Thursday, March 8, 2012

Succulents getting ready to bloom

For many gardeners, flowering annuals like primroses and pansies are the archetypical harbingers of spring. For me, it’s spring-blooming succulents. On a quick walk through the garden today, I found buds on quite a few of my succulents. They should be in full bloom by the time the official start of spring (March 20) rolls around.

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Coral aloe (Aloe striata)
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Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’
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Pachyveria glauca
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Graptoveria ‘Opalina’
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Gasteria ‘Little Warty’
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Kalanchoe pumilis
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Cotyledon ‘Jingle Bells’. Not sure if this is a flower or a new set of leaves.
It doesn’t look like either!
                                                                                                                                   
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Crown of thorns (Euphorbia millii)
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Euphorbia mauritanica
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Euphorbia tubiglans (I’m cheating with this photo because the plant is already blooming)
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I get excited seeing even the tiniest hint of a bud, like on this Sulcorebutia arenacea
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Mammillaria microhelia
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Another Mammillaria microhelia
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Some of the buds have already opened

No disrespect to people who love traditional spring-flowering annuals, but I think these are way cooler :-).

2 comments:

  1. The growth on the Cotyledon ‘Jingle Bells’ has a strong resemblance to an Inch Worm!

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  2. Great looking succulents Gerhard! I like flowering succulents as they always convey warmth and vibrancy, knowing that most of them does originate on warmer area. And speaking of flowering succulents I just noticed the other day our Aloe plicatilis is also about to flower :)

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