I promise I won't use the 's' word again but now that I have captured your attention, let me tell you a visit to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens on Mount Coot-tha in the springtime will delight you.
Walking through the succulents on a bright spring day, I came across amazing plants which were bursting into flower in the most graphic, suggestive and life-affirming way.
Succulents are not the kind of plants that demand much attention and often do not generate much of a wow factor. They spend an awful lot of time just being there - about as exciting as watching paint dry! So I am changing your perceptions with these lovely images of them because this is the time in the year when they spring to life in ways which surprise. They are after all the plants of this lucky continent that, like it or not, do better and are tipped to be the survivors in this ever-changing and slightly drier climate that we are experiencing.
There are free guided tours at the Botanic Gardens that you can join on a daily basis. Go here.
You can read up a little more about Arid plants here.
There are programs for the school holidays and children and also for grown-ups here.
You can easily grow these in your garden, they need minimal care and water but often grow into impressive statuesque plants. I recently had the opportunity to visit Paul Perrett's garden in Ashgrove, where a large number of these succulents are thriving in various forms, sizes and directions.
The tiniest pink flower appearing.
How can you not love the variety, splashes of colour and amazing shapes succulents take!