I haven't posted in a while, and this is because I have been spending my succulent-related time (1) reading about succulents and (2) messing around on Instagram. If you're not on Instagram yet, what are you waiting for? Check out my Instagram account here. Sure, the app makes it easy to oversaturate photos and Hipsterize your succulent pics into oblivion. But it's also super fun, and a great way to check out other people's plant photos (especially photos from other countries). Are all of you on Instagram already, or am I late to the party?
On Facebook, something called the "Gardeners' Photo Challenge" has been making the rounds. The idea was to post five plant photos per day from your garden, for five days in a row. I thought I'd share some of my own favorite contributions here.
A few friends have posted on my Facebook page about a new video game, the purpose of which is to "take care of" fake electronic succulents. You can check it out here. (And lest you think you're off the hook, you can kill these digital plants by overwatering, too.)
Has anyone played this? It's kind of like that tamagotchi phenomenon, where people take care of electronic pets. I find this kind of thing half bizarre and half hilarious.
In general, I like banana slugs (or at least, I like them a lot better than other slugs). They remind me that I live in the redwoods, they provide UC Santa Cruz with a delightful mascot, and they add color to the backyard. I never find them on my succulents... until the other day, when I found not one, but two, of them conspiring to eat my crassula deceptor and my crassula columnella.
While it was admittedly a little gross to pick them off, at least they were unsubtle in their advances. I'll take these guys over mealy bugs any day of the week.
I took a few shots of some gorgeous blooms last time I went to the Stanford Arizona Garden. I find something new every time I go there!