Friday, September 29, 2017

FMM - Succulent Update!

It's been a year since I brought home some succulent cuttings from California, so I thought I'd do an update with pictures to compare how well everything has grown.  But then I went back and looked at the pictures from last September, and had a moment of disappointment, because dang - several of the plants that I brought back don't look as good as they did - phooey!  Succulents are a challenge; you need to give them just the right amount of what I call benign neglect by letting them dry out enough before watering again, plus a lot of indirect sunlight, and while I thought I was doing OK for the most part, I'm sad to say that isn't true.

Here's the comparison pictures, September 2016 to September 2017:
2016
2017 - OK, the plant on the right might not be the same as the red one...
The one one the right in the picture above could also be one of these...but obviously, none of them look the same as when I brought them home.
This one is doing really well - maybe it's one of the succulents pictured above.  Hard to tell, especially with the red color gone.

And while Marvia, the plant given to me by my buddy Matt's mother has grown, she's lost the pretty pink edging and depth of color that she started off with:
2016
2017

It sounds like I'm complaining, and I am, a bit - dang it, I just love how colorful succulents are, and everything I have has turned to plain old green.  Boo!  I'm sure it's a combination of me not doing everything I could be for the plants, and the environment - the succulents I brought back came from a different climate and all were thriving outdoors, while they would have burned up here had they been outside over the summer.  I've also managed to kill a few that I bought; the one thing the dead plants all had in common was much plumper leaves, and I think I overwatered them.

Still, I am pleased that the windowsill in my kitchen looks like this now:
But I have hopes for more color variation in the future.

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In keeping with the green theme of my succulents, I give you this green-eyed Kippers:
He poses so nicely for me!

Also in the green theme, here's my jealous dog:
Bery sad you pet dat cat, Mom...sighhhhhhhhhh.

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Tomorrow we will kick off the official training season for the Houston half marathon - and wonder of wonders, the weather is supposed to be in the mid-60s with lower humidity, woohoo!!!  We've got a fun season planned and I'm looking forward to it, even all those long runs - let's see if I'm still saying that in a couple of months, ha!

Have a great weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Paco his expression is priceless! It figures the dog and cat wouldn't like each other and squabble like kids!

    Enjoy training in your cooler temps and humidity while you have it. Have a great weekend!

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    1. We are totally going to enjoy it, because it looks like the temps/humidity will be back up in a few days. So ready to be done with Texas's version of fall...

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  2. Wow you have quite the collection there! I too like the colorful ones. Every time I see succulents I think of you!

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  3. I love your windowsill! Do the kitties not nibble on the succulents? I've never had them, so I don't know what Pixie would do.

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    1. The cats don't touch the succulents - Kip is the only one who nibbles, and he prefers the leafy plant on my kitchen counter, LOL...sigh.

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  4. You should be very proud that you have kept so many succulents alive! I can't grow them indoors or out to save me. I either overwater or underwater.

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  5. Poor Paco, green with jealousy.

    Your window looks great with all those plants!

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  6. I love the way your windowsill looks! I'm sorry it's not as colorful as you'd like but it's still so pretty.

    Yay for cool temps and lower humidity for your long run - hopefully it will trend that way for all your weekend long runs.

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  7. How nice that so many of the succulents are alive! Waiting for color...

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  8. Plant catmint next year for your kitties. I put some in pots and it likes it hot. That will really make Paco green. 🐱

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