How did they get so big

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

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. lindasgarden says:

    What a lovely post Helen all the plants look lovely have a nice Sunday

  2. Christina says:

    Autumn is certainly one of the busiest times in the garden, Have a good Sunday in the garden or in the greenhouse. Christina PS you could link this post to GBFD, the post is up.

  3. What lovley big healthy plants you have there, do you need a warm greenhouse for them over the winter..?

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi TCG – I keep them in a frost free greenhouse where the heating comes on if temperatures drop to around 3C

  4. Holleygarden says:

    Those look beautiful! They certainly don’t look like they’ve been neglected!

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi HG – I think they have thrived on the neglect, maybe we all try too hard!!

  5. Lesley Baker says:

    They are looking great! Tricky job re-potting them, isn’t it, but they look so wonderful once it’s done! And guess what I need to do asap….Thanks for reminder!

  6. kate says:

    Those are just fabulous – I love them both. I’m sure you don’t really want them, do you? I think they’d like a holiday…

    I need to look at my succulents too. Haven’t checked for ages. Bad gardener…

  7. Helen these are gorgeous. I have never seen any succulents this big.

  8. debsgarden says:

    Those succulents are fabulous! They bring back memories of my grandmother’s succulents, which were similarly huge. By the way, I love your new scarf shown on your previous post. It looks hand made and very expensive!

  9. Mark and Gaz says:

    They are nice succulents and grown so well. These and other exotics take awhile to get going hence most exotic plant based gardens look their best in late summer.

  10. Love the Aeonium tabuliforma, I tried to grow this from seed – with zero success 😦
    Yours is looking fabulous. I do think that there are some plants who thrive on neglect!
    K

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