Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cactus Monday...and Succulents too!

Well, actually I am showing you all of my screenroom plants...well, not all, but some anyway! These are not succulents at all, but I had to show how this angelwing begonia is taking over the world! I know I should cut back the long stems to make it bushy, but I don't have the heart...I just adore these long lovelies!!!
On the back right hand side of the table is a gift from a friend called Lemon Thyme, and boy does it smell good! The pot she gave me is so pretty also!

Here is some info I found about it:
Lemon Thyme looks like English Thyme and grows like English Thyme but that is where the similarity stops. Lemon Thyme definitely smells like lemon and tastes like lemon. It can be used in any recipe calling for lemon juice, lemon zest or lemon flavoring. It grows like a weed so there is always more lemon waiting in the garden. Lemon Thyme added to marinade is great with fish or chicken. Lemon Thyme's glossy green foliage can be sheared to form one of the knots in a traditional knot garden.
---Very interesting. I will try this out in cool is that!!! Here is a close-up of it!
Oh...if you would like to check out a few recipes that use this herb, click here: LEMON THYME RECIPES

Now here is my mystery haworthia ???? Update: This succulent has been I.D.'d by my blogger pal, and succulent expert in my book... Ashraf Shreif, as a Haworthia turgida var. suberecta

My trio of friends! Cryptanthus (red), Dyckia marnier (silver-green), and Haworthia Limafolia (green).

I did a little trimming on my Elephant Bush bonsai...and

here are a pot of cuttings I am trying to get rooted for further bonsai material!

I cleaned a lot of dead strands out of these Strings of Bananas...but...

I was encouraged to find new growth coming up in both pots! Hey...saved in the nick of time...I was planning to throw them both in the trash today! They irritate me, generally!

The Haworthia limafolia are so easy to have...they are the non-pickiest succulent I own! AND...are really about the most beautiful with that lovely swirling star pattern going on! I adore them!

A bright little Moon Cactus thrown in for good measure!

Check out all the growth on my Fairy Castle Cactus...all thise new little growths on the bottom...I am so glad I saved this one from the Walmart of Doom! It is very hardy, cute, and a perfect shade of dark forest green!

Here is a shot of a portion of my long running ZigZag or Ric Rac epiphytic cactus from Mexico. The lightning-shaped leaves dangle two to four feet over the edge of the pot. It is a fun one, for sure!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my screenroom succulents!
Happy Cactus Monday everybody!


Teri C said...

I LOVED seeing all these plants! Gosh your sun room must be fabulous to sit in and enjoy the surroundings. They are all so interesting and pretty.


Ashraf shreif said...

hi julie
i think Haworthia turgida var. suberecta

Margaret Ann said...

What a happy collection of beauties! Love the fairy tale cactus-have seen tham before but never knew their name...OOOH! ...and that moon cactus rocks the house with that vibrant glorious color! LOve Love Love!

HCM Fellow Cacuteer! :)

soulbrush said...

i loved this, i agree with teri, what a sight. the lemon thyme sounds just too yummily smelly for words, if you know what i men? and the little moon cactus which is now your avatar cute, and your bonzai, i have to trim my bertie bonzai too, but feel nervous, he hasn't been living with me for very long, and loves the sun next to senita, and is growing new bright green leaves all over the place, do i really have to trim him? advice please... e mail me...

soulbrush said...

and of course Happy Cactus Monday fellow cactuteer!

marianne said...

Thanks for letting me see all these wonderful plants.I have very little inside the house, I´m not good at taking care of them
Happy Cactus Monday Julie! said...

They look great!

Aiyana said...

I never knew that about lemon thyme. I knew it was a spice of some kind but I've never used it.
Your Fairy Castle Cactus has really taken off. Another success!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Happy Cactus Monday. Love seeing all of your plants. The ric rack cactus is wild. The little red cactus stuck on the greeen on is cool too. I have seen that at Lowes lately.

My LIttle Family: said...

very nice post! you gotta go to my blog and check out the honeybee!

Serena said...

I love plants that smell like lemon! I'll check out the recipes shortly.

Great pics, Julie!

Pudgeduck said...

What a great sunroom! You have the touch!!

Louise said...

I love the Cryptanthus. I have one of them in a succulents pot and it's not doing so well. I have it near the window and I don' know what I'm doing wrong.