'CHEERS' TO THE HEDGEHOG ALOE
- Thursday, 7 June 2007
It is nearly a year ago that I reported on DOING LIFE that we have added another variety of aloe to our current aloe collection in the garden, namely the newly cultivated HEDGEHOG Aloe which of course was indigenous to South Africa. As yet I have not discovered any write-ups about it in garden books.
We bought two HEDGEHOG Aloe plants which were quite small initially. But they thrived in ceramic pots on the patio and have grown to fill the pots. Winter has set in and I was quite curious to see whether they will flower during their first winter. During the last week in May I was excited to see the first flower bud revealing itself. The shape of the flower bud strike me as being quite unusual for the beginning of an aloe flower. The shape resembles the flower of a Scottish Thistle's flower.
I have captured its progress. Thus far the main part of the flower is resembling the familiar shape of an aloe flower, but the knob on top is still puzzling me - wonder how the final flower with reveal itself. I will keep you posted. This is still the one and only flower between the two plants. Nature has its surprises.
I wonder how many of you DOING LIFERS have noticed that one of the layouts have vanished from the Bundu Flickr in the sidebar (let me know if you did). Well, this was the first layout I have redone from scratch in the nearly nine years I have been scrapping. So here's the final version of us Bundu Chicks flopping around in the Bundu Photo Studio! I have done a pull-out pocket in which the write-up of our weekend is kept. Reading this in 20-30 years time will definitely bring back fond memories.
- Hedgehogs' mum signing off