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    I've been working on this all winter and I'm amazed nothing died!

    I have this pretty large area of rock bed in the front of my house, with some large collector's boulders my dad I picked up some places years ago. I always thought it needed something more than rocks and a single gnarly-growing Texas sage bush, so late last fall/this winter, I have been steadily adding cactus and succulents that I thought would not only improve the appearance of the rock bed, but were also hardy enough to take that north wind during the winter- I am pleased to say that so far it's been a 100% success! Here's a few of my favorites:

    Crassula caput-minima


    Crassula Mesembryanthimoids


    Rhombophyllum Dolabiforme


    Rhombophyllum Dyeri


    Old cluster of mixed Faucaria


    Hamatocactus Hamatocanthus


    HAWORTHIA TIIIIIIIIIIME! :-D

    Haworthia Mirabilis v. Badia


    This one could be any one of several


    These two are Retusa hybrids, one is a White Ghost



    Cuspidata


    Tesselata Venosa


    Mystery


    Marginata


    Mirabilis Mundula


    My favorite, and oldest Haworthia, the Cooperii, may or may not be a v. Truncata, I really can't tell the difference between them


    I have a lot more plants in the bed, will post them all over time. I have some big ones I am till planning out.

    Happy Spring all!
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    That's really great! Can you post a photo of the whole growing area?

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    Sure! Sorry it took so long, I had to go out of town for a bit. Here's the overall view (kinda-sorta), with some new pics.



    This is around the corner on the other side of the sage:

    Closer view of that "T-rex" head shaped rock:

    My sage bush needs a lot of help. Getting kind of ugly:

    Baby Cooperii

    Unknown

    Haworthia?

    Budding Mammillaria Elongata 'Pink Nymph'

    Obregonia Denegrii

    Sempervivium

    Chaemolobivia 'Rose Quartz'


    More to come...

    P.S.: no idea why that 2nd picture is sideways, it displays fine on my computer *shrugs*
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    Great succulents!

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    Looks nice! Kinda limited in outdoor growing succulents for this region, or I'd have a rock garden, too.

    Speaking of rock gardens, though not a succulent, have you ever grown Digitalis obscura? Supposedly it does well in arid rock garden type areas. I'm thinking about trying it here in a particularly dry spot.
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    Very cool, looks great, good work!

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    That 'Pink Nymph' Mammi opened up! Took a few quick shots of it.

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    A lot of cacti and such have been blooming like crazy! But I'm only showing ones in my actual rock area for now.

    My 'Rainbow Bursts' opened this morning: I have four, and 2 of the plants flowered at once. This one is in the bed though.


    Color didn't quite come out right, but you can see how awesome they are! I was stunned, and they even smell nice too, similar to a Crinum lilly! May well be my new favorite.

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