Monday, February 18, 2019

...which of these aloes is the prettiest of all?

Mirror mirror on the wall, which of these aloes is the prettiest of all?

"All of them," would be a good answer. Or, "that changes daily." Or, "depends on the mood I'm in."

My answer is even more diplomatic: I'll let you be the judge!

Below are most of the aloes in our garden that are in bloom, very close, or at the tail end.

Aloe marlothii, flowering for the first time ever. It looks like the flowers will be more yellow than red, which is what I was hoping for.


Aloe marlothii

Aloe 'Tangerine', a hybrid between Aloe ferox and Aloe arborescens. Flowering for the first time as well. It's been a fast grower for me.

Aloe excelsa, almost there

Aloe arborescens 'Variegata'. It flowers every year. The huge clump of regular Aloe arborescens behind it is much older and has never produced even a single flower. I'm very close to replacing it with another shrubby aloe that is more floriferous.

Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 1 of 3

Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 1 of 3

Aloe 'Moonglow'

Aloe excelsaAloe 'Moonglow' clump 1 of 3

Aloe ferox

Aloe ferox (and Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea') in sunshine

LEFT: Aloe petricola almost done flowering   RIGHT: Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 2 of 3

Aloe petricola

LEFT: Aloe petricola  RIGHT: Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 2 of 3

LEFT: Aloe petricola  RIGHT: Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 2 of 3

Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 2 of 3

Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 2 of 3

Aloe wickensii

Aloe wickensii

Aloe wickensii

Aloe petricola, Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 2, Aloe wickensii

Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 1, Aloe ferox, Aloe petricola, Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 2, Aloe wickensii, Aloe capitata, Aloe glauca

Aloe glauca

Aloe capitata var. quartziticola

Aloe 'Erik Red', getting taller every year. It usually flowers last.

Aloe 'Moonglow' clump 3 of 3

Winter is my least favorite season (no hesitation there), but these aloes make it bearable.



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23 comments:

  1. Photo #5 from the bottom for the win! Fabulous. My Moonglow is just about over, but the flowers of Jacob's Ladder/dawei have shown the most longevity so far. I've got a hybrid ferox about to bloom for the first time whose growth habit looks a lot like your excelsa....hmmm. Your petricola is making a believer out of me. Still no blooms from my wickensii. Aloes seem to be handling the rain fine.

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    1. 'Jacob's Ladder' is high on wish list. The flowers are spectacular.

      Aloe petricola is beautiful year round.

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  2. Have to agree with Denise, photo 5th from the end is the winner. What a spectacular display! The aloe's don't look they have minded the rain. What is the little purple flower hanging over the tree trunk with Aloe capitata var. quartzicola?

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    1. Once established, many aloes are opportunistic--they soak up whatever water they can get.

      That little purple flower is Gomphrena globosa 'Fireworks'. It's one crazy plant, growing like a weed and flowering almost constantly. It does get lanky and needs to be cut back.

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  3. 'Moonglow' was my favorite until I saw A. wickensii. My own wickensii has yet to flower but it's still on the small side. I agree with the preceding commentators that the group shot (5th from the bottom) is absolutely fabulous.

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    1. I have a thing for bicolored flowers, and A. wickensii delivers!

      The "group shot" is my favorite view of this bed.

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  4. That wide shot 5 up from the bottom would have been all this post needed if 'Tangerine' had been in there. Almost perfect! 'Tangerine' was my fav until wickensii too. It seems wrong that a single clump of 'Moonglow' could produce SO MANY blooms (clump #1). Crazy.

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    1. I don't know what the exact parentage of 'Moonglow' is (a trade secret) but its flower power is off the charts!

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  5. For Your Consideration... Clearly, 'Moonglow' is getting a bit of an Oscar campaign in this post. And having been invited into the Academy by the author/gardener, I can report: it works! 'Moonglow' and strong supporting cast get my vote, with #11 from the bottom my pick for Best Picture. (Even though the smart bet is on the spectacular panorama shot to take home the statuette.)

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  6. Best Newcomer: 'Tangerine'. Really a stunner.

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    1. I'm very excited about 'Tangerine'. I almost didn't buy it, and even then I thought the flower color might be dull. Not the case at all!

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  7. I have the feeling I might be tempted much harder by Aloe glauca in a week or so; potentially smashing contrast of bloom and foliage.

    Glad you've had some sun between rain trains, giving you the chance to bask in your border and capture so much of the beauty for us. Thanks as always!

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    1. You know, I have a weakness for Aloe glauca. For reasons I can't quite fathom, it's often treated like the step child of the aloe world. I think it's a very pretty plant, in and out of flower.

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  8. Moonglow gets my vote, with Wickensii in 2nd place. My capitata flower either rotted or froze, so I feel really unattractively jealous of yours. Do you think this night be your best Aloe bloom year so far ?

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    1. Yes, best aloe bloom yet, mainly because the plants are bigger now.

      I have a 'Moonglow' for you if you want it.

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  9. I thought I’d be able to pick a favorite but instead I’m going with all of them!

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  10. I love them all and your garden is so wonderful. However I love Aloe 'Moonglow'. I have tried to find it here in Phoenix but have not been able to. Will have to try the Internet.

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    1. The availability of 'Moonglow' is spotty. I got mine at the Home Depot of all places. Sometimes you don't see 'Moonglow' anywhere, and then it's everywhere, just to disappear again.

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  11. Stunning, all of them. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure. Nothing better than to share photos of plants I love.

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  12. I think the best response is 'yes, please!' They are all gorgeous!

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