31th October, 2014

Hello!
While not the most endearing or friendly plants, cacti are one of nature's true wonders.

They are highly evolved succulents that have adapted themselves to endure the harsh conditions of full sunlight and drought. The spines are actually evolved leaves, that perform more than the function of warding off herbivores and other pests. They provide some shade as protection from the sun, and also reduce water loss enabling the plant to survive in dry, arid conditions.

Now, some might say that cacti are simply spikey ball shaped plants or paddles that you can't touch, are a pain to repot and are generally just unattractive. Well, that may be true, however sometimes the most plain and unassuming cactus produces the most magnificent flowers! This is why I love them, and collect them, because with just a little bit of care an attention, every spring my cactus collection comes to life and rewards me with brilliant yellows, pinks, magentas and oranges.

Until next time, cheers
Petra

 

18th October, 2014

Hello and welcome!
Wow! These plants never fail to amaze me. They are commonly knows as Ice Plants or Pigfaces, when not in bloom they are a clump of worm-looking fleshy leaves trailing over rocks, hanging over the edge of retaining walls or trimmed into neat little bushes. If you walk past one, you probably wouldn't turn and look again...until it flowers!

Oranges, reds, yellows, purples, pinks, white, their daisy-like flowers will cover their foliage and suddenly an average rock garden is bursting with colour! They are fantastic plants, because they are hardy and drought-tolerant, so perfect for Aussie gardens, they can be pruned or allowed to trail, and demand little attention.

So perhaps, consider these pretty plants for your garden, because come spring, they will not dissappoint!

Until next time, cheers
Petra

 

11th October, 2014

Hello and welcome!
After many weeks of work, Petra's Pot Plants is finally online! I absolutely love the colour schemes, boxes and picture carousels, squiggles and lettering. With my mediocre html skills, I certainly would have never made it this far, so thank you to my awesome web developer!

I have always loved these plants. When I was given my first cactus as a gift, I immediately thought I wish I had more. As the years went by, my collection of cacti and succulents continued to grow until I was running out of space on my mother's front porch. I then began to scatter offcuts and fallen leaves under the rose bushes, and lo-and-behold they kept growing! I'd forget to water them, and yet they thrived - perfect!

I never thought of myself as a green-thumbed gardener, but then, you really don't need to be as these plants will stay happy with only occasional attention and pampering. Planting a few short stems, even without roots with eventually yield a basket-full of fleshy leaves, a garden of bright yellows, reds and even blues, and the best part is spring, when they surprise you with spectacularly bright coloured flowers.

So why not look around and see if something catches your eye. Happy browsing!

Petra