water is high in minerals. Drench and let dry. Water from below.
Echeverias come from higher altitudes so give them dry air, cool night temperatures and good air circulation. Atanasio Echeverria, the Mexican botanical artist, drew thousands of illustrations of Mexican plants collected by Martin Sesse and Jose Mocino in the last years of the eighteenth century. The original drawings are now lost, but in 1820, the botanist Alphonse De Candolle was so impressed with them that he hired 120 draftsmen to work ten days straight to make tracings. In 1837, De Candolle honored Echeverria by naming the Echeveria after him.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

My First Garden Project of 2009: Plant Succulents in Wooden Barrel Planter

Here is a huge wooden barrel planter that I laid upside down on the floor. It has a small drainage hole at the center.
Drilled holes for the casters
After I installed four caster wheels. This will make it easier to move the planter wherever I want it.
This is the liner that I used. The ones made of rubber sell for more than 10 bucks a foot. This was recommended to me by the garden expert at my local garden store.
Liner goes in and around the planter. I also poked a hole on the liner to make sure water drains out.
Now it's time to collect plants that will go in my new planter. I'm thinking succulens!
Filling the planter with top soil.
I've filled it all the way up the brim.
Tada! A mixture of succulents newly planted in my wooden barrel planter.
A closer view of the plants.
Mission accomplished!