In case you were wondering (you were, weren’t you?!), remember those Hobbity succulents that I mentioned a while back?
Inspired by these photos from the Piece of Eden blog,
I spent hours in my rock garden that first day, carefully pushing little plants around in the rocks…cleaning out the dead leaves in the Hen and Chicks forests and thinning them out. I moved baby Chicks all over the place, placing them in Just The Right Spots. I talked to them, patted them down a bit, sprinkled water carefully over them as we hadn’t had a drop of rain in weeks and weeks. But took into consideration that the number one killer of succulents is Too Much Water.
I went into the house tired but satisfied.
I awoke the next morning to little Chick bodies strewn all over the garage porch and the rock garden. And horror of horrors, my beloved Pink Corral ruffled echeveria had been dug up and thrown aside!!!
First suspicions zeroed in on skunks. I declared war on all skunks. I loaded the shotgun, put Big Boss on full alert, replanted everything *argh* and decided to stay up all night to stand guard.
My aged body gave in around 1:00. Somewhere around 4:00, BB arose and went to the garage where he discovered not a skunk but a raccoon. A mama raccoon. With a full house. His choice was to either eliminate whatever varmints he could or face a very disgruntled gardener. Seeing as how the coon population has doubled and tripled here in the last few years thus elevating levels of raccoon diseases, not to mention the tons of corn silage they put away on a nightly basis at the feedlot, BB did some thinning out.
This time I took the most precious of the plants (the echeverias) in and placed them in clay pots so I could protect them in the garage windows from skunks, coons and/or whatever.
And there they resided while I took a couple of trips.
Last Saturday, I decided to try it again and replanted everything. Plus a few new purchases from my friendly greenhouse… Coral Reef Pink echeveria, Coral Carpet and Blue Spruce stonecrop…
and some miniature stonecrop that I can’t remember the name of.
Ooops. Ending of sentence with a preposition not good. 😀
So far, so good.
I’ve left the garage porch lights on each night. I check on the plant status in the middle night after a journey to the bathroom. I peek out the window during the storms we’ve had the last 3 or 4 nights just to make sure all is well.
So far, so good. And holding…