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Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 9, 2012 at 5:19pm

Hi everyone, here's a fun plant I got as a rooted cutting six years ago.  It's a curly form of Epiphyllum guatemalense that I grow outside on my patio where it gets winter sun and summer shade.  It's not the most beautiful plant in the world, but it IS sort of interesting. 

The blooms are NOT impressive at all!  They're small, dingy, and only open around 1-2 a.m. in the morning and then only for a couple of hours.  This is a plant to definitely grow for the foliage, LOL, and the interesting bright pink plum-sized fruit.  I hope you'll take a look and enjoy.  It's actually grown quite a bit for me, and it's one of the few Epiphyllums that doesn't mind our low humidity.

Happy gardening!

Grant

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 5, 2012 at 2:57pm

LOL, Thanks, Mary! 

Here's a silly little Mammillaria cactus blooming in a sloped garden area on the east side of my house.  Wilson pushed his way into the pic, but he gives a very good idea of size, so I let him in this one photo, LOL.  Such a cute little cactus with vibrant magenta red blooms.  Keep the pics and posts coming all! 

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!

 

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