Kalanchoe luciae is monocarpic: it blooms once, then dies. I was preparing to pull the plants in my garden that recently bloomed, but look: plantlets in the leaf joints.
I hope I can pop each plantlet out and get it to root, if the plantlets are viable and not already programmed to bloom themselves. I've not seen this particular plantlet phenomenon before--the last and only time a K. luciae bloomed in the garden, it was in a pot where it was underwatered and hungry for nutrients. After bloom it quickly died, though it did spawn some offsets at its base. These offsets, which got places in rich soil unquestionably to their liking, have proved more enthusiastic about propagating themselves.
Huh. How 'bout that?
Then there's the first rose of the year. (The Souvenir de la Malmaison that hasn't stopped blooming for three years doesn't count.)
Glorious 'Golden Celebration':
Finally, I happened to notice how the paint color on the gate complements the winter colors of Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'. Lovely!
How 'bout that?
April 16, 2016: Kalanchoe update here.