This is me with a stolen piece of succulent plant!
I was at a cafe and I spotted a cool looking succulent in the cafe’s toilet. I asked a waitress if I could have a little piece and she had no idea what I was talking about (sigh!), and she said she’d ask the owner, but she didn’t get back to me. So I pinched a piece anyway. And so it’s not reeeeeally stolen?!
When we bought our first house 15 years ago, I was obsessed with succulents.
I had so many! I knew the names of them!
But then I had children. So my interest in them waned. I could barely have a shower and look after myself, let alone look after a couple of house plants.
Now I’m back at it.
I have a mental wishlist of succulents I need in order to complete my collection.
When I go on my weekly runs, I often look into people’s gardens and if I spot a succulent I want… I knock on their door to ask if I could break off a little branch so I can propagate it.
In fact, when I go for my runs, I always carry a bit of cash (2 x $5 notes) for coffee, for a snack, for emergency water or…. for the instance I come across a succulent and someone is reluctant to give me a branch for free, so at least I have $5 to offer them???
Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m always prepared for it haha!
Rare succulents can be over $20!
You only need one leaf to propagate a whole succulent.
You need a lot of time too.
Here is my succulent baby nursery. The one on the left is a baby orchid.
They are my babies. My new children. Who don’t talk back.
Look how well they are doing!
I’m so proud of them.
These guys have been growing for 6 months.
They are so bright, green, glossy and… succulent.
I keep their leaves polished too!
These guys are new additions, from my sister’s house. Including the one I stole from the cafe.
All looking very young and perky. Doing rather nicely!
I’m also on the hunt from op-shopped terracotta pots and retro bowls, to grow them in. As I have LOTS more bigger succulents in my garden.
I definitely see 2018 as a year of daggy hobbies :)