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December 8, 2012

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RANCHO HOLIDAY TIP No. 134.5a:  PLANT MORE ALOES!

That way you, like us, will have all the festive yard décor you need for the entire holiday season. Just look at the pictures in this post of our early bloomers …

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Check those colors … We’ve got green, sure, but it’s set off by shocking pink, orange and red-orange … and once this crop fades they’ll be replaced by other blooms on other aloes in yellow-orange, salmon and rust. That whole red/green thing? Tired, right?

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But, the best part about decorating with aloes for the holidays has got to be this: You’ll have no space for that lighted, life-size inflatable Santa in a snow globe — anywhere!

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  1. December 8, 2012 6:39 am

    They’re beautiful. I hope mine bloom as beautiful as yours.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 8, 2012 6:44 am

      Thanks, WF! I can’t wait for my huge aloe ferox to bloom … the stalk’s already beginning to stretch out, so maybe they’ll be in full flower by Christmas!

  2. December 8, 2012 11:32 am

    You are soooo lucky to have this in bloom now, I can only dream of it ! So beautifull !

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 8, 2012 4:30 pm

      Thanks, Gwen … No matter how many times it occurs, I feel lucky when my aloes bloom!

      • December 8, 2012 7:16 pm

        I sometimes have aloes in bloom but my aloes are tiny and so are the blooms, but the ones you have shown I saw in Spain in bloom, soo pretty !

      • reubix1 permalink*
        December 8, 2012 7:21 pm

        I bet they’re gorgeous there in Spain … my favorite is my aloe ferox, pics of those coming as soon as it blooms!

  3. lorimarsha permalink
    December 8, 2012 4:41 pm

    Beautiful. I love non-traditional approaches to Christmas decor. Enjoy the holidays!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 8, 2012 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Lori, happy holidays to you, too!

  4. December 8, 2012 6:12 pm

    Beautiful flowers. Last year my potted aloe plant bloomed inside my house. I was surprised and delighted. I’m hoping it does it again this year.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 8, 2012 6:16 pm

      I don’t know why after all this time I’m surprised and delighted when my aloes bloom, but I am. Thanks, Melanie!

  5. December 9, 2012 5:57 am

    Beautiful aloe blooms over which I can only lust as they would rot, freeze, and be generally unhappy in my garden. This is your reward for the tremendous heat you endured this summer.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 9, 2012 4:18 pm

      Ugh, last summer’s heat was diabolical! Aloes in bloom are a terrific reward I happily accept …

  6. zynischer permalink
    December 9, 2012 9:50 pm

    Looks at lovely pictures and lusts…

    Any idea the names of these gorgeous beasts?
    (wishlist, wishlist, wishlist!)

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 9, 2012 10:58 pm

      Thanks for commenting; Here’s what I think the aloe varieties are (from top to bottom): barbadensis; vanbalenni; cameronii . Don’t sue me if I misidentified any of them!

      • zynischer permalink
        December 10, 2012 12:04 am

        I appreciate any names. Names in hand, I can tackle a nursery search!

        Thank you!

      • reubix1 permalink*
        December 10, 2012 1:03 am

        Cool! Good luck and send pictures …

  7. December 11, 2012 12:25 am

    Not vanbalenii–it is a stemless species staying low to the ground.

    Yours is a beauty, whatever it is.

    How’s the back doing? All healed and well, I hope.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 11, 2012 12:28 am

      Dang it — This is why I included the disclaimer! ; )
      As for the back: it’s slow-going … but I feel glimmers of change for the better, can’t wait for more positive change!

  8. December 11, 2012 12:21 pm

    Reuben–For some reason the photos aren’t showing up when I visited today. I just get broken-image icons.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 11, 2012 4:56 pm

      That’s strange, J., I’ll look into it; probably upload them again. Thanks for the tip-off!

      Update: All the images have been uploaded again, hope you can see them now!

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