tonight I´m so happy! I am PRIVILIGED to see a flower of Huernia quinta 'Strydam Tunnel' (in German: Strydamm ^^ ) on my own balcony!!!! If I consider how rarely these plants do me such a favour!
It´s the second day the flower bud has opened. However the petals haven´t completely unfolded yet! I wonder if this is because the sun reaches my Ascleps only late in the afternoon. I have moved the pot to a new place where the sun hits it at about 12:30 pm.
I have made pictures before it´s too late, ya know?! These flowers don´t last for long....unfortunately!
An image made with flash light.
The leaves have actually developed countless rudiments of flower buds but only this single bud finally resulted in a flower. *sigh* Our climate is way too instable for those plants I assume and I´d do better with a heated and perhaps even illuminated greenhouse. If I could only afford that....
Provided I´ll have a completely open flower later this day (tomorrow in UK ;-) ) I´ll add a few more images (before my stepfather demands his digital camera back *hrhrhr* ).
Anyway I hope you already love this incomplete flower.
Now something more serious!
I have fought badly to keep my plant collection and to care properly for my plants over the years since I have become unable to work. Slowly I have to realise that it is impossible to afford all these plants anymore! And worse: I continuously lose plants - carnivores and particularly Lithops which I fell in love with so much! You may say this is normal, but I lose a bit more than the normal amount. My conditions just aren´t appropriate enough. It´s inexpressively hard for me to decide stop growing plants in the long run! Meaning I will stop purchasing new plants, stop swapping, stop propagating and sowing and I will eventually decrease the number of plants continually! It´s very sad for me but inevitable.
I guess Aidan dislikes reading I won´t buy anymore plants. But what can I do? I´d need to win the jackpot of a lottery.... We never know and maybe there´ll be better times somewhere in the future. I hope your business will run to your best, Aidan. All the time I was dreaming to be able to visit your Open Day one day. It wasn´t possible for me.
Oh, by the way, Stephen: I have noticed a flower bud on the Huernia zebrina you sent me! Not sure though if it will end in a flower because weather will turn autumn-like again next week. It´s a very nice specimen...still embarrassed about my unfelicitous phrasing about the spider mites...ahem... I hope you aren´t mad at me anymore. ;o)
Edited by Andreas, 06 September 2013 - 11:06 PM.