Above, Aloe capitata var. quartzicola, pink with stress, too young to bloom.
Brilliant sunshine and warmth the next couple of days (high 60s F, ~20 C) , but the exciting news is RAIN expected on TUESDAY. I shut off garden irrigation the first week of December; we got about one half inch of rain since then, but Tuesday promises at least double that--thank goodness, because the garden is very dry.
Aloe capitata, red with stress instead of pink. It's thirsty. Tuesday, honey. Tuesday.
Afternoon light hit the leaves in such a way as to flood the flesh with glowing energy, like living stained glass.
The flowers on Aloe ferox look a little beat-up. It's thirsty, too. Tuesday, honey, Tuesday. Hang in there...
Aloe cameronii in its extraordinary winter color, behind Yucca 'Bright Star':
A fabulous show this year from Aloe thraskii. If you look at photos of this Aloe in its native South Africa, you can see it growing in sand, on beaches above the high-tide line. The flowers are just about to open. In past years, as they opened, either warblers or orioles picked off and ate every single flower, so in this garden they are at peak beauty before their peak bloom.
And Aloe vanbalenii, which flowers do not get eaten by orioles and warblers.
I'm seeing pretty well again, so can garden again, (with frequent rest breaks). It's time to cut back the roses, an easier job this year since I removed so many in 2015 because of the drought. Still plenty of them in the garden, and hours spent today wrestling with 'Crepuscule', which needed considerable removal of twiggy old growth and retying back on to the fence. January may be Aloe month, but roses rule many other months. Clip clip, and anticipate Tuesday. Rain! Rain! We're waiting!