Friday, March 27, 2015

March Madness | Orange Kiwi Aeonium


Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” ~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Spring Changes

Does everything look like a basketball this time of year? In my garden, a dimpled anole molting is the texture of a basketball. The succulent, Kiwi Aeonium is turning orange. Hiding among a flower pot planted with Kiwi Aeonium and sedum is this Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis). The skin texture is similar to a basketballs texture. It looks as though she is molting.

Spring Fever and March Madness

Spring fever for a horticulturist and March Madness for a basketball fan is the perfect time to start placing winter protected pots back into the garden in a hardiness zone 8 climate. Remain cognizant, late freezes can still occur. Keep garden blankets easily accessible. It is safe to expect an end to freezes by March 15.


The Kiwi Aeonium will turn orange as it is exposed to more sunshine. This drought tolerant 

succulent forms rosettes with yellow blossoms.

Fun fact

The dimples in a basketball are actually called pebbles and there are 4118 of them in the average 

basketball. If you have a team in the playoffs, good luck.

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