The Aloes Are Waking Up
Aloe 'Grassy Lassy'
There are Aloes blooming year round in the garden, but November always feels like the start of Aloe "season", because the most spectacular flowers are produced by late fall, winter and spring bloomers.
Like Aloe thraskii
Aloe megalacantha has been blooming since spring, and continues to.
'Cynthia Giddy' is finishing up. When did it start? July? It made a lot of hummingbirds chubby. Most of the birds zipping around the garden are as round as golf balls.
'Rooikappie' blooms off and on year round. 'Rooikappie' sold here are often infected with Aloe Gall Mite, but I happened to have bought an uninfected plant. Looking around the internet for the correct spelling of this hybrid, I found it was introduced by South African horticulturist Cynthia Giddy. It is an open-pollinated seedling of Aloe sinkatana--not sure if that is the "real" sinkatana or the Aloe Formerly Known As Sinkatana, now identified as Aloe zubb.
Aloe deltoideodonta var fallax (if that is what its real name is) bloomed about six weeks ago. Seed pods:
Tiny plant of uncommon castellone bloomed! That was a surprise.
Aloe Deltoideodonta 'Sparkler' is a lovely, lovely plant. The flowers are beside the point. It was Very Unhappy in the ground, the only Aloe I've ever found to be so.
Tiny Aloe relative Gasteria lilliputiana
It's been wonderfully cool all week, but I've been painting, painting, painting indoors. The dining room and living room are done. I'm going to finish the entry way, then give the painting a rest and get back out there while the cool weather holds.
A long way to go up.