Thursday 4 June 2020

The architecture of succulents

It's June so I can now legitimately talk about plants. Birds? Eh? No, sorry, no idea. Are they like Pigeons and Crows and stuff? I'm not interested in those really. No,I like plants. Generally all plants, but there are some groups that for whatever reason really capture my imagination. Cycads, Araucaria, Aloe, Agave, Yuccas, Haworthia, Echeveria, Aeonium, Aroids, Ferns....many more probably but those are just the groups that pop into my head immediately. Thinking about it a little more most of them have a very beautiful symmetry, a very structured way of growing - predictable and perfect. Here are a few casual snaps from my phone as I pottered around the succulent bed - I am wondering if my macro lens on my real camera might be usefully employed to do something rather better. Another project for the list - there is an almost endless variety of interesting forms, shapes and colours - I have a lot of plants. Some people in my house think I have too many, and every autumn and spring there is a huge amount of work to do to get everything in position for just a few short months.

Agave parryi 'truncata'

Aeonium schwarzkopf

Echeveria lola

Aloe plicatilis

Echeveria pulidonis

Agave 'Blue Glow'

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