Aloe season 2012!
Okay, okay, it's been aloe season since November, LOL, but it's still going strong and will continue for several months here in the Valley so I thought I'd share a couple of quick and casual pics of just some of the aloes blooming in my little garden.
The season started off in November with 'Cynthia Giddy' in bloom, and some of them are still going strong, but here's what's blooming NOW, so I thought I'd share. :)
Here's five year old clump of the hybrid 'Blue Elf' (tennis ball included to show size) blooming in full sun. I love the purple-blue winter color and the amazing flush of late winter blooms. It also tosses up an occasional bloom all summer long too. It's become very popular and with good reason. Occasionally a single rosette or three will suddenly croak (so be sure to not overwater it), but it usually makes several replacements:
Here's a casual pic of a hybrid aloe with unknown parentage. Obviously it has a lot of Aloe striata in its ancestry, but also something else since it's puppling like crazy (pure Aloe striata rarely pups, and it doesn't have teeth along the leaf edge like this one does). I bought it as a tiny 2 inch plant at a garage sale four years ago and it's finally filled up its pot and is blooming right now:
Finally, here's a pic of pure Aloe striata ("coral aloe") blooming on the east side of my house. I love the thin stripe along each toothless leaf (the stripe is white in summer and pinkish in winter) and I love the really nice, wide head of flowers. If you look closely you can see this particular plant is going to make three bloom stalks. Yay. Another really easy, large-ish aloe for afternoon shade. I've planted more of these around my garden than I can count!
I give all of these aloes the same general care: water once a week when it's HOT, and water once a month when it's not. Most aloes do appreciate a bit of afternoon sun if you can provide it, although my 'Blue Elf' is in full bore hot sun all year long.
Got any aloes you'd like to share? Let us see/hear about them! They're such easy, evocative plants for the warm winter parts of Arizona.
Here is a link that might be useful: My March 2012 garden pics