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Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 4, 2012 at 6:08pm

B-U-T-FUL!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 4, 2012 at 10:19am

LOL, thanks, Mary! 

Just for fun, here's a fun contrast in colors (royal blue and orange) and plants (succulent aloe and leafy wildflowers):  a "coral aloe" (Aloe striata) and some "desert bluebells" (Phacelia campanularia) blooming on the east side of my house.  Both are painfully easy to grow and bloom, so getting blooms is not something to boast about, but their beauty sure is.  I hope you'll take a look and enjoy everyone.  Happy gardening indoors or out! 

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 3, 2012 at 8:34am

Very nice aloe blooms, Grant. Thanks for sharing. This is where I get my 'Aloe flower fix!'

(I'm keeping an eye on my notocactus, as I'm seeing some bloom swelling going on. So I may be posting more pics!)

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 3, 2012 at 8:22am

I keep coming back to this group to re-view your Notocactus, Mary, LOL, it's so pretty!  Thanks again for sharing it with us. 

We're in the middle of Aloe Season here, which lasts from November through May or so.  Here are two pics of just some of the many aloes blooming in my little garden.  The first is "coral aloe" (Aloe striata) which is one of my all time favorites.  I love the white stripe along the leaf edge (that turns coral orange in winter) and I love the abundant blooms.  This one is producing three big bloom scapes this year. Wilson the tennis ball is in the pics to show relative sizes.

Here's another small growing, clumping aloe, the hybrid 'Blue Elf' which is extremely popular here as a landscape and container plant.  It produces big clumps that make a big flush of blooms in late winter, like now, and then occasional random blooms all spring, summer and autumn.

Most of my coral aloes get afternoon shade here, but I grow the 'Blue Elf' in full, hot sun, and they love it.  Hope you enjoy.

Keep the fun pics, comments, and updates coming, everyone,

Happy gardening, Grant

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 1, 2012 at 6:06pm

Thanks Birdie and Mary. 

 

Mary, your notocactus bloom is lovely!  I really, really like that color!  Thanks for sharing it!

Happy gardening everyone!

Grant

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 1, 2012 at 2:52pm

Nice pics, Grant!

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 1, 2012 at 2:51pm

Here is a pic of one of the notocactus flowers. Hopefully the rest will bloom! ;-)

Comment by Birdie Bauer on March 1, 2012 at 12:18pm

Great pictures Grant! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 1, 2012 at 12:01pm

Hi everyone,

Just for fun, here's a couple of pics of my Kleinia fulgens in bloom this week.  I've had this plant for four years now and it blooms reliably each mid-winter.  It used to be classified as a Senecio, which if you're familiar with those plants shouldn't be a surprise as the blooms are very Senecio-looking. 

In any case, it's a neat, low-care leafy succulent.  I grow it outside year round on my covered patio where it gets sunshine in the morning and shade in the afternoon, and water once every week or ten days.  The blooms (to me) are quite a fun surprise compared to the foliage. 

 

The second pic show the whole plant with a nice looooong stem with two rosettes of foliage at the top, plus a small new rosette forming at the bottom by Wilson the tennis ball, included as a size comparison.

Nice cactus pic, John, thanks for sending it in.  I love the flower buds and the nice colorful tiles too. 

Happy gardening everyone, keep the pics and updates coming!

Grant

 

Comment by John Jardin – zone 9 on February 29, 2012 at 10:52pm

Hello Everyone,

I know I've been absent quite a while.  I had travel duties, and lots of spring cleaning.  I also battled a bad flu bug!

Just wanted to say 'hi' and let you know I have to travel again in a couple of days.  But after a week, I'll be back to share and ogle over your great succulent and cactus images!

Take care until then, John

 

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