"They thrive on neglect!" said my friend Bob about succulents. Well, not quite, but they are very hardy. It seems that it is easier to kill a succulent by overwatering it than from not giving it water often. They are equipped to store water as to not wither quickly. Instead of "saving for a rainy day," they save water for dry days. They are NOT however very hardy in excessively cold weather.
Succulents we have on our patio
One nice thing about most succulents is that you can easily share them with others. A cutting can be easily planted and in no time it is growing roots.
It is also great that you can create an arrangement with succulents like a wreath or a dish with a variety of them and they only need to be sprayed with
Also easy to take to a antique fair, makes the booth attractive
These beauties can grow with very little soil so you can plant them in shallow containers and even on crevices of rocks and logs.
From our Blog Friend Karin of La Pouyette in France click here
My friend Melissa is a true artist when it comes to creating beautiful containers with succulents, moss, shells. She is amazing!
Arrangement and planter creation by Melissa Olona
One of my favorite books on succulents is Designing with Succulents and two of my favorite local nurseries for succulents are Sierra Azul in Watsonville and
A Succulent Garden in Moss Landing. And if you ever attend the Long Beach Flea Market at the Veteran's Stadium, look for Mike "the succulent guy," Mike is a wonderful, jolly man and he is great with succulents, which he sells very reasonably.
Our own collection at home
I have to admit that I do love them for how beautiful they are, but also because they are easy to take care of.
Left picture: quickly some Lady Fingers in an old urn
Right picture: taken a few years ago during a visit at the San Francisco Antique Show.
do not know who created this.
Below: We have succulents in California as well at our place in Belgium.