Non-aloe front garden highlights, February 2021
I've been posting a lot of photos of flowering aloes lately, so let's take a break and look at some other February highlights. Of course it is possible that an aloe or two will sneak in—those buggers love photobombing!
|Lachenalia aloides var. quadricolor looks right at home between cactus, agaves, hechtias, and a Dioon argentea|
|Same vignette seen from the other side. Two hechtias on the left: Hechtia 'Silver Star' and Hechtia 'Oaxaca Sunset'.|
|Hechtia argentea along the sidewalk pushing 5 (!) inflorescences. ×Mangave 'Red Wing' on the left, Yucca 'Bright Star' on the right.|
|Newly planted Aloe vaombe in the front, Maireana sedifolia behind it, and Acacia aphylla peeking into the frame on the right|
|×Mangave 'Mayan Queen' surrounded by Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt', Salvia bullulata, and Felicia echinata|
|Cephalophyllum stayneri, a cutting from a plant in the Ruth Bancroft Garden. The color is hard to describe; I've seen it referred to as cerise.|
|×Aloinanthus 'Opera Mauve' flowering for the first time. Look at the bumpy leaf surface! This is an intergeneric hybrid between Aloinopsis spathulata and Nananthus aff. broomii, two related ice plants.|
|Yucca 'Bright Star' (left) and Osteospermum 'Astra Purple Spoon'|
|Osteospermum 'Astra Purple Spoon', easily the most striking flowers in the garden right now|
|Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' and Grevillea 'Flora Mason', the latter putting on the best flowering display ever. I find the flowers hard to photograph; they're far more striking seen in person.|
|Tradescantia 'Blushing Bride' in front of Homalocladium platycladum, which has the unfortunate common name of tapeworm plant|
|Felicia aethiopica 'Tight & Tidy' (left), Oscularia caulescens (right)|
|Prostrate form of Acacia glaucoptera in its winter red, with flower buds forming (the yellow bumps). The plant behind it is a Moroccan daisy (now Pyrethropsis hosmariense, formerly Rhodanthemum hosmariense).|
|Aloe humilis × Aloe ferox (White Form), getting ready to flower for the first time|
|×Mangave 'Night Owl', the blackest mangave of them all|
|This is the newest area along the sidewalk. I removed a large clump of Aloe elgonica, freeing up a lot of planting space.|
|Most of the new plants here are aloes|
|Aloe humilis × Aloe pratensis, a Nick Deinhart hybrid|
|A peek at the aloe display along the sidewalk. I told you, these aloes really want to be photographed!|
While mornings are still brisk, afternoon temperatures are back in the 60s—and climbing towards the low 70s if the forecast can be trusted. Spring is so close, I can almost taste it!
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