Bloom Day November 2018
Aloe zubb, yellow flowered version
The Aloes seem late this year. A very dry last winter and an extra long and hot summer may be the cause.
Emerging stems on A. thraskii
After taking the summer off, Aloe aff. melanacantha is flowering again.
As for other succulents, there goes the big Agave marmorata. The flower stem may reach 20' (6 m) in height
Senecio vitalis does not have the prettiest flowers, so I am always tempted to take them off, but multiple pollinators love them, so they will remain where they are.
Though planted just last year, these Kalanchoes are blooming already. Still, the tall spikes are fun and change the area with their sudden height.
As for other African and Australian plants, Protea 'Pink Ice' is in its leap year, with an extended bloom period and many more flowers than its first three years.
Seedling of 'Yellow Bird' Leucospermum, you have taken over and are spilling out of a 4 x 4 (122cm x 122 cm) bed. When are you going to flower?
Flower? Or yet more growth?
Grevillea 'Kings Fire' looks awful. Yet it blooms. What am I doing wrong? All the leaves are brown.
Very different is Grevillea 'Coastal Gem', purchased and planted in January 2012, still looking pristine nearly seven years on. Nonstop bloomer.
South African Gazanias. These are seedlings that came up from last year's plants. You see them a lot here in mass plantings as a ground cover. I prefer individual plants here and there, pulling them when they look tired and healthy new seedlings appear to replace the old ones.
Some of them look hand-painted, the lovely things.
Garvinea Gerbera with Drakensberg Daisy and rose 'Rouge Royale
These took the hottest part of summer off. Sweet to see them again.
Roses looking pretty good again.
Still a few Hemerocallis flowers. The weather has been warm
Mexico/Southwestern plants like Leucophyllum
Cuphea 'Vermillions', which the hummingbirds are starting to feed from
Tagetes lemonii, which all sorts of bees love.
Tree Arbutus 'Marina', blooming in its pot
Patio sized tree Metrosideros 'Springfire', blooming in the ground
My garden focuses on nearly year-round bloomers that feed hummingbirds, so Bloom Day unfortunately tends to be repetitive. Not great fodder for Bloom Day posts, but great for hummingbirds.