Morning Dew Drops on Our English Rose

It was quite misty this morning, and when I went into the garden, I noticed the water droplets on our English Rose. I wrote a previous post on the Rosa Wenlock,so please take a look if you would like to know more about it. Below is a second photo of this lovely flower.

Depending on the time of day and lighting,  the color of the rose blossom can vary from pinkish, to a more purple hue. As I said in my previous post, the Rosa Wenlock is a beautiful addition to any garden.

The Aeonium is a Beautiful Succulent That is Easy to Grow

succulents,red and green,Aeonium,Aeonium arboreum is native to the Canary Islands, although the one above is growing in my front garden. My plant came from friends who no longer had room in their garden. It does quite well, most of the year, but tends to struggle in very hot weather. After doing a little reading on the habits of the aeronium, I learned that they like to be in a light place, but do not do well in full sun. Sadly I’d placed mine in full sun. Tomorrow I’ll give it a slightly shadier position in the garden. Fortunately, it’s growing in a pot, so can be moved easily. I also learned they can’t survive temperatures below 50 degrees and prefer a sandy porous soil. I like to make my own soil mixtures, and below is the recipe I use for succulents and cacti.

succulent potting mix recipe

I make a mixture of two parts potting soil, one part perlite, and one part pumice. These three ingredients are found easily in garden departments, or nurseries. It’s much less expensive to make your own mix, and all types of succulents and cacti do well with this mixture.