Friday, February 25, 2011

Walkaways Part 13, and One New Plant (Part 1 of 2)

Tragically, Lowe's has new succulents in, at the same time that I have no money to buy them. I did get pictures of a lot of plants, which is fifth next-best thing to buying,1 and I wasn't actually interested in all of the plants in the post, but having to leave a few of them behind really did hurt. (The blow is softened by the idea that I might be able to get some of them elsewhere, or elsewhen, and by the fact that the husband did buy me the one that I really really wanted.)

Part 2 will be posted this afternoon.

Crassula perforata variegata.

Not particularly tempted, owing to my previous bad experiences with the "stacked" Crassulas, but there's no denying it's very colorful and pretty.

Aloinopsis rubrolineata.

What an incredibly dull and stupid-looking plant. I want one. So much.

Though it was in the "mimicry" tray, along with Fenestraria rhopalophylla and Argyroderma. This suggests that I would probably find it difficult.

Aloe x 'Minibelle.'

I got an Aloe 'Minibelle' in one of the first trades I ever did, but somehow killed it. Never figured out what I'd done wrong. I'd like to try again at some point, though it's not urgent. I have some Aloes already that look something like this.

Argyroderma NOID.

I don't understand the appeal.

Sedum rubrotinctum NOID.

After a long, long period of struggling with a light-starved, leggy S. rubrotinctum, I finally started putting them in the basement under lights. They liked that. Since then, they're still not my favorite plant, but they've definitely moving up in my estimation.

xGraptosedum 'Alpenglow' / 'Vera Higgins.'

Mildly tempting. The whole Sedum / Pachyphytum / Echeveria / Sedeveria / Pachyveria area is full of some attractive plants, but I've had problems getting them enough light, and I grew disillusioned with them quickly at work, because it was impossible to move them around without knocking a bunch of leaves off, and they don't look so good when they're partly naked. But I'm not ruling them out forever, and this is an awesome color. (Note to self: get more lights and shelves.)

Aeonium arboreum atropurpureum 'Zwartkop.'

I think they're gorgeous plants, but I don't ever even consider buying one, ever since WCW told me years ago that she'd had one years before that, and it had fallen apart on her during the winter. All I needed to hear.

Aloe x 'Crosby's Prolific.'

Another one I would like to retry, despite having killed it before. Though the one I killed never had any of the reddish color this one does, so maybe it was mislabeled? Or maybe this is?

xPachyveria glauca.

This is just begging to be planted with an Agave victoriae-reginae. See the little outlines on the leaves where they were pressed together? SO CUTE.

Stay tuned for the remaining walkaways. That post will include the succulent I actually bought.

Oh! I should maybe also tell you that they had new cacti in as well, but I didn't take pictures of any of them, because all the cacti had glued-on fake flowers. (Most were cacti I already have pictures of, too.) I hate the glued-on fake flowers. Still. Why have the plant producers not bowed to my wishes yet? Is it because I'm hating too many things at once?2 I'm putting as much negative energy out there as I can, per The Secret. It should be working by now.


1 Best: buying. Second-best: buying cuttings. Third-best: stealing cuttings. Fourth-best: renting. Fifth-best: getting pictures.
2 Besides hating glued-on fake flowers, I hate glued-on rocks, plants that have been spray-painted and/or glittered, foil-wrapped pots, pots without drainage holes, and anything "lucky." And I'm probably forgetting a lot of stuff.


Pat said...

I agree on the whole of footnote 2. Last year I had to rescue (for a friend) the top of a half-rotted yucca from a pot that had no drainage holes and standard potting compost. It is very happy now in gravel/seramis mix with lots of drainage holes.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very nice selection of succulents. I really like the Crassula perforata variegata. A Lowe's opened up recently in my city but I still haven't dropped by to visit the store's greenhouse. After this post, I feel the need to go there.

Bom said...

Can't you use the secret to get you the succulents you want? Or get Lowe's to get more? I'm interested in the Crassula and the Sedum and I'm hoping that they are available locally. Looking forward to seeing what your loot was.

Ginny Burton said...

Instead of having to screen comments before they post, why don't you use those "captcha" thingies? Then I could post comments like, "People! This man needs money to buy more plants. Donate, damn it!" and you could act like you didn't know someone was shilling for you.

The Phytophactor said...

You know, most of the stonecrops will regenerate a whole plant from a single leaf, and they drop off so easily during shipping and handling. And certainly you will use this information ethically.

mr_subjunctive said...


Well, I have hopes that I'll be able to get some of the succulents I couldn't buy, once it gets warm enough to start trading plants by mail.

The Phytophactor:

I could have, had I been so inclined (there were even some Echeveria / Sedeveria / Pachyveria leaves that had already fallen off, though a lot of them didn't look like they were in great shape), but 1) that felt dishonest and 2) I wouldn't have had the IDs that go with the plants. There are some situations where I would have been okay with taking leaves, but this particular situation wasn't one of them.

Jenn said...

xPachyveria glauca. - WANT!

Stealing cuttings - OMG. Costco's selling this basket of succulents and there are little bits of stems and leaves ALL OVER. So tempting.

I don't want to get arrested, tho. So I've been good. So far.

Anonymous said...

I would not have been able to resist that xPachyveria glauca. Gorgeous!

Jenn said...

Aloe x 'Crosby's Prolific.'

Just picked one of these up at HD today. They had a large one in an 8" pot that was blooming - a pale salmon color that caught my eye.

I need to go back and take a photo of that plant.

The one I bought was one of the 3" $1.98 pots. I do love that you can often do this at HD. I buy lots of my succulents there. So if I'm going to murder another plant, I'm only out 2 spot. Is that brutal, or realistic?