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.
|Coral aloe (Aloe striata)|
|Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’|
|Gasteria ‘Little Warty’|
|Cotyledon ‘Jingle Bells’. Not sure if this is a flower or a new set of leaves. |
It doesn’t look like either!
|Crown of thorns (Euphorbia millii)|
|Euphorbia tubiglans (I’m cheating with this photo because the plant is already blooming)|
|I get excited seeing even the tiniest hint of a bud, like on this Sulcorebutia arenacea|
|Another Mammillaria microhelia|
|Some of the buds have already opened|
No disrespect to people who love traditional spring-flowering annuals, but I think these are way cooler :-).