I documented my disdain for photosynthesis back in 2009 with this post. Those words laid the groundwork for what may today seem to be a 180-degree turn in the greener direction.
It appears I can choose and maintain plants for the long haul.
The caveat? They must be succulents.
Just say it with me… suc-cu-lent. It’s both fun to say and something an 11-year-old boy might giggle upon hearing. But there is no denying the thing I love the most about this particular category of plants, second only to their apparent hardiness, is this: their inherent design.
(And yes, I know… the little concrete planter mug? Friggin’ adorable.)
And where did they (and most of my containers) all come from you might be asking? With the exception of one, they all came from IKEA. Yep. I make the 20-minute drive every time I’m in need of a new plant. So far, none have failed me.
Well, almost none. There is this one:
This little guy is my fault. He was in a pot in Aidan’s room last year, and I decided to transplant him. He hasn’t exactly thrived but that’s new green you see right there. He’s living on the deck along side the three in the white planter, and next to this guy:
Remember, they need to believe you do not care about them.
Then you’re golden.
Herein ends today’s gardening lesson.
All today’s images where shot with my Canon 50mm Macro Lens. This is a lens I forget about unless I need to do close up detail shots, and yet I realized that it’s such a great all-purpose lens. It’s fast, it lets you get some fantastic detail and bokeh and it’s not priced completely out of the ball park. Tracey Clark recommended this to me some years ago and it’s been a great lens in my collection.
*The claims made in this blog post cannot be substantiated nor endorsed by the SPSA (Succulent Plans Society of America)**
**There is no such thing as the SPSA but I know that occasional watering and a kind word every month do, in fact, go a long way to keeping your succulent happy.