(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

Rosa 'Brass Band'
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I drove out yesterday to get another shot of this hellstrip, only to see the Aloes were blooming.  Surprise!
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The Aloes are blooming at home, too.  This one is off and on, summer or winter.  I can't remember the species at the moment.  It starts with an "m":
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Cameronii waking up after resting all summer:
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And maybe-Ferox continues to progress.  We're expecting 60-80 mph winds in the next day or two.  I hope the still-soft flower stems don't snap off.   
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The tippy-tops of the Agave towers are finally opening, so open blooms may be imminent .   These guys, I think, can survive the wind.   I know the roses will not. 
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Comments

  1. Such a beautiful rose and the aloes are also lovely. I am trying to find an aloe which has orange/apricot flowers, no luck so far.
    Happy gardening my friend!
    xoxoxo ♡

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  2. I like that hellstrip! Looks so alive and verdant, yet, spiky. I hope your Santa Ana (and our resultant cold wave) are not as bad as forecast. Great photos, words or not.

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  3. dianne, here's a suggestion, google on "an introduction to aloe flowers davesgarden"; there will be 4 or 5 articles that survey a LOT of different aloe flowers...hopefully that will help you find one you like!

    Desert, I like that hellstrip a lot too, though I think long term it might be a problem as those Aloes (arborescens, I think) grow taller and taller as they do here. I would have gone with an aloe that will stay shorter, but I tend to take the long term view, and not everyone needs to do that...

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  4. Thank you for your advice dear Hoover. :-)
    xoxoxo ♡

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  5. Hoov, the wind has already started here in Napa Valley, I noticed it kicking up around 10ish this morning..after a classic 2 days of tule fog.Damn, I love those blooms-it's about time for me to head up to UC Berkeley botanical garden for the winter Aloe viewing..

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  6. Those aloes are breathtaking. I put aloes out by the street in front of our house, and they were pretty for a few years, until they got mites. I like nothing better than blooming aloes in the hellstrip. Thanks for the pick-me-up!

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