Nine, Ten. I was admiring the four-hundred some pots at Alternative Eden. "How do they take such good care of so many pots?" I wondered.
Eleven, Twelve...Thirty Five, Thirty Six. "I must have only fifty plants in pots, and I can't take care of them nearly as well. How many do I have, anyway?", I thought. "I'll count them."
That was a mistake.
Thirty Seven, Thirty Eight....Ninety Two. Ninety two!?!
Ninety Three...One Hundred Three. Where am I going to put 'Mr Ripple?' Can it take full sun out on the front slope?
One Oh Four, Oh Five...Ten.
Hundred Eleven . No wonder they call Epiphyllums Orchid Cactus. They are just like Orchids: ugly as sin out of bloom.
112...115. Water those guys, they are dry.
116...121. Golly I love that variegated Agave attenuata. The poor thing is still in the pot I bought it in. I adore it every day. Please don't ever bloom. The Agave pumila looks great in that pot. Some plants belong in pots. Not as many as I have in pots.
122, 123. Those need to be redone. What a mess.
124 - 134. Those Aloes will go in the ground as soon as they get a little larger.
135. That little Clematis needs to be repotted. The sludge it is growing in hasn't been potting mix for years.
136. That Aloe has been growing and happy mixed in with the Geranium 'Rozanne'. Needs to go in the ground, though. Soon, soon.
137-140. I only see three, you say. There's a mint behind the Alluadia dumosa. It has been in the same pot for 14 years. There is no potting soil in the pot--just mint roots. It grows happily anyway. It's not fussy. I gave the Bursera on the left fertilizer this year for the first time since I bought it back about 2010. It's amazing how much better plants in pots look when I actually take care of them.
141. The Aloe dorotheae is happy. This is one Aloe that seems better off in a pot than in the ground--though I think I'll try it in the ground. I have so many plants in pots.
142. This Lagerstroemia will go in the ground. I just got it a few days ago.
143. Why do I have that? Throw it out. But it's healthy...
144: a much better place for an out-of-bloom Epiphyllum: where I can't see it.
This poor Kalanchoe belongs in the ground. 145.
148. No comment. Boy is that embarrassing. I could at least cut off the roots coming out of the drainage hole, so the pot stands straight. Maybe tomorrow.
Aeonium 'Mardi Gras' is under a rose until summer's over. It's a bit dormant right now. #149.
150-151. Ah, finally pots in an appropriate spot, decorating alcoves by the front door, containing plants that belong in a pot. The black Aeoniums are actually there to catch the water that drains out of the Sedum trough.
Should put a black Aeonim pot under the Sedum trough on the other side of the door, #152. Pots I'm actually happy with.
I bought this Hesperaloe because it was a good price. I don't know where to put it. #153
That Echinopsis hybrid, #154, stabbed me when I bought it. I moved it to shade, because we're going to have a heat wave for the next four days.
#155, Bay tree has been in that pot for 14 years also, in sludge that used to be potting soil. It grows on. #156, Dracaena draco, a big box impluse buy, I've been trying to give away for a long time. Too big, eventually. It haunts me. Does anyone need a Dracaena draco? It's yours.
#157 Epidendrum. This pot falls over whenever it's windy.
#158, a trio of potted Iris is guilt-free--a garden buddy wants a pale blue Iris, and I will give her these soon. It's August and therefore it's time to plant Iris.
#159-160. I should throw those out. The tall stems are cool, though. More examples of pots that fall over when it's windy.
There's last year's novelty, Lotus jacobeus, which needs a good amount of moisture, so I put it under the Japanese maple where it will get some. I'm not sure how to make the plant more attractive--can I cut it back, or will it die? It's rather lanky. #161
Bromeliads, three of them. #162-164
Agave parrasana 'Fireball', which is going on the front slope. It has some pups. I'll have to pot those. #165. That's way less than 400 pots, but I missed photographing a few. There's a couple of cymbidiums hidden behind a hydrangea, a begonia or two, and oh, there's some on the deck upstairs, and about five in the house...oh, stop, stop! I'm potted out. How many plants in pots do you have? Maybe you shouldn't go count them.