Tonight another El Niño system is moving in, promising up to ½ inch of rain in the Sacramento Valley, but this past week has been perfect: gloriously sunny and unseasonably warm. In fact, Sacramento broke all kinds of temperature records yesterday (77°F).
This boost of heat was the proverbial kick in the behind our aloes needed. After languishing in limbo for weeks, the aloes in the desert bed outside the fence have finally started to switch to flowering mode. This is just the very beginning. With somewhat lower temperatures in the forecast, I’m hoping we’ll get to enjoy the blooms into March.
Let’s take a look at what’s happening.
Much needed floral cheer in this planting strip
Even the ‘Aristocrat’ pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’) in the backyard is playing along. This is the only time of year I like it.
The two yellowish orange aloes are ‘Moonglow’, a Sunbird Aloes hybrid
‘Erik the Red’ on the left, ‘Moonglow’ on the right, both from Sunbird Aloes
Aloe ‘Moonglow’ flowers up close
Wide view of the planting strip
Another Aloe ‘Moonglow’. I have three now. The one you saw earlier is the mother, the other two (this one included) are offsets.
This is my favorite section of this bed. The tall aloe on the left is Aloidendron ‘Hercules’.
Looking the other direction (west)
Aloe ferox on the right
The red aloe is Aloe cameronii
Aloe cameroniii and ‘Moonglow’ #3
Aloe ‘Moonglow’ #3 with a clump of Agave macroacantha
Next weekend I’ll check back on the aloes on the UC Davis campus.