Monday, April 24, 2017

Christmas Gift

I am very happy with Amaryllis Number 25.  This is called Christmas Gift, and it is a lovely big open white flower.

Amaryllis 'Christmas Gift'

This is a new bulb this year, and is just what I was hoping for.  You may remember that I got a Christmas Gift bulb last year as well, but it bloomed out weirdly streaked with pink. I really want a pure white, so I got another to try again.

This one is great, just what I wanted.  Last year's bulb hasn't bloomed yet this year, so we'll see if it has the pink streaks again.  If it doesn't- oh well, I'll just have two nice white ones!  If it does- oh well, I'll have one with pink streaks!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

More frothy pink...

The Rebutia narvaecensis I showed last week has even more flowers open now.  So gorgeous.

Rebutia narvaecensis

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Black Pearl

Amaryllis number 23 for the year is the long-awaited Black Pearl.

Black Pearl amaryllis

I must say, I'm a little disappointed in this one.  While it's pretty, it's not the dark, dark glorious red that I was expecting.

Here's a comparison of Grand Diva (left) and Black Pearl (right).

Amaryllis:  Grand Diva (left) and Black Pearl (right)

Grand Diva is slightly darker and Black Pearl is slightly bigger. 

Does that sound familiar?  I thought so.  Here's a picture I showed a couple weeks ago, of Grand Diva (left) and Queen of Night (right).

Amaryllis Grand Diva (left) and Queen of Night (right)

According to this, Black Pearl is pretty much identical to Queen of Night. Of course, there's always the possibility of mislabeled bulbs, so who knows.  I have three other Black Pearl bulbs, so we'll see if they look the same as well.

I still like Red Pearl best.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Various pretties

Another summary post.

First up is Haworthia cooperi pilifera, another one native to southern Africa.  This species is one of many haworthias that have "windows" at the tips of the leaves.  This clear tissue allows sunlight to penetrate down into the leaves, so that when the plant draws itself underground during dry periods in its native habitat it can continue photosynthesizing.


Haworthia cooperi pilifera

I should do a post on just my Haworthias, because they're very cool plants. The flowers look pretty much alike for all the species, small greenish brown and white striped flowers on long spikes. Not very eye-catching, but pretty if you look close. This particular plant is especially floriferous right now, with six spikes, and look at that one in the front! It's huge!

Haworthia cooperi pilifera flowers

Next up is Pachyveria 'Blue Haze', another Pachyphytum-Echeveria cross.

Pachyveria 'Blue Haze'

This one has big chubby leaves, and droopy flower spikes.

Pachyveria 'Blue Haze'

The flowers themselves are bright maroon, but almost hidden by the fleshy green corolla.  I actually didn't even realize the flowers on this one were open until I turned the plant around to water it.  Nice surprise!

Pachyveria 'Blue Haze'

Last up for today is what I think is a Sedeveria (I'm not sure).  If that's correct, it's a cross between a Sedum and an Echeveria.  I still have more research to do on this one.

The flowers are pale, pale yellow, and open to a nice star shape.

Sedeveria

The leaves are pretty, too.

Sedeveria

While each individual flower is small, there are a lot of them on the inflorescence.

Sedeveria

I got this plant as part of a mixed hanging basket at the end of last summer. The basket was 70% off because it was in such rough shape, but I figured, hey, there are a couple plants left alive and the wire basket is nice. The plants have been hanging on fine over the winter, under lights, and this one bloomed!

Sedeveria

Once these flowers are done, I'll cut off the rosette at the end of that scraggly bare stem and re-root it, and I'll be re-planting the basket this summer to fill in the bare spots and make it all pretty again.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Frizzle Sizzle

I have an indoor bulb other than amaryllis blooming right now, surprise!

Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle'

This is Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle', a cultivar of a bulb native to southern Africa.  It's a winter-growing bulb, which loses its leaves and goes dormant during the heat of the summer.  There are so many fun plants in southern Africa.

I got this one recently, in bud, so I can't take credit for the bloom spike.  The flowers are pretty but somewhat nondescript.  They're greeny-yellow, pendant, and while the outer sepals open fully, the petals in the center stay closed even when the flower is mature.  They are scented, however, a sort of vanilla-clove-lemon-wintergreen fragrance.  That's not really the right description of the scent, but it's hard to describe.

However, the flowers aren't the main show on this plant.  Look at the leaves!  

Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle'

Curly corkscrew spirals! Apparently the more light they get, the curlier they get.  So fun!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Evergreen repeat

This is a repeat of Amaryllis #5, Evergreen, first seen way back in January.

Amaryllis Evergreen, third scape

I was surprised to see a third scape developing on this, especially considering the silly bulb still hasn't grown any roots.  It just sat there for months, doing nothing, then started blooming again.  However, there is hope!  It has a couple leaves peeking out now, too, so maybe there are roots in the works.

Amaryllis Evergreen, third scape

When this bloomed last time, I hadn't noticed that there was a distinct darker stripe down the center of each petal. I like these flowers, they're very calm and graceful.

Amaryllis Evergreen, third scape

This scape has six flowers, bringing the total flower count to 20, on three scapes!

Amaryllis Evergreen, third scape

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Barbados

Amaryllis number 22 is Barbados, a rich red with a white star in the center.

Amaryllis Barbados

Another new one this year, and very pretty.

Amaryllis Barbados

This is a definite keeper.  It looks so stately.

Amaryllis Barbados

I like the little ruffly "ears" at the base of the petals.

Amaryllis Barbados