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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Topsy Turvy Plants

Allow me to introduce you to Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' which is currently surprising the hummingbirds in my yard with a smorgasbord of nectar. The is a Mexican relative of Hens & Chicks.

This is one tough plant and it is very easy to grow. How easy? Plant in full sun and make sure to plant in well drained soiled. That's it, that's all.  After that it thrives on neglect, only getting water when it rains no matter how hot or dry it gets. If planted in the ground make sure to amend our clay soils to improve drainage, especially during winter. The enemy of this, and virtually all succulents, is staying wet in the winter. Dry feet will greatly improve survivability. To improve drainage I use approximately 40% of whatever I dig out of the hole and about 60% compost. To further increase drainage important for succulents I till or mix in a roughly 50-50 ratio into the soil, a mix of a product called PermaTill.

Next plant up is destined to be planted for a blogging friend with, let's just say, an eclectic plant palate.

The Latin name is Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'. The common name is Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. A mouthful to say either way. This is THE very plant that will soon have a new home. I sure hope she reads the info in the link, because after I put it in her yard sometime in September, it's hers.

Until next time.
- Yarddawg

Esbee note: SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!
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