Wednesday, July 30, 2014

L. fulviseps 'Aurea' flower (2 pics)

Aaand now they're open. So pretty! I'm going to play a bee :)

PS: Hm, just a thought, shouldn't something called "Aurea" actually have yellow/golden flowers? Does the name refer to the green-yellow leaf surface?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Naohenricia seed capsule (2 pics)

According to Steven Hammer hybrids between Neohenricia and Stomatium are possible and since both were flowering on my windowsill recently I tried cross-pollinating. At the moment I'm very proud to present you the nice and fat seed pod that my Neohenricia sibbetii is currently growing. This is the first time I see one on a Neohenricia and it's quite exciting. 

Also, this particular Neohenricia is friends with a Haworthia limifolia which is in fact this little cutting a year later. Neat! ;)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Aloinopsis luckhoffii babies (2 pics)

I didn't expect my Aloinopsis luckhoffii seedlings to live this long but here they are, almost one year old. They've started developing side shots recently.
(Btw, I think my camera is making the plants look greener than they are.)

Under my conditions the adult plant grows in a pace that makes me wonder every couple of months whether there will be new leaves sometime in the future or not. There usually are but no guaranties. It looks well and everything but I don't feel that it's really flourishing. (Not a well focused pic, I know)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another Stomatium alboroseum flower! (3 pics)

Before I come to the topic of this post I'd like to let you know that I have a lot of Anacampseros filamentosa ssp. namaquensis seeds to give away. They are only viable when fresh so don't let them go to waste! Seeds are free but I'd appreciate it if you could take care of the shipment cost (it's 0,75€ for international, email me for paypal info). Let me know if you're interested and thanks to everyone who already has given some of them a new home!

So, back on topic, my second Stomatium alboroseum seedling is flowering now! :D I tried to take a picture in the natural light (without a flash) this time... Or rather in the lack thereof since it was taken at 9.30 PM yesterday. Still, the flower is shining like the first snow. As you can see from the dried up flower on the Stomatium beside it it never actually turned "roseum".

I see these tiny 11 months old plants with their perfect flowers and can't help but think why the other bigger and older (14 months) and stronger Stomatium trifarium seedlings don't even try to flower. Look how much they've spread!

First Lithops flower 2014 (2 pics)

This was quick. Lithops seem to react well to the heat. Now I have a little yellow sun of my own even after sunset. And there are more flowers coming. The next one will be white :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Plant looks vs. flowering (3 pics)

I'm always preaching about how much you can tell about a plant's health and well being from its looks if you observe carefully but sometimes I really can't figure it out.
I have two Prepodesma orpenii plants of an approximately same age (both initially from Kakteen-Haage nursery). One is, even though a healthy plant, not particularly strong looking. It likes to dry off leaves and leaf tips and is sort of smallish. But it had the strength and willingness to develop and open three beautiful flowers in a row this year! (I'm so proud of it)
The other one looks strong and big and healthy with its perfect juicy leaves but it has dropped its two flowers at an early stage this year and didn't even try to repeat. I guess the meaning of this story is "don't judge by the looks" but that's not true because with plants you kinda have to anyway. Let's better call it "let yourself be surprised" :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Avonia day 2014 (4 pics)

It's that magical time of the year again when Avonia quinaria ssp. alstonii opens its flowers ♥
It has been flowering for a while now but today I finally could catch it for a photo shooting :)

Btw, Anacampseros filamentosa ssp. namaquensis is still flowering, too. Less spectacular but still very pretty!