Recently the zoo added a large pocket planter near their exit. It is sparse now but I can imagine that it will be stunning in years to come. The material is a very thick felt and it was moist because I think they just watered it. It was filled with various succulents, maybe even cuttings. I am thrilled that it is here!
And also the elephants because they are incredible and I love them!
I have an on again off again habit of running. One of the things that I enjoy is viewing different front yards. I often stop and take photos with my phone (since I have it on me listening to music) of plants or yards that I find inspiring. Often the pictures are lacking due to the time of day that I often run. I am finding that while most people have traditional lawns, many done quite well, more and more people are opting for low water plants including natives, low water plants, and succulents. It seems that this is especially a good solution for small yards, but it also seems to work well in average front yards. In the case of the latter xeriscape seems to help define the space and break it up. But I digress.
On one such run, this one being near the beach in front of a condo complex, I stopped in my tracks when I saw a stunning fountain filled with succulents. It gives the illusion of water, but in a most unexpected and pleasing way. The colors and the textures are fabulous and surprising. I would love to do something like this, but honestly I am just thankful that it exists. It is just that cool! Kudos people!
Several months ago a friend of mine, Jenny of Jenny Wenny Cakes posted on facebook that her front yard, which is entirely succulents (please correct me if I’m wrong) had some pups. She asked if anyone wanted them. Thinking ahead about our front yard I thought why not. So I contacted her and arranged to go over to her house to get some cuttings. I wish that I took a photo of her front yard as after two years of being planted it is filling in beautifully. Those cuttings are finally starting to sprout.
How to propagate succulent cuttings
Take cuttings fairly close to leaf area.
Lay them out to dry so that they form a scab where the cut was made. Leave them out for 2-7 days or so.
Place cuttings in soil, preferably succulent and cactus mix. I usually put rocks in the bottom of pots for drainage as well.
Ignore cuttings for the most part, lightly watering maybe once a week giving plenty of time for the soil to dry out in between.
I’ll give updates as to how they are doing, but so far so good. I took the cuttings February 22, 2012 and planted them a week later around March 1st. I noticed about a week ago (or two) that the leaf cuttings were starting to sprout little plants. It seems like it takes about 5-6 weeks to see anything so this is definitely an exercise in patience. Lazy gardeners like me will enjoy the fact that there is little to no maintenance required.