I have had several ideas and photos for my next post. Instead of doing separate posts, I decided to combine all the photos together. It turns out that all of my topics create a little story. Here we go:

Once upon a time there was a very root bound Aloe plant (Aloe ciliaris).

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Magically this one Aloe plant became three…

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Tip: Don’t be afraid to break up plants that are root bound. In this scenario, I was able to identify three separate plants. I  carefully pulled the plants apart and potted them up.

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One of these Aloe plants made it into one of my custom succulent bowls that I made for a wedding present. My dear friends Nona and Grael recently got hitched in Tucson, AZ. Congratulations you two and super fun wedding! That means this succulent bowl traveled to the desert. A succulent homecoming of sorts.

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Nice message.

It rained in Tucson while we were there, and the desert was in bloom.

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The bloom on this Prickly Pear caught my attention in the parking lot of a gas station in between Tucson and Phoenix. Beauty is everywhere.

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What’s this and how does it connect with the rest of the story? This is Xerochrysum bracteatum also know as Strawflower.  Occasionally you will find a cactus in big box stores that have a Strawflower glued to the plant to make it look like it’s in bloom. Sometimes plastic flowers are glued to Cacti (that’s just wrong).

If you are going to grow a cut flower garden, you need this plant. I grew Strawflower easily from seed, and these blooms are still intact from two seasons ago.

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Beautiful cut flower that’s easy to grow. For the seeds, just pull apart the dried flower and this is what you will find:

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The end. Happy growing!

 

 

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