I am in the process of re-discovering my garden after the neglect caused by the allotment experiment.  I have down the basics over the last two years but it has been the very basics and walking round the garden with a fresh perspective it is clear that there is much to do. There are brambles – large ones!!

Anyway, it seems that not only have the weeds thrived on the neglect but also some of the plants and in particular those living in Succulent Theatre.  I do take them in each winter and store them in a frost-free greenhouse but when I was pottering around today looking at what needed to be overwintered I noticed that some of them were swamping their pots.

The first candidate for re-potting was Echeveria ‘la Femme’.  I bought this last year at the Gardeners World  Live Event as a dainty little succulent.  Now it is beginning to resemble a small cabbage.  I didn’t have a tape measure in the greenhouse but across the widest point is one of my hand spans (see below).

Another plant is desperate need for repotting is Aeonium tabuliforma.  I couldn’t see the top of the pot the plant was in as it was so swamped.  It was quite a tricky operation to get it out and not break any of the petals, is that the right term – I don’t think so. I have also seen it referred to as the Dinner Plate Aeonium.  It will be interesting to see how this plant grows.

Like the Echeveria  the Aeonium is already a hand span wide.  I have just measured my hand span and its 9 inches.

Anyway these two are potted up and ready for winter.  Lots more to do and sort out so Autumn is going to be very busy

For other posts about foliage visit Christina’s blog