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My S.O. has frequently pointed out that I am a pretty easy person to make happy.
“Seriously. Pies, fancy rocks, plants, that’s it. You’re like living with some kind of tiny apartment faerie.”
Normally I protest, and then realize that I’m drinking milk and honey out of a jar, braiding string, bundling herbs, or doing something else that gives me extremely little room to claim this isn’t an accurate comparison. I tell him to be happy he didn’t end up with a dullahan or nuckelavee instead.
(If I had to, I’d much rather be a dullahan. An apartment dullahan probably wouldn’t be sated with pastries, flowers, and shiny things, though, so I get where he’s coming from.)
All this is to say that I have basically filled our apartment with plants. I keep saying “Okay, this is the last one!” — but there’s always room for one or two (or, in this case, three) more. When I saw some of the succulents listed by the Etsy seller ExoticSucculent, I couldn’t resist. I love lithops, I love echeveria, and when I saw this gorgeous blue echy hybrid, how could I say no?
I wasn’t really sure about ordering plants online, but, for their prices, I figured it was worth the risk. I haven’t been able to find a lithops for love nor money in any garden center I’ve been in, and succulents tend to travel pretty well, so I bit the bullet and clicked “Add to cart.”
Much to my surprise, it didn’t take long at all for the plants to arrive. I placed my order on April 26th, and it was here by the 29th. The plants were packaged well, too — each one was neatly potted in dry soil, and individually wrapped and cushioned with newsprint to keep plant and soil in place. Echeveria species have a natural dusty coating on their leaves (it’s part of what gives many varieties their gorgeous, soft colors) that rubs off if you look at it too hard and will inevitably take a few dings in transit, but mine is beautiful and very healthy nonetheless.
I also received a bonus plant as part of a promotion the seller was running until the end of April. I’m not sure what it is (if I had to guess, I’d say sempervivum) but it was just as well packaged as the lithops and the echeveria. I love the unusual cottony tips on the leaves — I’m thinking of picking up another echy and a sedum to arrange with it!