Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Come Dine With Me Again

As summer is looming the time has come to plant up the succulent table again. 


It was exactly a year when we featured it on our blog and a year on it beckons a new display of bedding succulents. Before we proceed, a reminder on how it looked like last year...


Which also reminds me that we need to oil the surface again once we're finished replanting it and when dry weather comes, to get that nice sheen on the hardwood back. Exposure to the elements and one winter and the wood has now gone grey, which is also nice in its own right.

The succulents we put in did well during the course of the summer and stayed out all winter. To our pleasant surprise half of them sailed through winter fine and survived well...except that they all got nibbled by vine weevil larvae in early spring! I treated all pots with anti vine weevil last year, except for the succulent table. Lo and behold,  the succulent table got infested. That'll teach me to treat the table planting too next time I do my treating rounds. Anyway the survivors of winter and vine weevil onslaught are now repotted in a couple of dishes, one of which is below:


Back to the table, it is relined with landscape fabric, filled in with some styrofoam and plastic pots are put in position to mark where the succulents will be planted and to leave gaps as I backfill the space with compost.



Four echeverias will go in and a clump of Aloe aristata


They are nice, big clumps of succulents already, almost a shame to just treat them as bedding only. But who knows, they might also sail through winter. I just need to make sure the succulent table is treated this year against vine weevil.


Finished product coming up soon! I need some warm and dry weather soon though so I can re oil the table.

Mark :-)

17 comments :

  1. Bring the table down here.. The weather's lovely. I got sunburnt today. I'm only gloating while I can 'cos I know full well it won't last!

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    1. I would if I could, and get to see your lovely garden too:)

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  2. Echeveria agavoides always make me think of water lilies - perfect for display on an outdoor dining table!

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    1. Indeed! One of the hardier types too!

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  3. Great! What's for dinner? ;^)

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  4. It'll look gorgeous again this year & we're all eagerly awaiting the unveiling.

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    1. I think there was more variety and colour selection last year but hopefully this will turn out fine :)

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    1. Not at the moment, didn't get to finish it last night, real dinner was ready :))

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  6. Lesson learned, plus you get to feature that fab table again. :)

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    1. I think the planting was better this year but hopefully the current edition will fill in nicely :)

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  7. I like this a lot! Sorry about your vine weevil... not the best company to keep at a table :-/

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    1. I know :( nasty things. I kind of expected as vine weevil LOVES echeverias after all...

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  8. Vine weevil! Luckily that seems to be one plague we do not (yet) have here *knocks on wood*

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    1. Lucky indeed, they are nasty bugs!

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  9. That table is so wonderful - both in idea and execution. I have no doubt, it will look stellar again this year! :)

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