Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’

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This morning I set out to find a bright and cheery photograph that might bring some colour to our day. But this soft and fuzzy echeveria called out to me.

I took this picture a few weeks back on my trip to speak at the Montreal Seed Fair. I first noticed the plant in the Botanical Gardens store and coveted it right away. The leaves are soft, plush and invite you to touch. There were even little pups growing alongside. I had to have it! But as my friend Gwynne remarked, “We can’t give in to all of our desires. Then where would we be?

And so as not to become a giant ball of id, I decided this was one botanical desire that would remain a nice memory.

On my second day at the Seed Fair, I ducked out for a bit and went into the cactus and succulent greenhouse. And there it was in a big mass of soft leaves and long, gnarled, messy stems.

I immediately made a beeline back to the store and bought it.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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7 thoughts on “Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’

  1. I would have bought it too. Do you know who the growers were? I would love to have one. Thanks for your article.

  2. As a giant ball of ID myself I applaud your purchase! I snatched up some darling little succulents at an indoor farmers market this weekends. WORTH IT!

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