Fishing with Senecio radicans

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From a recent garden tour. The fishhook senecio, Senecio radicans, doing what it does best, throwing its lines of hook-shaped leaves not from a pier but from a second-story balcony.

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Maybe I’m reading too much into this arrangement, because it wasn’t directly underneath but around a corner, screened by other plants. A perfect circle about 5 feet in diameter was dressed with oyster shells and planted with just a few blue echeveria. The casting pond? The relationship between the senecio and the circle could only have been apparent from the second-story balcony. Refreshingly lacking the emphasis so common when gardens turn playful, I didn’t notice the association until studying the photos later. All I noticed at the time was how the pearly, iridescent mulch sparkled in the strong mid-day sun. If it was meant as a private joke, I belatedly enjoyed the pun too.

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3 Responses to Fishing with Senecio radicans

  1. Deanne says:

    Nice! that senecio is magnificent. How old is that?

  2. Denise says:

    Deanne, I’m not sure on this one’s age, but it’s a fast grower here. I bet it’d grow fast in your hot summers. Possibly another candidate for your winter greenhouse?

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