Hot spells remind me of bobbing in the surf at the edge of the sea--a big wave approaches, you see it coming, you hope you can stay above it until it spends itself on the sand. You get past that wave...then wait for the next big wave. Hot spells mean being stuck indoors. Distractions are required.
This weekend's distraction was a local CSS Show/Sale. This particular show/sale is all about sale. The show is mere token. Something sad about that.
Show photos by Beloved. Blogger in shopping mode:
Hmm. I missed these Aloes when looking for A. vaombe, though the search was casual. Focused on pots, not plants this time.
I can ID some of the cactus now by sight. That's a step forward. Notocactus magnifica...uh, maybe. Mammillaria plumosa!
The so-called "moon cactus". The colorful portion is a mutant Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, grafted onto a green Hylocereus stem. The Gymnocalycium produces no chlorophyll and therefore cannot survive on its own. The Hylocereus roots provide nutrients. Eventually the graft fails because the Hylocereus outgrows the scion. Never saw the attraction, myself, but they sell.
Peety Pots: I got the one indicated by the red arrow.
This was pretty much the entire show. It's an exhibition rather than show--no judging. Pretty plants.
Hmm...what's that Aloe there in the lower left...no, hey, now stop it with the shopping!
Back at home, I got old plants into new pots on the shady patio. Repotting can be a messy process. Canning tongs inside an orange silicon dollar-store potholder are useful for repotting spiny cactus. The blooming Aloe will go into the pot to its right when done blooming.
Add Aloe deltoideodontea 'Sparkler' to the list of summer-bloomers:
Four new pots. A clustering Agave victoriae-reginae, a neglected Aloe krapholiana, Echinopsis 'Charlemagne', Echinopsis open pollinated seedling.
Just about to get back inside because it's 90F even on the shaded patio, one notes that the small potted Cycas revoluta has a new crop of foliage.
We feel like our plants these days, curling up, closed off, hunkering down to avoid the sun.
Natasha knows exactly what to do. Find a cool spot and relax.
I did brave the broil to try another shot of the first Ratibida flower. The rays have developed and colored. The actual flowers are those little yellow dots.