Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mostly Aloe Flowers Sunday



Above, Aloe greatheadii 

Flowers for Sunday.  Echeveria 'Pollux':

 
 Leucadendron 'Blush', maybe.
 Still not sure if Aloe marlothii has produced one enormous candelabra, or two regular sized.
 Aloe vanbalenii greened up considerably after our one good rain the first week of January. 
 Aloe capitata
 Wins the "Most Adorable Aloe Flower" award every single year.
Bad hair day as the flowers complete and begin to dry out 
 Aloe cameronii
 Aloe striata.  To the left of the Aloe,  Oscularia deltoides is just beginning to do what I intended it to do--drape over and cover some of those gawdawful blocks.

 Back on January 26th, a 'Blue Glow' Agave started sending up its flower stem:
 Eleven days later...

As for you four...
 ...don't you dare!

18 comments:

  1. Yep, we're agreed on most adorable aloe flower award. Your agaves and aloes are stunning. 11 days is incredible for a stalk that size! I don't know if that's normal or not (I haven't had any of mine bloom yet, thankfully), but I think it's impressive.

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    1. Yes, that's quite normal; when they set out to bloom, they really go to it. The stalk will get to size and then it will slow down somewhat--takes the flowers time to form and open.

      Aloe capitata is a really choice Aloe, I recommend it.

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  2. So many beautiful Agaves and Aloes. Favourite photo is the one of the Aloe marlothii with the many, many flowerbuds, wonderful!

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    1. The marlothii is becoming huge. It was 15 cm wide when I bought it, now at least 1.5 m!

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  3. My aloes are all sad looking, it really gets too cold for them here. Yours look great with their flowers. And the agave Blue Glow bloom looks like it will be very impressive... I don't think I've seen one of those in bloom before.

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    1. This is the 2nd 'Blue Glow' event. The 1st began in March 2013; I harvested bulbils from it in January 2014, so it's quite a process!

      Sunroom for the Aloes in winter? They can handle some cold, but only if dry, dry, dry, which unfortunately we have plenty of. :( There I go, whining about the drought again.

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  4. Your aloes are definitely 2-3 weeks ahead of ours. Nice to see your flowers!

    I'm getting the first Aloe capitata flower ever. From a plant that gets virtually no sun in the winter because it's on the north side of the house.

    How old are your 'Blue Glow'. It's sad to see one of them go.

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    1. That is about the oldest survivor--got it as a 4" or 1 gallon back around '08, something like that. Used to be able to find 4" BGs for $5. Those were the days!

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  5. The 'Blue Glow' agaves are so tidy -- as is the budded bloom stalk. Do the florets open from the bottom up, or vice versa?

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    1. From the bottom up. This particular Agave has a difficult time setting seed, and at the top of the stalk will produce a relative few plantlets (bulbils). It doesn't offset much if at all. Hence, a higher price at the Agave store.

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  6. You have a beautiful collection of Aloes! It must be a little disconcerting to see 'Blue Glow' produce a flower stalk - I have 12 of that agave, most purchased in small sizes but within months of each other and I know the day may come that they all get on the bloom train at the same time.

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    1. The first one produced a couple of dozen very slow-growing plantlets (bulbils), but I'm still grateful. Such a beauty. Yes, they will all go, but glory in the meantime!

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  7. Love the Aloe marlothii blooms -- such bold, dark stems!

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    1. It's a "statement" plant, and the flower display has become a yearly thrill. The stem color is like stained and polished wood, it glows.

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  8. Blue skies here. Did the clouds come your way? I did my best. The "candelabra" is too beautiful for words.

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    1. I appreciate the thought with all my heart! Not yet, but you never know. Good thoughts have great power.

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    1. Some grow-able in the Portland area! :)

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