Sexy Succulents

I’m changing my inside plant scheme to largely succulents and air plants. Succulents are cool because they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. And, they require little care.

So, I found a few books on designing with succulents. I need to do more with group arrangements and pots that have a theme. I tend to grab whatever pot is empty.

I usually come home from my spring Southwest road trip with Senora desert dwellers. So, I’ve had succulents in my collection for a long time. Just now, with a crazy work schedule, they make more sense that orchids. Especially water culture orchids.

My orchids are now all moved to bark. They have cool pots. I just have so many! Maybe I will give some away as gifts at some point.

Air plants, succulents, and bromeliads is my new focus. I read one design book on mixing air plants in succulent displays. I like the effect a lot.

Freeze is upon us for a couple of weeks. Leaves are falling. I haven’t watered daylilies much this month, and we are headed back to drought weather. Leaves are falling, soon to be daylily mulch for the winter.

Come spring, I have plans to turn my old fountain into a succulent garden. I bet I could mix in a few daylilies – minis. I need to think about this idea!

Drizzle and Dragons

Sunday. I decided not to work on work until later or tomorrow because my energy is feeling all the change. I slept in and woke up to delightful drizzle in my garden. I had 18 bloomers and one Premier – Heirloom Heaven. She was a bonus and she is supermini. Also, one of my most reliable fall bloomers. I know the season is starting to close-up for another year when I see her.

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Heirloom Heaven – 8.11

That said, I still have well over 100 buds – maybe close to 200. Last year, I had 18. So, the blog will continue.

I also had another one of my amaryllis bloom today – Double Dragon. Pretty color and shape. It makes me wonder about the real triggers for blooming because my bloom rate is better in the summer. I am considering leaving these guys out and just cutting water this year. Or, maybe leave them in the cellar until spring. I would have more room for other plants with plan B, but my bloom rate might be better with plan A.

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Double Dragon Amaryllis 8.11

I have also come to terms with the fact that I am burned out with my orchids. Oh, I still love them but work is requiring more energy than anticipated and I have come to dread orchid chores. So, if a few die off, that is OK. I decided to try air plants because they are more resilient to drought but still look good in glass, like my water culture orchids. I purchased a few to fill dead orchid areas. That should help my winter pass. It feels like fall today!

Air plants in glass

Air plant in macrame hanger

Daylilies teach living in the moment; Orchids teach patience.

Spring has sprung and today brought the first glimpse of summer weather.  My houseplants moved outside this weekend.  Well, most of them.  My daylilies are doing well.  Passersby often comment on them . . . even now, before the blooms.  No scapes yet, but I keep checking.

Magic Art

It has been a strange winter – we are in an extreme drought here in Southwest Colorado.  The Four-Corners is in an exceptional drought just south of us.  I didn’t shovel snow once all winter.  My strawberries and ice plant felt it.  I winter watered the daylilies at least once a month.  I’m hoping my blooms don’t suffer.  It will be a bad fire season.

Birthday Girl Catt

My last post was in the late fall about Santa’s Pants.  Unfortunately, that plant was one of my few losses this year.  After those blooms faded and I got my poinsettias to rebloom, I needed projects to get me through the winter.  I took on orchids.  Not just orchids, but learning about different types of media.  For some reason, I was drawn to water culture.

BlackCurrant Vanda

My first partial water culture plant was a vanda.  Man, I nearly killed that thing.  It lost most its roots and got stem rot.  I finally found a group dedicated to water culture orchids on Facebook.  From there, I watched YouTubes  . . . I got smarter.  My vanda is alive and putting out new roots, living on my porch now.

Hot Lips Cymbidium

 

I started trying phalaenopsis orchids in water culture.  Winter is a bad time to start cause old roots rot while they grow new roots that are adapted to water.  Only about 1/4 to 1/3 of the root goes in the water.  Oh, and I tried an oncidium in water . . . it flourished so now I have 3.  In fact, I have quite a collection now.  Three phals are from last year.  I currently have about 2 dozen phals, 3 dendrobiums, 3 oncidiums, 2 miltoniopsis, 2 cymbidiums, 2 cattleya, 1 common ground orchid, 1 paph, 1 phrag, and the 2 vandas.  Oh, and some very small baby cuttings of Pleurothallis sclerophylla, Masdevallia, Liparis, Bulbophyllum, and Coelogynes.

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Not all are in water culture.  I learned about growing in semi-hydro (lava rock with some water at the bottom).  And, I have a few around in regular wood chips or moss.  I love the way the roots look in a container . . . reminds me of a placenta.

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I like orchids for much the same reason that I love daylilies – big, colorful blooms.  Some of the species even have similar strap leaves.  Interestingly, neither species can produce a true blue flower.  What I find enticing about orchids is that the blooms last for months.  And, some species bloom year around.  Mostly, they bloom fall-spring, which makes them a good match for my summer daylilies.  They teach patience, though, as buds, roots and leaves take forever to do their thing.  Daylilies teach us to live in the moment because nothing lasts forever.

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I wanted to log in and start gearing up for blogging season.  I hope you enjoy my winter bloomers. Most will rest and grow new leaves and roots for the fall bloom whilst we enjoy the upcoming daylilies.  Do you prefer orchids or daylilies?

Sharry Baby