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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

Comment by Barb Z-7b Okla on February 25, 2012 at 3:18pm

Hi Freddy!! I have seen them named both. depends on the photo U look at.. I did place in a lot of bigger rocks in the bottom and more gravel and in the soil too. so it is anchored well. this is a plastic pot but most of my taller cactus are in clay pots, azalia pots I believe. bigger mouthed but also lower to the ground than the normal clay pot.. Some are tall,  at 3', so they are in a more stable clay pot.. They are stil at the ex's and doing OK inside by a east window.. Thanks for the advice on them.. They are neat.. I never had them in the sun, but they like dappled sun well enough and grow better..  

Comment by Freddy J. Hill on February 25, 2012 at 2:11pm

Barb, that is a Pachypodium, probably geayi, or another similar one that has a thin red margin along the leaves when in bright sun, this second form is the most prolific, but can't think of the name.  They can go dormant and drop all the leaves during dry winters, but mine seem to hang on to some leaves no matter what.  I've seen many grow 8ft tall with a 2inch trunk if left in the same pot for a long time.  Any future repotting you should consider possible change to a larger pot for more stability, and put a small amount of larger gravel in the bottom for an anchor.  Pot size looks about the right size.  the other version with the thin margin of red (almost invisible), I believe is lamereii, if the spelling is correct.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on February 24, 2012 at 5:48pm

Great job repotting that Madagascar palm, Barb, it looks great!  You're right that over-watering is a real threat to them.  I've definitely done it in the past, LOL, although my current plant on my patio has done great for a couple of years now that I hold back on the watering can, LOL.  I know you know, but someone reading along might not, that Madagascar palms aren't even palms, but they get that name from the way they grow a tuft of leaves at the top, like a palm tree.  Technically they're not even cacti, but succulents, but they sure have the spines of a cactus don't they?!!  Yours is really, really nice!  Thanks for sharing your plant, and your technique, with us.  :)  

 

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