I get a newsletter from Margaret Roach often.I first "met" Margaret on the Martha Stewart show.Margaret started gardening in her 20's. Her mother had early onset Alzheimer's and in gardening, Margaret could find some peace and tranquility. I find that same peace when I garden...so I know what she means. She was Martha's first gardening editor and made many appearances on the show. She went on to become Martha's editorial director. She gave up her cushy job and took to the woods, so to speak. She now finds herself at home with nature...gardening, writing books, and living alone with her cat. I have one of her books and soon I'm going to order the 2nd one. I read her post this morning and she mentioned that 2013 is the year of the succulent. So glad that this tough group of plants is getting it's share of glory. I have little pots of them everywhere.
From the concrete planter on the purple chair. A friend, Betty, who lives up the road...made this using a big leaf and concrete. She has made so many of these... using all kinds of leaves.
My daughter was visiting and brought me a styrofoam fish box. I painted it with concrete paint and kind of beat it up and then planted it. The box has sat in the same place for a few years. It's a favorite place for critters to visit...even the snake.
This year I planted a hanging basket with succulents. It looks much different right now. Things have grown...I'll have to take a picture soon.
This is the planter that sits by the front door. I started it just a couple of years ago. It's grown by leaps and bounds. Needs very little care and I don't have to drag that hose.
I guess you could say that every year is the year of the succulent around my house. There are many more...even some that have planted themselves by dropping out of the pot.I think that they are my favorite plant for a hot, dry summer.