So Succulent!

July 25th, 2013 Posted in cactus, crafts, cut flowers, drought, garden clubs, succulents

Yes, you know that succulents are thrifty on water. But have you thought about using your cuttings in floral arrangements?

succulent arrangements Trisha Shirey Central Texas Gardener

Well, here you go! This week, Trisha shows how to make enchanting indoor displays with cuttings that can be planted again to make more.

Succulent flower arrangements Trisha Shirey Central Texas Gardener
And how about this idea for place card holders? How sweet of Trisha to make one for me! After misting the ghost plant for a few days, I planted it.

Succulent table place card holder Trisha Shirey Central Texas Gardener

Designing with succulents is new to many of us, but what fun we can have with them! Here’s a sweet idea at designer Rebecca Sweet’s garden in California.

Succulent shell in Harmony in the Garden Rebecca Sweet's garden

Closer to home, Eric Pedley from East Austin Succulents joins Tom this week to style up succulent design with upcycled containers.

succulent containers Eric Pedley East Austin Succulents and Tom Spencer Central Texas Gardener

See how he turns any scavenge, from old toolboxes to even beer cans, into custom-made containers with a punch. With his eye for opportunity, even antique toys grab his imagination.

Succulents in old toy truck Eric Pedley East Austin Succulents Central Texas Gardener

Succulents in old toy truck Eric Pedley East Austin Succulents Central Texas Gardener

His passion for succulents led to his nursery that’s just brimming with beautiful ideas.

East Austin Succulents

East Austin Succulents

Give that trusty old wheelbarrow a second chance to help you out.

Succulents in old wheelbarrow East Austin Succulents

And, do you know how this started out in life? This file cabinet is having lots more fun now.

Succulents in old file cabinet East Austin Succulents

Eric shows how he drills unusual containers for drainage. And get his potting mix for healthy cacti and succulents.

East Austin Succulents shares the land, across from Boggy Creek Farm, with Jon Hutson’s equally innovative nursery, Tillery Street Plant Company.

Tillery Street Plant Company Austin Texas

Tillery Street Plant Company Austin Texas

In fact, I snagged these portulaca pictures there for Daphne’s Pick of the Week, ice plants.

Portulaca Central Texas Gardener

Many plants are called “ice plant,” including Delosperma and Aptenia. I covered a lot of low-water ground with just a few cuttings of Aptenia that Eric gave me at the Mayfield Park Trowel & Error symposium in 2012.

Ice plant Aptenia filling in stone pathway

You’ll also see them spilling out of Eric’s file cabinet and wheelbarrow above.

Daphne’s question this week: how to shade plants as the summer heat bears down? Get her ideas for shading summer crops, new plants, or ones we have to move (even in April, when it’s hot as blazes). Here’s my down and dirty trick to protect a new plant for a few days to settle it in. As Daphne tells us, just angle your shading to allow light but protect from scorching sun.

Shading new plants with newspaper

On tour, visit Bob Barth’s gardens and greenhouses. As co-founder of the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society. he helped change the face of Austin gardens with drought-tough plants.

Bob Barth Austin Cactus and Succulent Society

Over the years, he’s tutored me, along with so many gardeners, to escalate our perceptions about these drought tough plants in gardens.

Agave and aloe, Bob Barth garden, Central Texas Gardener

His passion led to the global community, where in greenhouses, he grows plants from the Old World and New, many endangered in their native habitats.These are astrophytums.

astrophytums Bob Barth greenhouse Central Texas Gardener

He explains the defensive methods that succulents develop to protect themselves from heat, animals, and to collect water. Flowers attract pollinators.

white protection on cactus Bob Barth collection

Echeverias need shade by afternoon and may not make it through super hot summers. They need protection from winter cold, too. But aren’t they lovely?

Echeverias Bob Barth collection on Central Texas Gardener

From Bob, I’ve learned to NEVER touch a white echeveria!

White echeveria Bob Barth collection on Central Texas Gardener

His story of lithops and how they propagate is one of his outstanding revelations.

Lithops propagation with Bob Barth on Central Texas Gardener

We’ve taped him before, but this time it’s in vivid HD. Here it is in his words with incredible video by Ed Fuentes and Jerin Crandell, assisted by Steve Maedl.

Bob’s downsizing his extensive home nursery, Oracle Gorge, at his summer sale on August 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and August 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s at 602 Terrace Mountain Drive.

And, mark the date for the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale Labor Day weekend.

Now here’s a “succulent” picture for you from Jason Lantz, our Viewer Pic of the Week: luscious raspberries in his very edible garden!

homegrown raspberries in Jason Lantz garden

Thanks for stopping by! Linda

  1. 4 Responses to “So Succulent!”

  2. By Deena O'Daniel on Jul 25, 2013

    I adore succulents, and I love the plantings you’ve shown. I made a couple of succulent dish gardens after visiting Ojai, California, where succulents are everywhere -in gardens, in window boxes, in planters on the sidewalk in front of shops. There is a gorgeous book by DK about cacti and succulents and I love reading it over and over. Thanks for a great post!

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    Linda reply on July 26th, 2013 3:01 pm:

    Hi, Deena! Thanks for checking in. I’ll check out that book, too!

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  3. By Cindy, MCOK on Aug 8, 2013

    East Austin Succulents is a terrible place to visit if you have problems making decisions, as I do … the selection is incredible! I managed not to bring home one of everything but oh, how I would have loved to do so!

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    Linda reply on August 9th, 2013 3:55 pm:

    Hi, Cindy! Ditto. I’m making a trip soon. . .if only I can decide what to get!

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