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Thanks for commenting on 'Hercules' and the variegated crown of thorns, Mary, I appreciate it. Just for fun here's a pic of two Mammilaria cacti blooming away this week under my 'Lisbon' lemon tree. Wilson the tennis ball included to show size. Happy gardening all!
WoW! Hercules is a monster! Your variegated crown of thorns is really nice! Thanks for sharing.
Hi everyone, just for fun, here's a pic of a variegated crown of thorns Euphorbia (E. milii) that I grow year round on my patio where it gets winter sun and summer shade. This one was a chance mutation among several cuttings. I like the random splatters on the leaves.
And here's a pic of the hybrid Aloe 'Hercules' in my back garden. It has more than doubled in height and is now six feet (2 meters) tall. Wilson the tennis ball included to show size. I hope you'll take a look and enjoy. I'm looking forward to seeing *your* pics and updates too, fellow C&S lovers! Happy gardening!
Epiphyllum? Sad! LOL!
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.
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!
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!
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!)
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
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