Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush'

Desperately in need of water, "Royal Flush' is, never the less, holding on. It is a succulent after all! I expect to be able to get out to do some extensive watering tomorrow, now that the weather has moderated. Especially the epies, echeverias and haworthias.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Aloinopsis rubrolineata

Another Aloinopsis is also blooming: Aloinopsis rubrolineata. Another "pick me up" for another gray, overcast, drizzly day.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

An Ensemble of Echeveria 'Lola'

One of my favorites, this Dick Wright hybrid doesn't readily offset, so most propagation is from leaves. A bit slow, but worth the wait.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Echeveria globulosa

At this time of year the coloration on these small growing echeverias is absolutely fantastic.

Cintia knizei

I finally had a chance to look around the plants yesterday and - lo and behold - there's a bud showing itself in several of the cintias. It was a good thing I noticed because these flowers have tendency to pop up very quickly. Last year  I missed most of them. A native of the high Andes in Bolivia, these plants can be a challenge in cultivation.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Interesting Companions

Sometimes when you have a cutting which needs a place to be rooted, any open spot in a pot near you is the prime candidate. But of course, the plants grow...which sometimes makes for strange bedfellows. In this case, it's echeverias and Mammillaria hahniana.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mammillaria velatula subsp. gracilis var. fragilis (AKA "Thimble Cactus")

When we first started growing this plant, back in the late 1960s, we just knew it as the thimble cactus, and then as Mammillaria fragilis, which then became M. gracilis var. fragilis. Then the "fragilis" was dropped and it became the name listed above, only without the fragilis part. We just leave it on for old time sake...and because it then makes this wonderfully long and impressive botanical name for what is basically a simple little plant. It's easy to grow and if you look at it sideways you'll have ten new plants as each segment breaks off readily.
But just because it's easy doesn't mean it isn't worth having. And look closely. Here it is January and it's supposed to get down to 24F tonight, but right there in the center left of the plant is a new bud beginning to push its way through the spines. (Of course, the plant's in the greenhouse, not outside freezing it's spines off. We're not that cruel!)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Frosty weather is finally here

Well, actually, I'm ready for Spring. But it's not to be...at least not yet. But cold though it may be, it's fairly cozy in the greenhouse. Now, if we can just get over these awful colds and bronchitis, we can take a break near the fire with a nice latte. All we have to do is find a place for our feet in the crowded aisles! :)  Do enjoy your plants!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'

There aren't a lot of things flowering here right now, but - thanks to the echeverias - we do have some. In this case, it's the flowers of one of the two echeveria cultivars which goes by the moniker 'Frosty'.

Rhipsalis neves-armondii

We've had this old Rhipsalis neves-armondii for longer than either of us can remember. It came through the fire in 1003 and continues to produce these neat little flowers at times when not much else is happening. This rhipsalis is from Brazil (Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, São Paulo), and like most epiphytes (and geophytes), it likes a moist substrate that also provides good drainage. Give less water in the Winter and keep free of frost.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Haworthia arachnoidea var. scabrispina

This is a picture from our archives. I just haven't had time to get out and do some photography. This plant was grown from collected seed but the location data was lost. Outstanding plants.

I hope you all had wonderful Christmas and New Year's celebrations. We were blessed by the presence of our granddaughter (13 years old) for a little over a week. Now that she's returned to California we're struggling with colds and bronchitis, but hopefully we'll get over this soon enough. Our weather finally turned cold for the new year, finally getting some below freezing temeratures for a few nights.

I'll try to be much more regular in my posting in the weeks and months ahead.