Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Getting ready for more dry weather

The weather forecast for our region is for more dry and warm weather for the next few months. It is weeks since we have had rain and the soil is as hard as a rock. I have been trying to keep some of the veggies alive as well as some plants I don't want to lose but have decided to do what we did during the last long drought and plant succulents which don't require a lot of water.


So I have been on the lookout for any succulents we don't already have and, as I said in a previous post, when we visited a plant sale at the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival, three succulents just appeared in the boot of my car. LOL! I took photos of most of our plants so that I can keep track of what we have as sometimes they just disappear for some reason. Those in the above photo would take over the garden given half a chance I think. I don't know the names of a lot of what we have but perhaps someone else might be able to enlighten me.




This was taken from a huge plant by a neighbour and I think the name is 'Flapjack'. 


Another plant without a name which I bought from Danish Flower Art on the way into town. Their succulents are selling for $5 if you happen to be passing by on the highway. If you are into beading then hang on to your wallet as they have hundreds and hundreds of beads there.




I bought this one there on the same day. 




This is a Gasteraloe Green Ice which I bought in Warwick ....



...as well as Sempervivium Oddity...


...and Albucca Spiralis which is a very unusual looking plant. 




The rest of the unnamed succulents are ones we have had for many years ...




..as you can tell from the cobweb in the above photo. 



Once a year our Council lets residents choose two plants from their nursery which we are notified about when we get our rates notice. Last year we turned up on the first day the plants were available and could hardly get a park as it looked like all the gardeners in town had the same idea. This year I will get there even earlier and try to beat the crowd but I don't like my chances. Obviously gardening is a popular pastime in Toowoomba. However, I did pick up this succulent which is looking the worse for wear with the cold weather and is called Crassula Ovata





I like this pinkish plant which grows prolifically which is just as well due to the lack of TLC it gets.  It is growing over onto the path so I need to cut it back. I was going to take some to our Simple Living Toowoomba workshop last Saturday but unfortunately it was cancelled due to sickness. 




I think these plants might be called Jelly Beans or something like that. 



There are a few other bits and pieces we have growing as well. Thankfully they all survived the frosts of winter which I think are now behind us but here you never know if there will be a late frost which will surprise us all. It has happened before. 

Our Carnival of Flowers is not all that far away so if you are planning on visiting at that time it goes from the 20-29 September. Other coming events are the Bush Christmas from the 27th November to the 6th December. Some items are already available from their online shop. Handmade Under the Stars is also on at the Cobb and Co Museum on the 22nd November so don't miss out on that as it is great. So our city is going to be a very busy one in the coming months. 

Have a great week everyone!


14 comments:

  1. You have a very nice collection. Succulents are very popular here.

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    1. Nil, it is too dry to grow many flowers at the moment. Good weather for succulents though.

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  2. Sadly I have even managed to kill one of the succulents left by the previous owner at Kandos. I think it wanted water! You have a wonderful collection.

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    1. Dear me, that's no good. I must admit though I have lost a couple too.

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  3. You have a such an interesting variety of succulents Chel, they really are attractive aren't they. I feel for the organisers of the Carnival of Flowers with no sign of rain on the horizon, what a challenge.I am excited though because I might be in Toowoomba towards the end of September for a quick visit so will try and see the Carnival.

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  4. Pauline, let me know if you have time to meet up. If you are in town just before the Carnival actually starts then it is much quieter although busloads of tourists do start arriving on the Friday before. I believe the gardeners use bore water but I might be wrong about that.

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  5. As our climate is becoming dryer I've had to become a fan of succulents too Chel. They're fabulous for sticking into garden gaps and look really interesting in pots and old containers too. You have quite a few unusual ones that I hadn't seen before. XX

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    1. Sally, I have some growing in old strainers from the kitchen. They look great :-)

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  6. the unnamed long tubie looking plant is i think a pencil plant & apparently can grow into a massive tree; my neighbour had a huge one that they cut right down as shaded the whole yard
    love your collection of succulents & you have quite a variety including i saw a few aloes in the mix. i have only just started collecting a few too as have been reviewing my gardens; all my flowers are gone & unless we get good rains won't be back; calendula, zinnia, feverfew to name a just a few ... so i'm going with what will survive on very little or no water; geraniums (all) salvias, succulents, aloes; various lilies, etc; it is getting very hard here with no rain in sight for several months.
    hopefully this system won't last for too long & with any luck there's more rain in the next cycle
    thanx for sharing

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  7. Selina, I did see a bigger pencil plant in a Carnival garden a few years ago. I might just keep mine in a pot.

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  8. Chel you have a great collection.....I have been taking my succulents out of pots and planting into bare spots in the garden...As you said its getting warmer and drier....Here in the Lockyar Valley we have cancelled our garden competition due to we are now drought declared...

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    1. Mandy, isn't it terrible? Just so dry. I wonder how our Carnival entrants are coping with the drought. Yes, some of my succulents are going to be taken out of the pots too to fill things out a bit in the poor old garden. Hopefully it will rain soon.

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  9. Oooh I have severe ‘succulent envy’ after reading this post Chel! Lol Seriously though, I love the wide range that you have. I’m gradually turning the garden over to succulents and bromeliads as they need little water and the possums don’t eat them.

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  10. Let me know when you are coming to town and I will give you some of my succulents.

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