living gems

colorful succulents

succulent rainbow

Flowers aren’t the only way to bring color into the garden, and not all gems are precious stones. Pictured:

  • Graptosedum ‘Bronze’
  • Echeveria mazarine
  • Sedum adolphii
  • Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’
  • Senecio radicans
  • Graptopetalum titubans

Can you pick out each? All but one are members of family Crassulaceae.

A Jade Treasure

A DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

Jade Plant – Crassula ovata – Why I Treasure This Plant

I found this plant on the side of the road in Big Sur. There was a little sign that said ‘Free’ next to a pile of what looked like trash, and what looked like a potted jade plant actually turned out to be some broken jade branches in a broken pot. No soil, no roots. We decided to take the branches home to plant them properly. That was in the summer of 2006, and it was the first time my wife had ever been to Big Sur. Big Sur is truly a magical spot and one of my favorite places in the world. I wanted to show and share it with my future wife. We had been dating almost 2 years at that point and had just moved in together for the first time. This became one of the first plants we had at our new place. Over the past eight years it has grown thick and woody, and produced oodles of baby jade plants from the branches and leaves that have broken off. The memories of where it came from will forever be attached to where it is now, somehow creating a bridge between the past and the present.

These are the connections that help define us. These are the things that become treasures. Though not valuable in monetary terms, they become treasures for reasons that can’t be easily measured. And these are the most valuable treasures of all.

See more photos of Big Sur HERE