Thursday, June 18, 2015
Aloe barberae tree aloeAloe barberae below is not from a harsh habitat
and an easy tree aloe to grow in a garden.
The range of this aloe is a broad coastal zone from East
London in South Africa northwards up to Mozambique.
Above:- This is a group of trees planted together.
Here it is growing very well in the winter rainfall frost free climate. Aloe barberae does not like frost but even there you will find them in gardens in Namaqualand or in the Karoo botanical garden where there is frost. The secret is that it is dry frost and the trees were protected by other plants or against a house. Wet and cold kills most aloes.
This tree grows high.
Here is Aloe barberae as a single tree planted next to
Aloe marlothii to the left and Aloe ferox to the right - Both species are also described as tree aloes and are about 3 metres on the photo but the aloes grow larger than that. They seem shorter because of their width, but they are large and heavy!
The photo was taken in the botanical garden near
Worcester. The Aloe barberae tree grows on a hill where the cold air will move downhill quickly. This climate is very dry compared to the habitat of Aloe barberae which proves again that this is an easy aloe to grow.
Photo above is a group of trees planted together. Here the trees are growing in winter rainfall and still going strong. This is a very adaptable aloe.
Aloe littoralis tree aloe growing in our aloe and succulent water saving garden Aloe litorallis is a tree aloe that may grow at least to 3 meter high. It is special in that it blooms very young and small for a tree aloe.The aloe in centre front is an Aloe aculeata x Aloe zebrina hybrid. It grows without problem but I would have liked it to bloom more often than skipping a year ever so often.
It is a pity that the aloe and messemb do not bloom together for the photos.
The messembs should be beautiful this year.
Below Aloe littoralis in habitat that is near Windhoek Namibia .
The inflorescence of Aloe litorallis is impressive as is the whole plant.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tree aloesFew gardens have the space or very strict conditions to grow these extraordinary "tree aloes", but it is worth the space and trouble. These plants never fail to attract attention to a garden. The tree aloes are under discussion and it seems that a change of classification might be done in the near future. It should be available on the www .
Aloe pilansii the top of the range of "must have" for the serious and experienced aloe gardeners. It is also the most difficult of the tree aloes to grow - if you are able to get one!
That is me very honoured to stand next to this tree aloe in habitat. Take a look at that habitat. Near to impossible to create and even if you live in semi-desert the chemical make-up of the soil plays a role too.
below:- Aloes of this group known as tree aloes growing in the Vanrhynsdorp nursery. The nursery is situated in habitat of these aloes which makes it much easier to cultivate them. Tree aloes from this Vanrhynsdorp nursery has been transported by air at great cost to quite a few gardens public and private world wide.more difficult than Aloe dichotoma when grown out of habitat.
On the photo above; Aloe dichotoma, is on the left. Aloe dichotoma x Aloe ramosissima hybrid growing to the right is easier to cultivate and grows faster than either one of the two species.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Kalanchoe beharensisis a tree size succulent plant from Madagascar.
It keeps up the Kalanchoe legacy that is: hardy and it
grows very easy from leaves or pieces of stem.
even bigger bush if it was not that the branches are often blown off by the wind. The stems are not strong enough for the heavy leaves full of water.
Showing size of leaf. The bullterrier posed for size. One leaf will easy cover her head.
The pattern where the leaves were attached on the stem is
pretty. There is a hollow as if it was scooped out. Smooth and shiny. With points like thorns on the rim but these "thorns" where the leaves were attached are blunt and do not cut or scratch.
The inflorescence is very large and heavy.
It is a pity that the flowers are so very small but beautiful seen close-up striped in pale red pink and green.
The Kalanchoe genusvary from odd to interesting and beautiful succulent plants. For the most part popular. However there are a few species that are very hardy and grow easy from leaves or any piece of vegetation so that they are seen as weeds.
Kalanchoe bossveldiana, could be the most popular
species cultivated for beautiful flowers here in the Republic of South Africa. The plants are mostly sold in pots but they do best hanging.
Here on my rock garden wall the pink flowering one is
so pretty I bought the yellow flowering one this year.
There is a bright red one growing wild in the Kavango area. I must add an update photo some time
I am looking forward to the yellow flowering Kalanchoe
blooming as nice as the pink one next year.
The hanging aloes on the wall are a small species one from Madagascar to the left of the pink blooms. Then to the right three Aloe pendens from Yemen followed by a few Aloe hardii from South Africa.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Feed meThe theme in our garden is aloes with other water saving plants to keep it interesting.
Maybe "water wise gardening" fits the theme better. Any succulent and drought resistant plants which do not harm my aloes are welcome.
Strolling through the garden a few days ago, this scene triggered a memory.
That was very long ago I know - but does "feed me !!!!" ring a bell ?
This plant is so realistic to the plant in the musical that I could hear it say - "Feed me !!"
While taking this photo I had a strange feeling it might snap at my finger.
Now serious. This is a very easy water-wise plant that can grow well over a meter high. The hairy leaves are soft with a velvet touch.
It was cultivated from Kalanchoe beharensis from Madagascar.!
aha ... I knew it. I would expect something like that from Madagascar.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Euphorbia speciesIt is extraordinary how many Euphorbia there are and how much they differ from each other. The only way to know they are related is by the flowers.
Here is a photo of the tiny ground cover. The leaves are very small in dry weather. I added my finger tip for scale.
It was only recently that I found out that this old favorite ground cover was in fact an Euphorbia!
Never forget that the milky sap or latex of the Euphorbia plant is highly toxic. Especially in the eyes. There is one very fierce large tree size Euphorbia in the northern parts of South Africa where it is dangerous in habitat where those large plants grow to walk downwind when they are in bloom. Your eyes will start burning and you better cover the eyes and nose with a piece of cloth quickly.
Surprisingly the bees and butterflies love the flowers !
There are animals - even domestic cattle - that eat some of the Euphorbia species. This is life saving for the animals in Namaqualand and the Karoo.
I would like an assortment Euphorbia between the aloe
plants but most of the pretty or odd ones are rather difficult plants out of their habitat.