So growing cacti and succulents isn't really a new thing for me. Even better, these plants are more forgiving and require less care so it's easy to become enamoured and attracted to collecting these.
As of last count, I have around 35 different kinds. I will feature them all on this blog in batches. And here's the first set.
Astrphytum ornatum var. marbellii
I was attracted to this cactus by its symmetrical, twisting shape. Only in cacti can you find such amazing living sculptures.
Echeveria 'black prince'
A friend gave this to me. I gave it some new soil towards the end of summer, and it rewarded me with a bunch of flowers.
I was intrigued by this one. It has short stems, from which these succulent leaves grow. It is a slow grower though. I thought it was dying when a couple of its old leaves dropped off, but some new ones are starting to come out.
I am not 100% certain that this is lithops (living stone cactus). The images I have seen on the net are flatter than the one pictured below. It does look intriguing though. They say that lithops are amongst the cacti that you can easily overwater, so try resist the urge to water this one as regular as when I give the others a drink.
And that's it for the first batch!