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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Loving Lewisias

Looking for another one of those plant lovers’ plants? Lewisias are a great choice to add to your plant beds providing you can create the right conditions. Although this lovely succulent is a perennial, I tend to look at them as an annual because creating the right conditions can be a bit tricky. So when one planted last year popped back up in the garden, I was ecstatic.

Whether it has enough oomph to blossom will be a tell-tale sign of its longevity. The one condition that is hard to get rid of in this neck of the woods is humidity. This is a succulent that loves low humidity so you can bet it is difficult to keep this perennial happy in sticky New England. It doesn’t stop me from still buying a few more each year. Here’s a quick link giving you some pointers on how to grow Lewisia.

So if you love this look of Lewisias, give them a go. Michael Jordan has a perfect quote to end this month of May. “If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” That sums up the life of a true gardener. Just think. Tomorrow we jump head first into June! That’s when everything in the flower garden can be at its best.

Images of Lewisias in the garden by Ann Bilowz

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