Thursday, August 30, 2012

Michaels Mayhem Managery

Hey Everyone,
meet my helpers, without them gardening wouldn't be nearly as easy, and it would be far less entertaining without them,

Nalle on the top left, and Teddy on the bottom right, they get up to so much mischeif it's not funny, but they are brilliant gardening companions

Monty, or "The Boss" he and I have grown up together, we got him when I was 2, and he is now 14, he knows just what to do when gardening, and just what not to do, he prefers the what not to do because he gets more attention that way :), the other day he tried to jump into my lap while i was crouched down on the edge of one of my ponds doing some cleaning...... I ended up a bit wetter than I'd intended, LOL 

Miss Audrey Orpington, one of the aristocrats of the chook world :) LOL, I love orpingtons

I do love it when they scratch around where there are no plants, saves me having to do weeding :)

well that was just a very brief view of some of my gardening buddies :) i'll try to take some photos of my other friends :)

A Series of Succulents

Hey Everyone, Thanks to that mystery person that subscribed to my blog, I am very complimented .... I promise that I will eventually stop commenting on stuff like that.... but at the moment its just too exciting J LOL
 I have always had a slight interest in succulents, but never really thought about them that much, until I started seeing some amazing photos of them, the majority coming from Melody at Hooray Plants The only problem with my interest in succulents is that as of yet I don't have a single confirmed name for them, I have an idea for two of them, but I’m not knowledgeable on them at all, so if someone that knows the names, or perhaps has an idea to the name could let me know I would REALLY appreciate it, I like knowing the scientific names for them, then you can learn so much about them. Without further ado and enough chit chat from me, PHOTO TIME! I found a rusty old dish in one of our gardens and it had some holes in the bottom of it so I decided it would make a nice succulent pan, it has just normal old potting mix underneath and then some rocks on top, I thought it turned out surprisingly well, and the plants seem to like it too because they are all growing and flowering

Melody said this looks like a Graptopetalum Hybrid

Melody said this looks like a Graptopetalum Hybrid

Melody said this looks like a Graptopetalum Hybrid

Would you believe this flower stem was growing under the pot that you can see to the left of the image
Melody said this looks like a Graptopetalum Hybrid

Melody said this is a Crassula gollum
Melody said this is a Kalanchoe, possibly a hybrid with fedtchenkoi in it

Melody said this was some kind of Sempervivum

Melody agrred this was a Hawarthia and said it was likely attenuata

definitely an Echiveria possible 'Aquarius'

What perfect positioning of the two flowers

Crassula ovata on the left and a Echeveria on the right

I can never understand it when people throw out broken pots, don't see it as broken, just see it as a different challenge

FLAPJACKS! I DO LOVE FLAPJACKS (Kalanchoe, possibly thrisiflora)! Somehow I took all these photos without taking a photo of my big one, it is my pride and joy so many people admire it... i'm allowed to have some vanity in my life aren't I? LOL

I hope you liked them, and let me know what you think of them, or if you have any idea on names, or tips and hints, I’d love to hear them

thank you so much to Melody from Hooray Plant! for helping with some identification suggestions, she is a GOD!