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Peduncle Preservation

March 9, 2011

Peduncle of aloe ferox

Sunday’s marathon garden wrangling included the pruning and trimming of dead and dying plant matter. Very satisfying to remove this messy stuff leftover from Winter’s wind and rainstorms … a good clearing-out really opened up space, literally and visually; and open space is inspiring (and fillable!)… But, while it was satisfying to see our green city-provided yard waste container fill up, it was hard to throw some of the trimmings away … I’m talking about the peduncles of some of my prized aloes. (FYI: Peduncle is the botanic term for the stalk or stem that supports the infloresences, or flowers, of plants; and a really cool word!) The dramatically twisted peduncle, above, may have lost its gorgeous rust-orange blossoms, but I couldn’t just throw it away. It was just too sculptural, too colorfully sophisticated, too House of Xtravaganza voguing battle to be forgotten … So, I add a calcified spherical vase, some stones in simpatico hues and textures, and with the whir of my camera created a worthy memento of a faded natural beauty.

Peduncle of aloe barbadensis

More remembrances of blossoms past … and these long stalks need tall support. An interesting ceramic vase with pressed decorations in artful colors, mimics the almost balletic curves of these peduncles. Add a pitted round rock in red tones, and an angular chunk of green slate, and this vignette pays homage to an aloe’s winter blooms.

I’m hoping that by removing these spent peduncles, the aloes will be provoked into producing new stalks with new inflorescences … and, wouldn’t it be great if they were in full bloom for the tour?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2011 3:22 am

    What lovely vignettes. I always look forward to your blog.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 10, 2011 3:25 am

      Thanks so much, Annette … I plan to visit your store soon and can’t wait!

  2. March 10, 2011 11:07 pm

    my new mission: using the word peduncle as much as possible! love the vignettes, and i love that you keep those peduncles (see?)until they are completely spent.
    btw, when is the show?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 10, 2011 11:11 pm

      Hi, Carey … yep, peduncles rock! The garden tour is April 9th and 10th. I’ll post all the particulars, including a link to the official website, by Saturday morning.

  3. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    March 13, 2011 5:26 am

    Paris is Burning and aloes! I loves it!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 13, 2011 5:31 am

      Look at the poses of these branches and tell me this is not aloe realness!!

      • Mrs. Monstera permalink
        March 13, 2011 8:29 am


      • reubix1 permalink*
        March 13, 2011 12:10 pm

        In a way Tyra can never reach…

      • Mrs. Monstera permalink
        March 13, 2011 8:29 am

        *shakes index finger*

      • reubix1 permalink*
        March 13, 2011 12:11 pm

        Okay, now I gotta watch PIB all over again!

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