It took over 6 weeks to get to that size and the growth was really slow. Then we finally got a bit of warmth and that made a big difference.
Over the course of a long weekend it grew, coloured up and the individual flowers started to open.
It makes going and coming back from work each day interesting as thre is noticable change.
There are a few other aloes in flower in the garden, the usual A. aristata, and a hybrid A. aristata x A. variegata. The A. striatula are a little behind ssome so there should be overlap there. Plus my variegated clump of A. saponaria.
I am going to leave polination to the bees, they love the aloe flowers and have got used to landing on them. Strangely we don't seem to have any honey bees, it is worrying. We do however have lots of bumble bees. They have been very persistent working out how to get into the aloe and echeveria flowers. It's funny to watch them fighting their way in.
They actually have quite a few flowers to choose from at the momet, the succulent rockeries are putting on quite a show. Some are subtle, other not so much.
The purple is still not going down well with either the OH or the bees. This is its third year in flower and still the bees don't go near it. The very occasional one will land on a flower and then mover straight on. The litte white dianthus on the other hand they spend ages on each flower and then move onto the next.
The echeveria elegans river of flowers was better than ever. In the evening the sun shines through them. I've been trying to get a photo, this is as good as I've managed so far. It still doesn't do it justice.
So are the Star of Bethlehem flowers. I love them, they really glow, but the bees don't seem to agree.
The plants are expensive in the UK, but I realised the bulbs are a fraction of the price. So come autumn I will be planting a lot of these throughout the garden. They are currently part of the new bed, which is coming along. There have been a few succulent purchases as the style developes. Hopefully we'll have a post on the new plants soon.