This is a hardy Sempervivum perennial which can be left outside in zone 6 area. It's been through snowstorm and hot & humid weather. It is extremely hardy and look what it rewards me this year. The flowers are not super pretty but I was surprised to it bloom. The other two are succulents I added this year and they are also easy to maintain. Just make sure they're in full sun, and just water a little bit when it's dry.
This is my beloved night-blooming cereus. It's currently in a bad shape because I left it in the cold too long. I think I moved it indoors at the end of October and the sudden drop in temperature caused most of the leaves to turn brown. Also the rainy weather in spring didn't help much and it didn't have a good start. It didn't have the perfect conditions to bloom like last year. Last year I had 7 beautiful blooms in one night and every time it booms it's an event. The blooms usually last for one night and the the flowers give off this heavenly scent that fills the whole deck. Check out the time elapsed video here, it really does open before your eyes, it's an amazing plant, don't let its look fool you!
After some serious deadheading, it doesn't look too bad! Please don't die on me!
Some cuttings for my colleague who happens to love gardening.
Gardeners from the west coast are used to seeing the Century plant, I've heard of this interesting plant but never seen it in real life. In my recent trip to Arizona, I saw many of them in bloom and it's one of the most interesting plant I've seen. Here are some interesting facts about this plant.
Century plant only blooms once in its lifetime, which is about 30 years. When it blooms, the stalk grows 5-6 inches a day. You can literally stand in front of the plant and watch it grow! Its flower stalk can reach 40 feet up in the air. The century plant uses all its energy to produce this once-in-its-lifetime bloom, and after it finishes blooming it dies. Another interesting fact about this plant is it provides native Americans a source of food, soap, fiber, medicine and weapons.
Close-up of the flowers:
Here's a century plant in Sedona, AZ: