Saturday, December 20, 2014

Moving to a new apartment!

Dear readers,

I have neither been updating the blog for a while nor replying to your emails but I'm here and I'm well and I'm going to do both soon. It has been stressful at work and I have horribly neglected the plants due to that. I'm sad to report that some will surely not survive this winter (probably because of bugs, I don't even have time to check) but it can only get better from now on. In fact, it will get much better pretty soon since I finally found and rented an apartment that is big and sunny and perfect in any sense I can think of! It will also provide plenty of room for plants so that I can take care of them right after the move. That is also when I'm going to report on all the changes. I'll try to keep you posted on twitter if you don't mind :)

Now I have to run and look for moving boxes!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Recent flowers (8 pics)

I'm sorry I haven't been around for a while. It's been busy and stressful lately, I barely could look at my plants at all and I hope I can get to answering the emails soon... My life is mostly work and sleep and work. No time for a clear thought. 
I was trying to take pictures of the flowers in the evenings though. This is what has been flowering since my last post.

Lithops dorotheae C300 has skipped a year but developed a beautiful flower again this time.

Delosperma harazianum has opened another flower and is growing two more at the moment. Utterly cute!

Crassula ausensis ssp. titanopsisis having a second wave of flowering (smells like cheese)...

... while Neohenricia sibbetii has grown its last flower for this season. It has been at it since May! It loves the company of an Adromischus by the way. I like to think that the pairing is mutually beneficial.

Once of the Stomatium alboroseum seedlings (even though it's not a seedling anymore) has grown a second flower this season which is pretty neat.

Two of the Conophytums are blooming, too.

As well as one of the Tanquana hilmarii plants.

All in all my plants are getting on with their lives perfectly without me...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

More flowers (2 pics)

The flowering continues! There are several 'Sulphurea' flowers opened at the same time this year so I'm going to pollinate. The little Prepodesma orpenii has decided to flower again, too. Compared to the A. malherbei from the previous post it always seems to find the strength for it.

Aloinopsis malherbei fails to flower (3 pics)

Do you have any advise or explanation? I can't figure out what these guys are missing. They've been starting flowers, then drying them off and replacing them with leaves... And then start all over again. It's been going on for so long with both seedlings and my adult plant that I've come to see it as normal. Still, I'd really like to actually see the flowers develop and open someday. I water them well (no fertilizer since months though).

Adenium's fresh green

On August 20th I've posted this photo of this plant.  I've decided not to prune just yet and wait for the spring. I think it was a good decision because this is how it reacted to the recent repotting :)

Two of the other Adeniums from this post are growing new leaves as well.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lithops flowering season (4 pics)

Looks like my Lithops are heaving an early flowering season. I have 4 flowers at the moment and more coming soon. What a happy sight! :)

One of my own L. bromfieldii v. glaudinae seedlings has flowered for the first time and the flower is HUGE! In fact, this is one of these little kids. All grown up now.

Good thing they flower in the afternoon. This way I can catch them on camera even when I come home after six. And even though it is already getting dark the flowers are still brimming with sunlight they've soaked up during the day.

The L. fulviceps 'Aurea' flower looks very relaxed...

... and the one on L. fulviceps v. lactinea is already a week old. It has an interesting shape now but still such shiny petals!

The newcommer, L. verruculosa, decided to bloom, too. This is the first time I see a cream-colored flower on a lithops. It's so unusual. It looks more like red gold to me and fits the color of the plant leaves.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Conophytum (6 pics)

I think I've mentioned that I bought several beautifully grown Conophytum specimen at the C&S market in Essen recently but haven't shown them yet. Now one of the plants is flowering and this is a good reason for an introduction.

I have almost no own experience growing Conophytums but I've read a lot about them and I'm going to do my best to keep these as healthy and beautiful as they are now. They are used to a greenhouse but I'll do what I can. The previous owner warned me to water extremely rarely and just a little at a time. Please note that the pots are 5x5cm and the heads are very very small!

Conophytum pellucidum v. pellucidum 'pardicolor' ex. de Boer

Conophytum ricardianum SB1116

Conophytum uviforme ssp. decoratum

Conophytum uviforme ssp. uviforme SB952

Conophytum bilobum 'christiansenium' (2 plants). These look like Cheiridopsis to me :)