Summer this year has been a blast and it seemed to have flown by so quick! It almost felt like a party that started early but was so good that before you knew it it was morning the next day already.
|Boxes and plastic bags are two of Twinkles' favourite things! Here she is 'helping' me tidy up!|
As part of our winter preparation most (if not all) of our succulents in pots will have to go undercover during the winter. A large chunk of them will be in the greenhouses that will gently heated during the winter. A few will go in the sun room, to overwinter as well as serve a decorative purpose. Although we will be putting more this year compared to last year, only a limited amount of additional plants will be added the keep the area spacious.
But plenty enough to feel that we're surrounded by lots of beautiful plants whenever we go in there. And plenty enough interest to look at on winter days without having to venture outside.
|Agave macroacantha which we got from Urban Jungle last month|
|x Mangave 'Bloodspot' - a tiny plant I got last year and has grown well since then|
|A couple of the three Agave 'Blue Glow' we have made it here, the other will be in the greenhouse. Can't get enough of this agave!|
|Agave desmettiana 'Joe Hoak' that was given to us by Gerhard of Succulents and More (thank you!!)|
|Agave weberi 'Arizona Star'|
|Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'|
|Aloe vanbalenii which I just had to have when I saw it on Gail's blog Piece of Eden|
|Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light' - a tiny plant I acquired only a few months ago, it has grown to this size and looks pristine!|
|Familiar faces, first is Agave toumeyana|
|Agave potatorum 'Kissho Kan'|
|Agave applanata 'Cream Spike'|
|Altogether now...well almost!|
|More familiar faces...|
|On the left is Agave x nigra while on the right is the other Agave 'Blue Glow'|
The things that I like the most about their pots are that they are well designed, packaged, and comes in different components that makes it easy to maintain both the pot and the plant that goes in it. Do read more about the advantages of their pots on their website but the main thing they have is their easily maintained self watering system.
Now originally I was thinking of using it in the sun room but since most of the plants that will go in it are 'on the dry side in winter' loving (agaves and aloes), the self watering system won't be utilised. I will however use them in our lounge instead where the white high gloss finish will be at home too. All I need to do now is decide which plant to put in it. Decisions, decisions...
Now back to the sun room...
|Some of the new faces, left to right: Agave ferox 'Variegata', Agave leopoldii 'Hammertime', and Agave multifilifera 'Variegata'|
|x Mangave 'Bloodspot' on both sides with Agave 'Blue Glow' in the middle|
|A x Graptoveria I acquired at Paul's plant sales a few weeks ago. The fabulous dish is a great memento of the Portland Fling!|
|Left to right: Aloe deltoideodonta x jucunda, Aloe 'Doren Black', and Aloe 'Kelly Blue'|
Sorting it out last week, all the more I can say how much I absolutely love white. They look great at any point of the year but reap loads of benefits from it during dull and dreary winter. And anything you put against it instantly becomes highlighted.
And colour too. Colour is so vital in influencing ones mood especially during the winter. Grey outside and dark colours inside, ugh!
And most important of all, surround yourself with the things you love. Life is too short, if it's possible to surround yourself with lots of things you like, love, and enjoy then why not? In our case plants. They may not be all over the house like it used to but by adding a few more in the sun room it will give us incentive to spend more time there (than we do already) during the winter.
A place where the party continues!