Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's Blogger's Bloom Day!

Quickie post to show you a bunch of succulent blooms!  No these are not blooming at this time.  But I wanted to go back and show you some color and photos of blooms in the past!  Have fun!

Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora flowering

Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora 

Monanthes polyphylla, in family Crassulaceae.

Monanthes polyphylla, in family Crassulaceae

Mammillaria matudae

Mammillaria matudae

Aylostera muscula with blooms

Aylostera muscula

N. magnificus

Notocactus magnificus


Sorry don't know the name!  I just call it Yowza!

Flower of Sedum Rubrotinctum

Sedum Rubrotinctum

Flowers of Euphorbia mammillaris

Euphorbia mammillaris

It's bloomin time!

Aeonium bloom!  Check out how red the aeonium got last year!  It was so cold here!  I have a new bloom going on now and I have documented it from the beginning with photos.  It has not come into full bloom yet but when it does I will do a post on it only!

Echeveria 'Blue Curl' blooms

Echeveria 'Blue Curls'

Echeveri Pludonis blooms

Echeveria 'Pludonis'

Echeveria 'Dondo' blooms

Echeveria 'Dondo'

Fire in the sky!

Unknown Echeveria


Feed Me!

Secrets inside

Echeveria 'Afterglow'

Itty Bitty

Kalanchoe 'Manginii'


Kalancho fedtschenkoi

Pink Perfection

Sempervivum arachnoideum

Optunia bloom

Opuntia macbridei bloom Red button cactus

I will leave you right here for now!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day and just think....only 32 more days until spring!  Yea!

It's Another Beautiful Day!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Huntington Botanical Gardens Part 2

Aloe Cameronii

Aloe Cameronii
Let's go back to Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.  If you will remember I paid this beautiful place a visit with my dear husband back in July.  It was before they had a terrible wind storm that destroy'd  quite a few gardens and did some heavy damage to this one.  I was lucky to see it when I did and hope that it is recovering with the help of the great people that work there.
Click here if you would like to see part 1.  Then I took you into the succulent greenhouse.  Part one you can see here and part two here!

Aloe harlana

Aloe Harlana
They have a whole lot of amazing aloes at The Huntington and it seems now that I look through my photos that I took pictures of a lot of them. Now this succulent has that sign right in front of it that says Aloe Harlana from Ethiopia. But when I google this name it show's an aloe with white spots. Now I am wondering if this was mislabeled? But I find that hard to believe at The Huntington. Maybe this is what it looks like after many years. Hmmmmm!

Aloe 'Tingtinkie'

Aloe 'Tingtinkie'
What a cute name for a little aloe. These aloe's don't get any taller than 6 inches but they put out pups like crazy. They like sun to partial shade. And the blooms are red to pale yellow. I wish I had been there when they were all blooming.

Aloe Vanbalenii

Aloe Vanbalenii
Check out this incredible bunch of aloe's! It looks like a hedge. This must look incredible blooming what with there yellow or red color! This aloe is from South Africa.

Cyphostemma juttae

Cyphostemma juttae
This beautiful caudiciform is also called the grape tree. It holds a lot of water in the trunk and the leaves. The bark of the trunk and limbs will peel off in white strips which reflect the sun and help to keep the plant cool. This is another succulent from South Africa. It can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. The sign in front did not want you touching or eating the fruit because of irritants. Dave's garden says that part of this plant is poisonous. I wonder if it is the fruit.

Cyphostemma juttae fruit

I just had to show you a close up of the beautiful fruit on this great plant!

Echinocactus grusonii

I just had to show you this view. I love all the cactus shown in this shot. The tall cereus in the back the Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel cactus) in the middle and the small mammillaria's in the front

Echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus grusonii
The golden barrel's were so huge and all over. As you can see the babies were piled on top of one another. I just love these cactus. And if you look to the right and left you can see stapelia gigantea and the little white Mammillaria geminispina.

Mammillaria geminispina

Mammillaria geminispina
Here is a better look at the mammillaria's that were scattered all around with the golden barrel's. They are so pretty and white. I bet that the white reflects the sun and helps to keep these little guys cool.  Here is a great blog post from Far Out Flora on their visit to Huntington's last year!

That's it for now, I have lots left to show you!  So until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!