Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Succulent Saturday

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the day with my mother and my friend, Amy, hunting succulents of course!  We started it off with a Succulent Seminar hosted by one of our favorite nurseries, Shades of Green.  While it wasn't terribly informative for us, it was a lot of fun.  It really was a good seminar, I'm just a weirdo about knowing everything there is to know about things I'm interested in and Google a lot, but it was a good refresher.  I did learn that a Pencil Cactus is a Euphorbia...that was one I hadn't Googled yet, probably because that's one that I just "enjoy" killing.  Amy on the other hand is a genius with her Pencil Cactus, much to my dismay!  At Amy's urging, I'm going to put together some business cards.  We put my information on the back on one of her cards to give to a lady who is in search of Palmer Sedum, which is something I have in abundance.  It was really a neat experience, and we had ladies following us throughout the nursery to ask more questions.  I think I've found my calling, now if the money would follow, please!  I also picked up some good sized succulents to put in the mailbox since the Verbena died on me. 

From there, we stopped by the closest Home Depot to see what they had.  Let's just say that we left there with an equally nice haul.  Lunch was followed by a brief stop at the pool store.  Let me just say that I've gone to chlorine...the holistic system just isn't working with the San Antonio heat, algae anyone!

Our last stop was at another favorite local nursery that happens to be quite close, Rainbow Gardens.  I love this place because whether I go in fully done up or bare and a baseball hat, Glena recognizes me and we chat about our succulents.  Of course we left with more great finds.  One I was really excited about is the Echeveria harmsii 'Red Velvet',  this little lovely is one I had last year and lost in the heater incident.  It was funny, my mother says, "Mandy, look at this."  I walked over, and as I reached out for it replied, "Oh wow, you didn't want this did you, because I need this!"  It's a good thing she loves me!

We needed to come home after that.  We left at 9 a.m. and returned at 3 p.m., exhausted and sweaty, but not too much that we couldn't pose with our loot!

The trunk was loaded, two trays were in the back seat and my mother held a box on her lap on the way home.  I can't think of a better way to spend my first Saturday with nothing to do, except maybe to plant all this!  I had excellent self control, very unusual, and brought home the least amount.

I'll share individual pictures once I get them taken.  It was too dark to get good pictures by the time Amy and I got ours in pots.  My mother's have to make the road trip home before they get planted in permanent homes. 

Have a great day!


  1. What will you put on your business cards??? You sure did come home with a haul!!!!! WOWZERS! Enjoy all of your new lovelies!!!!!

  2. Sounds like a awesome day. I need some succulent friends to go crazy with...

  3. It sounds like a dream day! Talking about plants, buying plants, wandering around.... it's an ideal way for me to spend a few hours.