by germinatrix | January 18th, 2011
Get ready PEOPLE !!! (imagine me sounding like Oprah)
The ALOES are starting to bloom!
Okay some of them are already blooming – my Aloe arborescens are contained in a pot on my back porch so they don’t take over the world, and right now the scarlet blooms whose little funnel-like flowers are tipped in purple just make me faint with pleasure. Okay that was a teensy bit hyperbolic, but you get me – they make me happy!
I can’t wait to go to the Huntington this year and have a complete spazz-out among the bloomspikes. I think I’m going to have to go more than once to get the most out of the special spazzy pleasure of seeing your favorite plants in their full glory. Until then, I have to watch my own aloes do their thing.
I was SO afraid that I was going to lose all of my bloomspikes in the recent cold weather we had in Los Angeles. We were close to freezing some nights, but the microclimate at my house is colder – I live in the lowest point of a valley, so all of the cold air collects right at my house and wreaks havoc with my precious, beloved succulents. On a couple of nights I stood peering out of the kitchen window, trying to create a bubble of warmth to surround my garden. Thank goodness my plants didn’t need to count on my mental powers – the bloomspikes survived on their own.
But wait – Aloes aren’t the only things getting their game on – remember my Agave desmettiana variegata that I told you about on Thanksgiving? Well, she is stretching herself out and pushing out little buds. I can’t help but think of A. desmettiana variegata as a feminine plant – she is such a ballerina; a supermodel. So, even though it is completely in character of all agaves, it is a little hermaphroditic of her to get all erect like this. But it is her nature, who am I to question? I can only sit back and enjoy the show.
And the show is always so enjoyable – right in my back yard!
XOXO Your Germinatrix