Paul (fremantlebiz) wrote,

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What flower is that?

Maybe it's something to do with climate change, because there have been a few succulents flowering in of garden this week. I don't recall them doing this so close to Christmas before. Indeed it's the first giant red flower we've ever had from the cactussy thingo we rescued in its old hanging basket from a verge throwout a few years ago. It flowered all day last Sunday before closing up. More familiar to us have been the creamy white moon cactus flowers on the right which open in the evenings for their one night stands. This flower was open for business last night. The plant was a gift from my mother before she passed away in 1995. It always reminds of her when it flowers. The orange and yellow flowers of the succulent living in a terra cotta flower box atop one of our limestone walls are much longer lasting than the cactuses. The current display has been going on for a couple of weeks and shows no sign of fading before Christmas.

Succulents flowering in our garden this week

Decades ago, well before the dawning of the internet there was a very popular illustrated Australian book titled What flower is that by Stirling Macoboy (1969). Its been in print ever since. I just checked our very old copy to see if I could better identify the plants above. I gave up.

© MMXII Paul R. Weaver.

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