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March 7, 2010

Howdy!

So, more rain! All the plants — weeds included — have been enjoying a good long drink and appear quite chipper as a result. For the weeds that meant showing themselves in larger, more colorful, ways. Sadly, for them, that display only made it easier for me to pull them oh-so-carefully from their stations. My desirables have responded with more robust foliage and by standing taller. And, by producing buds that hold the promise of color for weeks to come. The ardent flower stalk of the above aloe is a perfect example …

Tiny now, but you'll see ...

Still just tiny clusters of barely-pink nubs, the ends of my burgeoning ‘Pride of Madeira’ don’t even begin to hint at their future showstopping display. Long spears made up of tiny blue/purple blossoms will be the result of all the heavenly watering we’ve had of late.

Buttercup buds

Fuzzy gray-green leaves of desert abutilon have been joined (surprisingly) by big buttercup yellow buds. This plant’s leaf shape and cup-like blooms will make a nice foliage contrast with nearby cassias (background, on right) sporting their own green and yellow finery.

Vibrant protection

My fantastic ferocactus has so enjoyed the rains that it’s adding some floral accessories to its already prickly look. The blooms on this cactus are a deep red-orange; they’ll look great next to those stand-offish magenta spines.

Spindly purple promises

What color would complement the dull purple-gray of a succulent’s rosettes best? Yellow, naturally! When I first saw the bright little blooms this plant produces I was amazed, the color combination was so ‘wrong’ it was perfect.

Tiny transistors?

Truthfully, I’m not sure these are really buds since they don’t produce flowers in the traditional sense. They do, however, produce these little transistor-electronic connector-christmas light-like tips that pulse with buzz-y color. When covered with them, this plant looks absolutely plugged-in.

Tiny, fuzzy, buddy

This diminutive cactus stands barely 4-inches tall, yet has a huge presence. Its cool fuzz-ball display comes from super tight spines arranged to hug its green body so closely you can barely see it. So, how it managed to add bright magenta buds to the mix is beyond me and I can’t wait to see the flower show …

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave permalink
    March 7, 2010 11:21 pm

    Boy, you make me miss desert gardening. Now that I’m living in Canada, all the action is crammed into 3 months. That’s not enough.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 8, 2010 1:06 am

      Hey, Dave! I spent the last two days gardening, and I loved it… your Phoenix house was amazing; I’d miss it too!

  2. mattisalomaki permalink
    March 8, 2010 2:53 pm

    All around gorgeous. Hey, on your Pride of Madiera…how many years before your started to flower? This will be our first year with our plant, and it is not showing signs yet of flowering. Matti

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 8, 2010 4:02 pm

      Hey, Matti, the POM I keep showing is actually a replacement for one that not only never bloomed, but up and died after a few months. Frustrated but undaunted I bought another, larger one, and this one has done very well, blooming pretty spectacularly the first year. Now it’s about 3 times larger than when we got it and I have to support it or its super heavy branches keep breaking off under their own weight. POMs are finicky, maybe? I didn’t do anything to prep the soil either time, just plunked it into the ground, so I don’t know why the difference. Hope yours takes off, though!

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