Saturday, April 16, 2011

Foliage Follow Up - April 2011

When I had a little book buying spree a few weeks ago one of the favorite books I purchased was Debra Lee Baldwin's _Succulent Container Gardens_.  This book is chocked full of container ideas. It fits nicely with my situation here. I love succulents and most of them, at least the ones I am drawn to are not hardy in my zone 6 garden. Containers of these beauties are a way I can enjoy them most.
I had an Echeveria that I over wintered this year. By this spring I couldn't tell which of the rosettes was the original large one of last summer it had made 10 pups. I don't know if the Momma plant died and the smaller ones took over or if it just shrank or what but I was pleased as punch to have all these little fellows to work with. I had a blue strawberry jar that I planted up. It looks a bit monochromatic right now but the tips of this echeveria has pinked up so I am hopeful that it will look quite nice in this pot when it fills. If some of them don't make the transfer I will look for some complimentary plant to fill its slot.
The rest of the pups I placed into this pot with some wooly thyme, black grass and Sedum hispanicum minus 'Purple Form'.  I had some rocks that I thought would compliment this arrangement so they were added.
In this chicken planter I planted a taller succulent. I am not sure what it is but it survived the winter in a sunny window here. I like the way it looks like the chicken has a fancy tail. This tall thing is green and has those red leaves so I played off the red leaves and added a Sempervivum that is red and Sedum lydium that has red stems. I think when it fills in it will look nice. It can grow a long time in this pot as it is so big. 
If you have some foliage that you would like to follow up the Bloom Day with please do so. Pam at Digging is the hostess for the Foliage Follow Up.  For more foliage inspirations go to Digging.

21 comments:

Julie said...

Debra's book looks delicious! I love seeing your succulent planters!!! My grandson Donovan is standing here and he loves the blue one. He leaned his head over on my shoulder and said "You need one of those, Grandma"!!! So sweet. I am just going in to make coffee...7:30am here and we are still in snuggle mode!

Laurrie said...

I love your header, not just the cute chicken planter, but the whole composition against the purple leaves and with the accents. Very nice.

Rose said...

I really like the chicken planter, Lisa; it does look like it has a tail!

Pam/Digging said...

Planting with succulents is so much fun. Enjoy the book, and happy planting!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Love the succulent planters. The nursery I was doing a book signing at yesterday did a recent workshop on making succulent wreaths, which I wish I could have attended. I must post a photo either on Facebook or my blog. No foliage outside to celebrate just yet, but maybe next month.

Deb said...

Such a cute planter for your succulents!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

That book looks like a goodie. I am loving your planters. When are you coming out to Utah to go birding? :)) I'll saddle up the horses.

Q said...

I love your succulents! Great looking book.
Wonderful planters.
You have inspired me to do something with the cactus I am taking care of for my son. I think after 5 years they most likely will remain here rather than travel to California.
Sherry

shirl said...

Succulents really are worth celebrating, Lisa. I enjoy them too. Debra's book looks interesting and I love the name 'pups' for the offsets/babies of your Echeveria. I can imagine your blue pot at the end of the season... very nice :-)

I too like your chicken planter/header... that tall plant makes your chicken look quite distinguished doesn't it ;-D

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lisa girl my jaw dropped to my feet when I saw your header picture !
I absolutely LOVE IT : )
I am also a fan of succulents .. there are so many beautiful ones and they look so gorgeous in different containers .. all of your container plantings are perfect !!
Joy

Gail said...

I've been meaning to check this book out~I love succulents. The chicken planter is delightful~gail

SandyCarlson said...

I need to give this book a go to maybe bring some life to the tough spots in my little garden.

Commonweeder said...

What a wonderful collection of succulents. I have a little hen with a chick, but I'm hoping I can encourage some growth.

Naturegirl said...

Love the chick container and I love succulents!!Guess what the snow and ice has finally melted in my world!!!
Happy Earth Day!

julie king said...

i love succulents as well. the book looks like a great inspirational starting point.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

That chicken is all ready for Easter.

Good job on keeping things going through the winter.

SandyCarlson said...

I sure do like your header!

The Wessex Reiver said...

Love the succulent chicken Lisa, makes a fablulous header too for your blog. I've never been very successful with 'dry' plants, probably because it rains so much over here ;-)

Layanee said...

I don't have that book but do love the look of succulent containers. They look so, well, succulent. That planter is something to crow about.

garden girl said...

Love those succulents Lisa! Your chicken planter and the blue strawberry jar are wonderful!

Stapeliad said...

These are so, so awesome.