My Succulent Container

  • Post published:12/19/2011
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Last week I spent the better part of a day Christmas shopping. Needless to say I ended up buying a gift for myself. I have been so inspired by Debra Lee Baldwin’s book, Succulent Container Gardens, that when I found myself near the Hadley Garden Center I had to stop in and buy some succulents.  I had already bought this handsome classic container and potting soil at my ‘neighborhood’ Shelburne Farm and Garden Center. I did review Debra’s youtube instructions before beginning, and got very jealous about the nursery where she was putting together her container.

The Hadley Garden Center didn’t have a huge selection of succulents and none of them were labelled, but I dove in. Does anyone know what this is?  The roots were potbound and very dry, but I guess that is the way of these little plants.

Debra encourages the use of a top dressing to finish off the container. I used smooth pebbles from the shore of Lake Champlain, and the farm where I spent some of my childhood years. I collect a few every time I visit, full of memory.

I don’t know that Debra would give me high marks for design, but at least I began, and in my defense I didn’t have many choices at this time of the year when I could not make use of a specialty mail order catalog.  8 degrees here this morning. I can identify the burro’s tale or Sedum morganianum, and the haworthia, but the other two plants are a mystery. Who can help?

In this gift giving season I also want to mention that my friend Paula over at Birds on a Wire has suggestions for good reading, including my book, The Roses at the End of the Road. Be sure to visit. Our region is rich in artists and writers of every stripe.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Cindy, MCOK

    Pat, I think you did a great job. I am a pushover for succulents. The speckled one is a type of Aloe, but the name of the other one eludes me.

  2. Leslie

    I think, although I can’t see it well, that it is adromischus which I always call pie crust plant. Nice job!!

  3. Debra Lee Baldwin

    Hi, Pat — I think you did a great job, too, and I especially love the fact that the topdressing of smooth stones has such meaning. That’s Aloe juvenna, a diminutive, creeping species that will get longer over time. If you take cuttings of it, it will branch where cut.

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