How's Aloe Hercules, And Aloes Blooming In Late June


 Aloe 'Hercules' that spent many years languishing in a pot has grown well in the ground.  He's about six feet tall.  
Aloe brevifolia finishing up its flowers in the foreground:
The other Aloe 'Hercules', purchased at the same time but got into the ground several years earlier, has grown...weller.  Twelve feet tall?  Multiple branches, but no flowers yet. 
 Eventually 'Hercules' may block our view of the distant hills from the front balcony.  And eventually bloom, too. 
In the meantime,  'Cynthia Gitty' is starting up again.  Golden A. megalacantha continues as well. 
 A. dhufareinsis is opening.  This is its first bloom ever.  It has a bit of fungal infection--not threatening, just disfiguring. 
 A. x noblis.  A goal is to have at least one Aloe in bloom year round.  I should start tracking that. 
 Hey, that's not an Aloe!  It is native to South Africa, though, a hot spot for Aloes.  Oscularia deltoides is fabulous foaming out of a pot, but not if I grow it.  Dried up in a pot, mine happiest in the ground. 
 That's not an Aloe, either, but its...Aloe colored.  Is that close enough?
 

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  1. Both your big and small aloe Hercules look glorious!! If only we can give them free root run like you could...

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    1. They seem to be putting out a wide root system; I wonder how big the roots will eventually be.

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  2. So stunning to see what beauty your garden brings. It must bring you a living in paradise feeling every single day.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Flowergreatings Marijke

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    1. I feel very fortunate every day to see the birds and the flowers and the sunlight on the trees. It is wonderful to have a garden. Happy roses, Marijke.

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  3. Your aloes are looking great as always! The earlier-planted 'Hercules' is certainly living up to it's name! Aloe dahliahensis?

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    1. Or Dahlia aloerensis? :) I'm thinking those 'Hercules' need googly eyes, like your cloud-pruned conifer.

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  4. Your 'Hercules' (both of them) look better than any I've seen elsewhere. My own A. brevifolia don't want to bloom at all but perhaps I need to release them from their enclosure in a pot. As to the Oscularia, I agree - they do much better in the ground.

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    1. Here A. brevifolia did not bloom for like 10 years--it was only given water that they did. They can look great on no water at all, but flowers take some H2O.

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    2. So it's not just my absymal neglect of potted Oscularia? Yay!

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  5. I think that's a worthy and do-able goal to have aloes in bloom year-round -- go for it! I went for a long walk yesterday and saw so many aloes in bloom all over town, probably x nobilis.

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    1. I just like the hummingbird fights.

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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE your Herculeses. Mine is about 6 ft tall but has slowed down after I reduced the amount of water it gets.

    I've never seen an Aloe dhufarensis in flower. You must be excited!

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    1. It is advised not to water 'Hercules' at all (winter rain only). I cut off the supply to the big one. The small one's supply is limited by the Dymondia surrounding it. I love 'Hercules', just am wondering how big they will get how fast.

      Dhufy has a good flower--it has a white cast to it. I need to get a close up photo.

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