Sunday Selections # 257

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment here so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have a few photos of new things in my garden.

ta da! one blue glazed bird bath.

and another one!

see? two of them. Pretty aren't they? but they're not for the birds. 
I have plenty of water dishes around for birds, lizards and cats.

these are now planted with bits of various succulents I took from other plants. I plan to surround the base of these with a ring of kalanchoe and/or Jade "Gollum".

I decided I needed a little height in the garden, since all of the succulents in there are low growing and the kangaroo paws won't be tall until they flower and then the flowers don't last long.

these cuttings will fill the bowl eventually and some will spill over the sides a bit and look interesting.

remember the tiny piece of this I showed last year? I *ahem* pinched it from a large plant growing next to the footpath by a bus stop. Well, it has tripled in size and flowered twice. I took a piece from one side to put into one of the bird baths.

this donkey's tail was a one-and-a-half inch piece that I found on the path around the side of the flats where it had fallen off a neighbour's plant, probably when someone brushed by with the rubbish bins. Now it's about eight inches long and doing well, so I broke off a two inch piece shooting near the base to put in the birdbath.

I don't know what this is, but it has grown from a single two leaf section.

another view. There's a small secondary shoot growing in the middle, when that gets a bit bigger, I'll break it off and repot it.

my Crassula "Rippled Jade" has doubled in size,

and will eventually fill this big pot.

the dwarf blue chalk sticks is also growing well; it was a single clump when I planted it, now there are four and there were a couple of smaller side shoots as well, they are now in one of the bird baths.

a shot from the side, (here you see the smaller side growths that I took for the bird baths), it looks quite tall, but is only about four-five inches high, plus flower stems.
It's growing so much better than the original blue chalk sticks (non-dwarf) that I put straight into the garden, they were badly decimated first by brown bear caterpillars, then slugs, and just haven't really got going. Certainly not spreading at all, like they are supposed to. 

If they don't recover and spread to the two metres they are supposed to, I'll replace them with clumps of the dwarf variety.

How's your garden growing?


  1. My yard really needs one of those glazed bird bathes. Really.

  2. Wellmy garden is under snow and ice:) I love your blue bird baths they are so pretty. Your plant selection is very pretty you obviously have a green thumb. In my defense of gardening my kale is covered with snow and ice but it is still good for soups and casseroles it is sweeter in the cold. Hug B

  3. Hi River,

    We rarely if ever see lizards over here. I can't imagine what it's like leaving water for them.




  4. Well, it's ugly winter in my garden, but yours is wonderful.

  5. You must have the greenest thumb in Oz!!

  6. I love it. What a great use of the bird baths. The garden? A work in progress. As always.

  7. A nice welcome to Sunday. I've been pretty busy the past few days so haven't visited (or read and responded) as regularly as I usually do.

    I hope you week treats you well, River. Cuddles to Angel...I hope your hand is healing well. :)

  8. I do like a good succulent or two, they are very neat tidy plants.

  9. Blue, glazed bird baths. They would have cost a bit. Nice.

  10. R Mac Wheeler; I got mine from the local Cheap as Chips shop, and had them delivered of course. There's no way I could carry them on the bus.

    Buttons Thoughts, just think of the enjoyment you'll get when the garden appears again in spring.

    Plasman; the grounds around the flats here support several colonies of blue-tongue lizards and one is living in the gap where the downpipe from the gutters enters the ground, so I leave a dish of water on the front porch for him.

    Joanne; your garden will be beautiful again in the spring and you have much more colour than I do.

    fishducky; nope! Just a long trial and error period with lots of failures. Which I don't catalogue here.

    Elephant's Child; I saw it in a magazine and copied the idea. A lifelong work in progress I'm thinking.

    Lee; it's Sunday, day of rest. Take a break :)

    Merle; That whole garden is going to be 95% succulents eventually. Nothing much else will grow there, too much competition from the tree roots.

    Andrew; Cheap-as-Chips cheap; including delivery fee, the two of them worked out cheaper than buying from a major garden centre.

  11. I love the bird baths - that cobalt blue colour is my most favourite. :)

    I was at Bunnings yesterday and hilariously the section with a sign for succulents was full of cottage plants, and the succulents were in another section entirely. No plants were purchased, only parts for a new irrigation system. ;)

    Here is my link this week with a garden update.

    Sunday Selections @Snoskred 1

  12. The succulents are doing very well.

  13. Snoskred; my original plan was for green bird baths, but they were always sold out, so I got the blue and they match the smaller pot on my front porch, so that worked out well. I love your portulacas.

    Margaret-whiteangel; eventually that garden bed will be 95% succulents, they seem to be what survives best and they're pretty as well.

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