Already Liz has visited, just one member this time, and we had a good look round the garden. We agreed that it is really useful to see just how a plant performs in the local area. I love to propagate and also sell a few plants to raise funds for the club. On Saturday Fiona and Muff visited, and went away with some ideas for roses.
Fiona was taken with the rose Grace which happens to be the name of her grand daughter and Muff was thoroughly impressed by Princess Anne, which has just started in bloom and is growing very well with glossy healthy leaves. I heard lovely stories about flowers and ferns, and how Fiona loves growing flowers on her allotment.
Fiona was particularly taken with the succulents, and I now have a home for the next lot of Echeveria Elegans which I shall be propagating again shortly. From my original plant a few years ago, I grew three, which sit in a small oblong pot above the drain, against a brick wall, just outside the kitchen and which stood outside all winter. They are now in flower and also sending out little ones again.
Last year when the three plants were doing this, I took the little offsets and just pushed them in a shallow pan with well draining compost, topped with some grit. All of them took, and these spent the winter in the conservatory. Their silver blue foliage contrasts very well with the other pots with sempervivums, of course these stay in the garden outside all the year round.
On the hot patio the succulents just look right.