Six on Saturday – W27/2020 – Potted succulents

This week has been lovely with balmy days and cooler nights. This morning it got steadily cooler, settling at 15 degrees C. It is supposed to be cold tomorrow. Despite the cool weather today is beautiful -the bonus image in the header shows that. It is a view out to see from Flaxton, with Dulong in the foreground and in the distance Marcoola and Mudjimba. The sea is all aglow in the sunlight. The two birds are Tuscan crows.

Hardly any gardening has been done this week, as I am trying to recover from plantar fasciitis. There has been a vast improvement, so hopefully I can start gardening again next week.

This week’s Six is all about my potted succulents. Other gardeners will have different Six’s for today, so head over to the comments section of The Propagator’s blog to see what is taking preference in their gardens.

My first mixed pots of succulents is in a terracotta pot. I purchased most of these from a garage sale in Gracemere (Central Queensland). It was a very addictive as you selected individual plants from a huge array in trays, and usually went away with far more than you intended to buy. She charged per number of plants. Nestled amongst the plants is a tiny British robin sitting on a trowel (Longacres Garden Centre, Bagshot in 2014), and a chameleon. Chameleons are fascinating creatures and one of my favourite reptiles. The plants in this pot include an Echeveria, Harworthiopsis, with a Gasteria and a Crassula at the front.

The second mixed pot is an upcycled Maxwell Williams dish with a drainage hole found at the recycle centre. It does make a rather elegant succulent pot (but needs a clean after the rain). I added some height in the form of a small pottery container with a little mouse sitting on its rim. The plants in this container include bright green Sedum, and Echeveria.

The third mixed pot is not attractive and needs some serious micro-landscaping! The little plants are known as the living stone plants, genus Lithops. I bought my first plants last year from the Garden Expo and one of the local big stores. Unfortunately I had a number of losses, and these are the only remaining plants. I have kept them in their original little plastic pots, placed the pots into the dish and filled the spaces between the pots with sand and added a few rocks on top. They are on the back verandah where they get plenty of light and minimal direct sun. I rarely water them.

The fourth mixed pot of succulents has Haworthia cooperi v pilifera (at the very back of the pot), Echeveria, one tiny cutting of a Portulacaria afra, and an Aloe. And an unknown. I placed a small terracotta pot on its side with some blue glass stones tumbling out of the pot as a ‘river’. Some of the blue glass has been pinched by the local Bower bird who uses it to decorate their bower. I occasionally find dropped stones in some really odd places in the garden.

The last mixed pot I have has a painted rock fish in it, which is in serious need of another coat of paint. I am not very artistic and have put the job on the backburner for now. Perhaps a job for a rainy day? There are Echeveria, Haworthia, Aloe, and a Gasteria in the foreground.

The final succulent pot for today contains only a single succulent, probably an Sedum, and it lives on top of the air conditioner unit on the hottest side of the house. The green colour is highlighted against the brown colour of the bricks.

That’s my offering for this week. Happy gardening during the coming week!


  1. I hope your pain eases and that you can get back into your garden this coming week.

    You have a great collection of succulents, and the living stones are so strange and amazing. I hope they thrive now that you’ve moved them.

    • Starting to walk normally again, thank goodness, so hopefully I will be able to make a start on the backlog of gardening chores that have accumulated over the past few weeks. There are some fascinating succulents available…I need to start identifying those I have before adding more to the collection.

    • The lithops are very interesting indeed. I think I killed off the first batch with kindness. I was horrified, and moved the remaining plants inside to mollycoddle them, which did not work out either! The protected back verandah is definitely a good spot for them. If these four continue to survive I might even consider adding to the collection!

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