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December 7, 2011

An Advent Calendar of Blooms

ZYGOCACTUS, SCHLUMBERGERA, OR CHRISTMAS CACTUS, PERHAPS THE ONE PLANT MR. BALDWIN CAN'T TWEET ABOUT BECAUSE OF CHARACTER COUNT. 
Early December is busy for everyone, and even though we have not started to decorate ( or clean!) the house this season, thanks to Mother Nature, our plant collections continue to bloom on schedule, without hesitation, much like an Advent Calendar, there are plants that bloom on certain days and times, and we just can't stop them. ( OK, it's a stretch, but I'm not feeling that well today). Here are a few blooming right now.

Native to South America ( Equador and Peru), this rare bulb looks like a smaller, green flowered Amaryllis, but it's not. Stenomesson piercii is a, choice bulb only found in the most geeky of plant collections, ( I gave a few bulbs away a few months ago, when I repotted mine). Blooming a month early this year, I was surprised to find this one stem hidden in a camellia bush in the greenhouse.

From the deserts of the cape floral zone in South Africa, comes this Massonia jasminiflora. It only produces two leaves, and a little cluster of blossoms in the center. Some species have beautiful foliage that can have very smooth leaf surfaces, and others have these strange little pustules, or blisters. This Christmas time bloomer has a little of both, and the flowers smell like, well, not Jasmine....more like hay. It may be night scented, I will have to take a whiff later in the week.

4 comments :

  1. Stenomesson piercii is beautiful. I don't know why, but green flowers really do it for me.

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  3. gorgeous blooms!

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  4. I like the rare bulbs, a fascination I've recently been obsessed with. South Africa has so many interesting species, I've been lost in a couple mailorder websites trying to keep my credit card in my pocket. Boophane is next on my list. Yours all look really healthy. Beautiful photos.

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