Aloe flowers are slow to open this year because of seasonal temperatures--we may suffer another dry winter, but we're at seasonal averages instead of enduring one wretched heat wave after another. Refreshing, and a relief.
'Cinco de Mayo'
While looking forward to Aloe flowers, I'm enjoying the roses.
'The Poet's Wife'
The Gomphrena 'Fireworks' flowers last and last. I debate nearly every day whether or not it's time to to cut it back or pull it. A jarring combination with Euphorbia turicallii--so jarring it makes me laugh.
Ah, there's an Aloe! This is 'Grassy Lassy', a Kelly Griffin hybrid that a neighbor gave me because it would not bloom. For several years, it didn't bloom for me, either. Then it suddenly started and has been at it ever since. Plants: they do what they do.
'The Ambridge Rose'
'Easy Does It', with a touch of drizzle:
Tired of 'Firefighter'? Sorry, I'm not.
Aloe ferox is sending up flowers. They'll be open in a few weeks. The Agave marmorata in front of the Aloe will flower soon--spring, perhaps. Observe how the center of the plant is beginning to display smaller, shorter leaves. It indicates the plant is shutting down foliage production and preparing to bloom.
Also anticipating spring is the new Leucospermum, 'Spider'. A single slightly misshapen flower on a baby plant, just preparing to open--a few days yet until the orange pollen presenters appear--but still worth examining. Diane of the excellent blog Elephant's Eye on False Bay, who has the privilege of gardening in the Fynbos where Leucospermums are native, commented that fuzzy foliaged Leucospermums are to be found on the sunny side of Table Mountain, the north(!) side, with smooth foliage plants on the shady (south) side.
'Bishop's Castle's flowers are larger and fuller in these cooler days than they are in summer heat.
Autumn color, California style--the neighbor's Bougainvillea forming the bokeh background.
Also with striking blue flowers, the California native Tricostemna lanatum. I did not know Hummingbirds feed from the flowers until I saw a pair of male birds fighting over the plant.
Aloe thraskii flowers, seemed imminent for weeks, but just now opened--bees quickly surround the flowers. Slower to open is fine; seasonal temperatures are wonderful. No need to rush.
May Dreams hosts Bloom Day on the 15th of every month.