There's lots of new stuff here at Mr. B's, both inside and out; new plants, new collectibles and new growth. Let's start with the collectibles, which are an early 1900's blue and white stoneware mug, unmarked but probably from the Midwest; a 1940's cockatoo wall pocket, also unmarked; and a 1950's pot by Maddux, a California pottery that was located in Los Angeles.
|My 1st blue and white stoneware piece.|
|A beautiful wall pocket|
|An oh so 50's pot.|
Of course, new plants made their way into the house or garden, including red onions, sunflowers, African violets, Stapeliads and other succulents. I bought a package of 80 red onion starts from Wal-Mart for under $2 and planted some in blueberry bed and some in the peach planter and within a few days, the first green tops were poking up. I placed an order for 10 new Stapeliads from Mesa Garden in Belen, NM, but unfortunately for me and good for them, they've had so many orders that they were only able to provide six of the plants in my order.
|Red onions already pushing up after just a few days.|
|African violet I bought recently|
|Another AV, this one looks great in the Maddux pot.|
|Duvalia modesta, South Africa & Madagascar|
|Duvalia radiata, South Africa & Madagascar|
|Piaranthus comptus, South Africa & Madagascar|
|Piaranthus decipiens, South Africa & Madagascar|
|Huernia plowsii x zebrina|
|Euphorbia anoplia, Tanzanian Zipper Plant|
|Another bird cage turned into a planter|
|Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea'|
|Ledebouria socialis inflorescence|
|Sunflowers breaking through their new bed.|
And the existing plants are responding to the spring-like weather we've been enjoying by blooming, sprouting and generally acting like it's March.
|Hollyhocks getting ready to bloom.|
|Potatoes with lots of top growth.|
|Senecio radicans glauca flowers|
I revamped the succulent bed in the old water fountain by drilling drainage holes in it, then planted it with cuttings and pups from existing plants in the gardens.
A store that was closing in the mall near my house placed a listing on Craigslist offering free store fixtures and I managed to get a couple of acrylic display stands, which I'm using on the porch to display some of my succulents.