just a few more plants

In living, we accumulate. We admire. We desire. We love. We collect. We display.” — “Let’s Celebrate the Art of Clutter,” Dominique Browning

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More recent acquisitions cluttering up the table under the pergola. There’s still room for a couple pair of elbows and coffee cups, but just barely.

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This one, Echeveria subsessilis ‘Variegata,’ turned up at the Drought Tolerant Festival on Saturday. I’d completely forgotten about this echeveria, even though I mentioned it here a couple years ago. (Much better price at the show at $12, but how much was that one leaf worth I knocked off when repotting?)

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Seeing Echeveria secunda ‘Compton Carousel’ in the show building sent me outdoors to scour the sales tables, but there wasn’t a variegated echeveria to be had. Defeated, I went back inside and mooned over ‘Compton Carousel’ some more.

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I checked out other stuff too, like a pristine Agave applanata ‘Cream Spike’

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Mammillaria sphacelata ssp. viperina

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Mammillaria duwei

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Mammillaria gracilis

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Euphorbia esculenta

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Agave chazaroi

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But I invariably returned to the echeveria exhibit. There was literally a wheelbarrow full of echeveria perfection, so unlike my raggedy bunch at home. The very, very nice echeveria lady saw me hanging around her exhibit and said she sympathized with my frustration over not finding a variegated echeveria for sale. She said it was ‘Compton Carousel’ that started her obsession with echeverias, and that I should check Matt Maggio’s Rain Shadow Succulents table, which I already had.

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But on her advice I checked again and, sure enough, there it was. It’s not ‘Compton Carousel,’ but it’s still thrilling to find this little one. (Please don’t tell me you’ve found dozens at the big box stores.)

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This cross of Aeonium simsii and ‘Zwartkop’ was found at a table of aeonium species and hybrids. Kita’s Kactus & Succulents filled bowls with aeonium cuttings sitting in perlite. You picked what you wanted, and she carefully wrapped them for the journey home.

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This Aeonium mascaense was from the same source.

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And it’s still two weeks from the first day of summer! Thank goodness there’s still plenty of table left.

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9 Responses to just a few more plants

  1. I think your Echeveria subsessilis ‘Variegata’ is every bit as nice as ‘Compton Carousel’. Rumor has it that it’s very temperamental. It’s still very hard to find, from what I hear.

    By the way, I love your table!

  2. Denise says:

    Gerhard, you can be sure I’m still on the hunt for CC. I love that table too, very durable. It was a display table at Smith & Hawken, bought when they closed shop.

  3. Kris P says:

    Congrats on your find. I knew I should have found a way to make it to that festival…

  4. ks says:

    I find that fiddling around with small pots is one of the more transporting activities I perform in the garden. Weeding is close , but weeding is so mindless that you can still think about day to day crapola from which you might like a respite. The small pot shuffle requires thought and planning. And there is always room for more. The beer bottle is slimmer than the coffee cup.

  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Gorgeous! And your variegated echeverias are pretty sweet too! “Let’s celebrate the art of clutter” is a great motto. Isn’t that what all of those shelves and surfaces are for? Your table and it’s collection of plants is swell.

  6. Denise says:

    @Kris, I squeezed in the trip but wish I had the time to see the speakers, Lili Singer and Matt Maggio.
    @Kathy, there’s not much thought here, just keeping newer stuff in the shade under the pergola. This by no means represents all the pots in the garden!
    @Peter, I thought that celebratory attitude towards clutter fit perfectly with summer plant sales.

  7. Hoe hoe grow says:

    You can always buy a new table … a huge one !!

  8. Denise says:

    HHG, yes, I’d love a bigger table, maybe one of those narrow beer garden-type tables with benches. So glad you commented, because I’m enjoying going through your blog (a primula theater!)

  9. hb says:

    Had Echeveria subsessilis ‘Variegata,’ killed it. Be attentive, it was touchy.

    Eye candy photos, as usual.

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