I wanted to watch birds–maybe take a photo, or ten–but the birds weren’t interested.  I’d heard them when I was inside, so came outside to watch.

The birds absconded from my garden.  They retired from their aerial runway for that evening.

As I sat, photographically dejected, I observed this Ghost plant, Graptopetalum paraguayense, charming rosettes all cheery and eager for attention, just a few feet away.

Succulent succulence.

There’s something pure spring about the green of this plant.  As I was pondering the lack of spring bird migration (that’s been a thing this year), I was rewarded with the company of these lush, friendly, spring-like plants.  Interestingly, Ghost plants show a range of coloring–green, to grey, to tinged with pink–depending upon sun exposure and time of year.  I grow quite a few ghosts, popped thoughtlessly in various pots around my garden; they’re stupidly easy to grow.

This crew sits in morning sun and next to a bench–the bench where I watch birds.

Or is it the bench where I appreciate ghosts?

Today, I’m joining in with Anna’s Wednesday Vignette for springtime, and all kinds, of musings.


19 thoughts on “Succulence

  1. Hmmm… the lack of bird migration adds to my sense of a thinning web…. Not good. But your little Ghost plants shine! They are super cute! If I had enough sun, I would grow them all over, too.


    • Yes, I’m a bit concerned about the thin migration, though it seems normal in other parts of the state. We’ve had lots of strong southerly winds, supposedly that can change migraion patterns. I’m missing some of the little birds that I only see during spring or fall, but our resident birds are picking up the slack. 🙂

      I liked the photo. It said SPRING! to me, so, yeah.

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  2. We have a few of these plants in the garden, but ours aren’t the springy green that you have. We have a more silvery look to ours. This time of year, I would rather have the spring colors, but in a few weeks I’ll be in the thick of the garden season and will appreciate the variety of green a lot more.


    • I have some that are grey, too. It really seems to depend upon where they’re located. I like the grey; it’s nice to have non-green foliage. Spring is all about the green…and blooms!


  3. This is such a pretty green. It reminds me of a certain green used in elegant glassware of the early 1900s. It often was combined with pink — green bowls with pink stems, for example — and called watermelon glass. These plant pastels are so interesting. They never look washed out or faded. Even though the color is light, it’s got a purity that I really like.


    • Isn’t it a pretty green and you’re so right!! I know that glass that you’re referring to and the green of the ghost plant reminded me of it. It’s such a nice green: rich, but soft and yes, it has a purity about it.

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  4. Succulents are fun to grow Tina; even if some fade away coming winter. Maybe the migration will be later this year? The robins and few others showed up very late here, which was good because there was nothing for them but very cold and snow.


  5. While succulence follows naturally from succulent, as do innocence from innocent and reticence from reticent, I’m not sure I’ve ever come across succulence till now.

    One could do worse than be an appreciator of ghosts.


    • Do both words (succulence and ghost plant) the word adequately describe this plant? Actually, this particular group are a bit greener than many of their kind, which are a ‘ghostly’ grey–also very pretty.


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