I like the look of those timber blocks @gippslandhome. Definitely keen to make some of those up for my smaller ones.
front yard cacti, the birdbath, and some overwintering mates in the alfresco - need to put them out soon! Please ignore my weeds!
Always nice to see a GB in the mix @Former Workshop member My friend has been growing some from seeds. I'm picking up another one soon, going for the white-spined version though.
Yeah, I really fancy the Golden Barrels. That's from a woman who loves English cottage gardens, mind you, but that was never gonna happen in coastal Adelaide. I've started to love the cacti and succulents now. All from refusing to be a slave to the garden.
I have some GB seeds hanging about somewhere, but we were building so they're 'on hold' somewhere in the shuffle.
Hubby was never quite convinced until he walked out there one evening and all the cacti had haloes from the westering sun in their spines... now he's a believer!
So once the bug bites, then you have to have everything! My pride and joy is a rat's tail cactus hanging in the back - a thin one, not the big fuzzy one...
Hosting a party week after next - thought I better start jazzing up the succulent planters, lol. A small sample
@Former Workshop member Patience is definitely critical in growing cacti, unlike my indoor tropical plants (Monstera, Thai Constellation, Fiddle Leaf Fig, etc) which just grow like crazy
@ProjectPete, oh gosh - monstera... I'd love one. Gotta go looking - I hear the fruit of one form is really tasty?
I mostly keep the sansevieria and zamioculcas inside... indestructible. I have a pothos snow queen and a vanilla planifolia orchid - also indestructible.
I keep elephant's ear (the big colocasia) in the alfresco and the porch along with the fatsia japonica - they grow like we're on a nuclear waste dump, just mutant-style rampant and I grow the purple tradescantia underneath in the pots. I'll put them in the garden beds under the pergola as soon as I get the shade cloth up. Which needs doing right now... my only hope of growing a hydrangea! I'll try to create a micro-climate with the hardy tropicals for it.
I just ordered Echeverias!
'Fire Opal' 'Paul Bunyan' 'Zorro' and 'Strawberry Paddle' - I'll post pics when they arrive. The Succulent Garden had a 50% off sale as they're being sold, themselves. I got lucky to get large ones for the price of small.
Found anything else?
Saved this pachypodium dude from certain death at BW today... potted into a much more free draining mix. He was very exxy, but so worth it, he looks happier already. It's in a fairly light inner pot, so I can move it indoors in winter - had to drill holes in the outer ceramic pot, so made an afternoon of it, drilling holes in all the things I had in mind for planters.
My background mess is growing - I feel I've done nothing but potting everlastingly, over the last couple of weeks or so. Gotta sweep and karcher, but not until it's over, lol. Spring is a potty time for the succulent hordes...
Adelaide is hosting Succulenticon convention next year in October - can't wait!