Weekly Photo Challenge: Change of Seasons

In my neck of the woods, Aloe flowerspikes scream Change of Season almost as much as cars with northern license plates! 😉  While puttering in my rear garden this morning, I noticed an Aloe Ciliaris  sporting a healthy looking inflorescense:

Aloe Ciliaris Flower Spike, 12/14/12

Like most aloes, A. Ciliaris hails from Africa (mine came from Target, though! ha! 😉 ) When planted from seed, this vining climber grows FAST, but often takes 2-3 years to bear bright orange/red flowers. In their fully opened state, the flowers are approximately an inch long and tubular shaped, hanging in loose clusters from cone shaped racemes.

Until next time…..

🙂 🙂

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22 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Change of Seasons

  1. I do like Aloes so much, but alas, they do not like our climate! So I will enjoy them on your site instead!

    • Before i was able to grow them outside, my various apts/houses were bursting with succulents . If I thought the window afforded enough sun, I plopped them on sills or hung them from hooks. Looking back I realize I sort of over did it! 🙂

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  2. Ah, shouldn’t be long before the snowbirds arrive! My in-laws used to go to Florida every winter with some of their friends and neighbors. They all had trailers/mobile homes at the same place. Then there were the summer trailers in northern Wisconsin. I thought it was nice that they even enjoyed traveling with their friends!

    • Yes, the influx of northern winter residents is upon us ! I love it though, because it means Festival Season ramps up. Every weekend from January thru April there are fun things happening and it’s due to their arrival. 🙂
      Your in-laws lifestyle sounds similar to my stepdad’s parents who did the Silver Stream trailer thing with several close couples/friends. Eventually, they bought a house here in Vero Beach (in the 1940s) and upon their death, it passed to my stepdad and mother; the rest, as they say, is history.

  3. I love aloes. So useful for burns and healing, as well as looking lovely in the garden.
    Thanks too for the ‘Like’ on my blog! 🙂

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