The majority of succulents here live in pots- those that are planted out in the garden are sedums and semperviviums , both of which tolerate the winter nightime temps in the 20's and seem to get along with frequent rain, wet soil and occasional standing water. The containers are arranged under a poor-mans pergola affair sporting a mature Rosa banksia lutea which, in spite of her gargantuan size requireing draconian pruning twice a year, is treasured for the nicely dappled shade on the west exposure of the house. There are lots of flowers on Lady Banks, and those flowers have many little tiny petals. The petals fade and fall and come to rest in the myriad crevices furnished by Agaves, Echeverias and Senecios among others. This starts to look pretty crappy along about April. Sticking my hand into Agave 'Blue Glow' to pick out banksia debris is downright hazardous-I get enough wounds during rose pruning season. So, once Lady Banks has exhausted herself I perform the annual succulent vacuum, courtesy of my trusty mini Shop Vac. I try not to use power equipment in my small garden. I have a push mower for the tiny bit of lawn that remains solely for the pleasure of the feline gardeners. I have an electric weed-eater that I use a couple times a year on said lawn, and a geriatric electric blower hanging in the rafters of the garage that hasn't been plugged in since sometime in the 90's. I've become exceedingly grumpy about the constant noise of gasoline powered machines over the weekends in my neighborhood .I blogged about it briefly way back here. Some even have the gaul to mow, blow, and hedge trim at cocktail hour..c'mon, who wants to stroll around the garden with a nice glass of Chardonnay or a gin and tonic on a summer evening and listen to that ? Ok, back on topic. I allow myself this annual shop-vac fest in the interest of puncture wound prevention and the all important succulent ambiance.
..after the beauty treatment ..Don't they look all spiffed up ?
Uh oh, I missed a spot.