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Waxing Florid

April 16, 2013

Flores suculentes

It’s already about half done and we have yet to see April’s showers. We’ve had drizzle, a little fog here and there, and plenty of toupée-shifting winds … but no rain. Should we assume May’s proverbial flowers will be no-shows? I can’t worry about that. Because whether they show up next month or not, my garden’s awash with hot-hued blossoms right now. Here’s a short list of my succulents in bloom …

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florafragmentFrom left: 1) A small rusted metal hand sports a corsage of tiny blooms from an echeveria; I love how they look like little flames against the dark metal. 2) Bead-like hot pink buds of hesperaloe are lashed behind. Twice as long, I had to cut the stalk down to fit into the picture. 3.) Tiny chili pepper-shaped buds dangle from the stem of a hybrid gasteria I had given up on. Seems it wasn’t dead after all! 4.) Waxy orange trumpets crown the branches atop an aloe stalk like upside-down chandeliers. 5.) Lastly, a spiked branch from a crown of thorns ends in greener-than-green leaves and a quartet of cherry-red blossoms … each splitting into identical halves like cells dividing, with a nucleus between.*

*I recognize that this last observation is a bit florid, but it’s Spring. And, too old at this point for the season to turn my fancy to thoughts of love, it waxes hallucinogenic instead!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2013 3:19 pm

    More beauty, more art, more plant education….LOVE it!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 16, 2013 4:33 pm

      Praise from the Queen of Floral Park: Love it!

  2. Judith Nelson permalink
    April 16, 2013 10:32 pm

    always charming posts, cleverly and warmly written, and the photography just glows…thanks!!!

  3. Vickie Perez permalink
    April 17, 2013 3:56 am

    As usual, beautiful. Just the right amount of rustic and color. Don’t we all just love the gifts of spring? I know that I’m enjoying the colors around here.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 17, 2013 4:22 am

      I agree, Vickie … now, if only we could find a way to make Spring hang around just a bit longer!

  4. April 17, 2013 11:59 am

    Beautiful! Since I’m new to succulents, I had no idea that they bloomed such beautiful flowers, and my hummingbirds love them too. The boxes are great as well. Of course they are one of your great finds:)

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 17, 2013 2:38 pm

      Hi, WF, those poor boxes have been knocked around so much … Nothing is more fun than watching hummers dive bombing my aloe blossoms, they do indeed love succulent blooms!

  5. April 17, 2013 12:15 pm

    Sweet crown of thorns in flower. I wish I could send you some of my rain. Your last few lines bring the Pink Floyd The Wall movie to mind. If you have seen it, the animated scene of the flower transforming into the villan.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 17, 2013 2:40 pm

      Hi, II, I haven’t seen that ‘Wall’ sequence for ages but you’re right. And, yes, please send rain! 😉

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