Succulents on a rampage

It started back in April, when I acquired a small succulent garden (of mostly silver-blue plants) at Trader Joe’s and re-planted its five crowded inhabitants in a more suitable pot. They quickly grew too big for that space, so in May I bought a considerably larger turquoise pot for them to live in (and added a silvery creeping sedum and some ornamental stones). Now it’s early August, and most of the original plants are huge; one is blooming, another has a flower shoot blasting skyward, and two more look like they’re planning on blossoming. It’s all a bit alarming. When their mania for reproduction has run its course, it will be time for a much larger pot. Or something.

Stage 1. The Silver Blues in their first Ramona St. lodgings (on 4/25), as reported in my 4/26/18 posting “New on the patio”:


The centerpiece plant is an Echeveria ‘Blue Curls’. The very green plants are rat tail Crassulas. To the left of them, a single erect stem of another Crassula species — there are about 1480 species of them, according to Wikipedia, and some unmanageably large number of cultivars and hybrids, so identfying a Crassula is no easy task.

Directly in back of the Blue Curls, the silver-blue fingers, are a couple of Senecio serpens, aka blue chalksticks. And in back of that, the rosette of another Echeveria, I’m not quite sure which one.

Stage 2. The Silver Blues on May 15th, freshly installed in their turquoise pot, as reported in my 5/15/18 posting “The turquoise dish”:


From a different angle, with the silver-blue Echeveria in front and the erect Crassula in back, and with the creeping sedums and the pretty stones added.

Stage 3. The Silver Blues yesterday, two and a half months after Stage 2:


Whoa!  The Blue Curls is alarmingly larger, and (if you study it carefully) can be seen to have a flower shoot (the ones just up the street, in pots in front of PALPA (the Pacific Art League Palo Alto), are now displaying thick spikes with rosy-pink flowers). The blue chalksticks are nearly a foot tall, ditto the erect Crassula — they are probably going to flower soon — and the silver Echeveria is in full bloom on a startlingly long stalk. (The other blooming succulent, in the background, is some sort of sedum.)

The rat tail Crassulas and the silver sedums don’t seem to be holding up terribly well against the competition (and you can no longer see the pretty stones). Hey, it’s a jungle out there.

Occasionally, I fear that the others will be banging at my window any day now.

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