No! Not Spring! Not Yet! And Aloe variegata

No!  It's too early.  We need more winter rain--lots more.  But the signs of spring are appearing.

The lizards are waking up,
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The roses are leafing out,
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The California Golden Poppies are blooming.
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New roses to plant:
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But am I happy?  Well, mostly, of course.  Any day gardening is a good day.  However...  Want.  More.  Rain!

While longing for rain and being stared at by hungry Koi, I thought more about my motley collection of potted succulents.  Some decent shelves, with the little plants all in identical pots, neatly lined up.  That would look respectable.  People might be fooled into thinking I know what I'm doing in the garden.  Okay:  I finally have a plan.  Shelves will go on the search list.  In the mean time, a bit of clean up and repotting.   Aloe variegata proved to be more than a plant--it was also a litter of pups, seven of them:

Aloe variegata

This is an exquisite little Aloe.  I put a larger one in the ground, where the Agave Augustifolia overran it.  This new one, protected and likely to stay in a pot, will be treasured.

Aloe variegata

Aloe variegata

I like A. variegata better than the bumpy small hybrid Aloes currently so much in fashion.  It's more elegant.  In winter it is a deep green.  In the heat of summer it can go a bronze color--like I said, elegant. 

Aloe variegata

I also cleaned up and repotted what might be Echeveria pulvinata(?)  I love the fuzz when the late afternoon sun hits it--it turns silver.   Another little gem of a plant:
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All cleaned up, along with a Crassula I have forgotten the name of, neat and tidy.
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There.  I forgot all about worrying over rain.  Gardening is good. Gardening soothes and relaxes, and brings a sense of peace.  Of course, I wouldn't worry about rain if I didn't garden...

Comments

  1. And I (and I imagine most gardeners) am hoping for spring to hurry and arrive! Of course, I understand about the rain. We received precious little last year. But it is so comforting to see spring coming your way - perhaps it won't be long before it arrives here!

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  2. How did you get that lizard to stay still long enough to take a picture? Your succulents look beautiful.

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  3. Early in the morning the lizards move quite slowly! Thanks Masha!

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  4. I hope spring is early and beautiful for you Holley. A long long wonderful Spring.

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