Mother’s Day came with a monetary ‘allowance’ to spend on plants. Needless to say, I was like a kid in a sweetie shop when the OH drove for over an hour on Wednesday to visit my favourite garden centre, Qta Ataboeira. If you want succulents and cacti, for me, they are the ‘go-to’ place. They also sell a great selection of pots. I came home with two.
1. Pachypodium Saundersii
I like quirky, and this plant is most certainly quirky! As it was the only one for sale, I adopted it. It is bald due to the dormant season but I was told in blooms later in the year. Requires full sun. Read more about Pachypodium Saundersii also known as Kudu Lily or Lundi Star. ETA I’ve now named it Fred Flinstone as it looks like something from the stone age.
2. Euphorbia milii also known as Crown of Thorns
Having admired these at a friend’s garden it was most definitely on my ‘wish list’
3. Euphorbia Siraya is also known as Crown of Thorns
I was familiar with the red-flowered variety which had small blooms, but this was different!
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4. Lepismium Cruciformis or Christmas Cactus
I bought this trailing succulent to plant in a display I am creating from stacked terracotta pots. Unfortunately, further research revealed it is a Rhipsalis and requires morning sun and full shade in the afternoon. so that’s a none started. On the plus side, I do have an alternative location which fulfils its needs.
5. Cactus (name unknown)
I purchased this cactus for the cacti and succulent rockery which is currently work in progress. Although it was not quite what I wanted, it was only €2.50.
Last year I bought three Diplandeina and much to my surprise two out of the three survived the winter. The plant that died was down to me – I left it in deep shade all winter.
Last year I had two white and one red.
The much prayed for rain has finally arrived along with strong winds, thunder, lightning, hail and power cuts. We have managed to harvest a fair amount and the bottles form orderly rows ready for use. The rain is set to continue for another week.
That’s my six for this Saturday. Why not pop over to Mr P’s blog to catch up with more Six on Saturday gardeners.