July 2016 Growing like weed

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John Dos
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July 2016 Growing like weed

Postby John Dos » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:02 am

As I believe most of you will have noticed by now, I actually cherish plants that other growers would simply call a weed and eradicate. And I grow them together with my succulents.
These plant are an annoyance to many growers - just think of yellow flowered little Oxalis with springing capsules - and some succulents are weeds on their own right and even on the red lists of undesired invasive newcomers, like Carpobrotum in mild or Mediterranean climates.

This will be this month's theme: Cacti and Succulents that behave like weeds and weeds that adore growing in between Cacti and Succulents, well protected by spines and fleshy leaves, making a short lived but beautiful display sometimes.

I hope you find this theme inspiring. A nice moth to all!
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Re: July 2016 Growing like weed

Postby Liz M » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:43 am

My Oxalis carnosa is looking a bit water-logged at the moment but I have a few weedy types.
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Kalanchoe beauverdii

This one is like a triffid, it grows and grows and flops over everything it comes across. I have yet to have a flower but I usually cut it back before winter and as it is a winter flower-er, I miss out.
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Sedum dasyphyllum

A menace, as it falls apart as soon as you touch it and every leaf produces a new leaf in record time. It has one redeeming feature in that it is really pretty when it flowers.
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Sedum dasyphyllum flowers

Then there are other forms, this one grows in the Pyrenees
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Pyrenean Sedum dasyphyllum

This last one is the north African form and much larger than the others.
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North African Sedum dasyphyllum
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Re: July 2016 Growing like weed

Postby John Dos » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:56 pm

And the winner is : Sedum dasyphyllum flowers.

More luck to you, Liz.
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Re: July 2016 Growing like weed

Postby Liz M » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:49 pm

Thank you John. It is such a shame that no-one else put any pictures on this month. So maybe it would a good time to have a subject of Plants and their flowers, we have seen so many flowers on the rest of the Forum, recently.
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