Having got part way through the planting on Sunday, I thought it best to carry on can get it all finished. So to recap; so far the bottom third of the picture is planted up with agave parryi cream spike, graptosedum 'Mediterranean Mystery' , and a saxifage. Next in were a few sempervivum ciliosum and a small agave utahensis.
This was about the half ay mark and I was starting to worry I would not have enough plants, so it was time to raid the dry bed for some echeveria elegans.
That didn't take us as much space as I hoped so back to the sempervivums, this time s. lively bug, but again running out of plants, so time to cut up a nice little sedeveria lutescens. The name is almost right, but I can never find it referanced anywhere, another for my list of names to be confirmed. Anyway it is a nice plant, that has pretty white flowers in spring.
Really on the home stretch now just one little space to fill. Back out to the dry bed for a bit of inspiration and I spotted this lovely plant that I suspect is a graptopetalum or one of the crosses. As it has been bone hardy for me I thought it had earned the last spot, so in it went. That was it, all planted up (although no doubt I will add a few more saxifrages to help it fill out quicker) and I am really pleased with it
One of the things I like about it, is it is surprisingly 3D, as it sat on the table it looked like a proper mini landscape.
I will leave it flat for the rest of July to give it time to settle in and the plants to take root properly. Then slowly move it up to vertical, probably increasing the angle a bit every few days. It has been fun putting it together and I will enjoy watching it fill out.
So how many plants did it take, well here is the full list: 1 x agave paryyi cream spike, 1 x agave utahensis, 2 graptosedum 'Mediterranean Mystery' , 3 x sedeveria lutescens, 6 x echeveria elegans, 3 x unknown graptopetalum, 8 x sempervivum virgils, 20 x sempervivum lively bug, 26 x sempervivum ciliosum and 145 saxifrages. So by my reckoning that's 225 plants, admittedly the saxifrages are a bit of a cheat, as it was 5 plants cut up, but as I had to plant each bit using my faithful needle nose tweezers I feel justified in counting them as individual plants!
Overall I am really happy, but sitting back, looking at it I noticed the pile of pots still full of plants. I realised I hadn't used the 15 echeverias FO-48 I had propped especially for the picture. I guess that explains why my collection of plants in pots never gets smaller. Anyone want a not hardy echeveria offset?