Now it’s survival of the fittest: see who can make it through the San Francisco winter on a northeast facing ledge.
Variables in my favor:
they are covered from rain by my building’s cornice,
downtown San Francisco is a bit of a heat island and only rarely dips below 40f (5c),
the more typical winter lows are around 50f, and
the position gets 2 hours of direct sun each day, and several hours of bright reflected sun from the glass on the building across the street.
at least some of these plants are rather difficult to grow, specifically the mesembs and the Bulbine (5, top left). These are “schedule” plants that have very specific seasonal watering calendars.
All of them would probably love at least a little more light. Some really need significantly more. Again, I’m looking at the mesembs, the Bulbine and the Anacampseros rufescens.
I picked up most of these at the November meeting of the SF Succulent and Cactus Society from featured growers Dana Gardner and Russell Wagner. It always amazes me how generous the expert growers in the Society are when they sell plants.
I’ll do proper entries with species names later when I pot them up for presentation.