Month: March 2016

Spring Roll Call in the Garden

Easter weekend seemed like a good time to do roll call on the non-succulent plant life.  Believe it or not I have perennials and annuals too, and the succulents will breathe a huge sigh of relief when I can move from puttering around in the basement with them to puttering around outside.



Midwest Cactus and Succulent Show

Saturday morning I hit the road and drove for two and a half hours to Cleveland for the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Plant Sale.


Mail Order Day – Haworthias!

I figured once seed sowing season started, my succulents would get a break from my obsessive attention.  Not so far, as an order that I had placed in early February finally arrived now that the weather warmed up enough to ship it.  I can cross a few things off my “want” list, as I received five different cuttings of Haworthias.  Four of them have been potted up already, as seen here:

Clockwise from top left: Haworthia viscosa viridissima, Haworthia nigra diversifola, Haworthia reticulata herlingii, and a tiny Haworthia nigra (“black clone”).


Seed Sowing – Delphiniums

After two years of trying, I finally have my first delphinium germination!




They are supposedly one of the harder plants to start from seed, as the thick seed casings require several freeze/thaw cycles to crack open.  These I had left in the fridge for months and then given a 24 hour soak before sowing; I had tried before to do a week or two in the fridge and the soak with no luck, so I don’t know if I was literally lucky to get one to crack or if the extended period of cold was necessary to trick it into thinking it had been winter, but I’ll take it.

Given my past troubles, I also tried two trays of “winter sown” seeds that are currently still outside with no signs of life yet.  A large number of the seeds I had collected last year ended up in those, so I’m hoping those will still be fruitful as it warms up.

I still consider this a big win!