It must be at least ten years since we visited St. Mary's, the largest island within the Scilly Isles archipelago lying a short plane or boat ride off Land's End in Cornwall. It was there that I found this Echeveria - they come in many varieties, big, small, grey-green, lilac or reddish, smooth, hairy or downy. These Succulents along with cacti thrive out of doors on the Scilly isles because of the warmth that they receive from the Gulf Stream flowing all around the islands. My succulent was growing in a mossy stone wall surrounding an old church, I 'rescued' it, and ever since it has lived happily in the conservatory. I like it's soft green leaves and shape - it must like living here as it has grown much bigger.
My blogging friend Gina showed a plant growing in her greenhouse here which unexpectedly started to sprout, and she wondered whether it might flower. That very same week I noticed changes happening with my plant too.
Echeveria were discovered in the Mexican desert by botanist Antansio Echeverría y Godoy in the c19th, and can have pink, yellow, orange or red flowers - I am thinking the flower might be yellow! but H's choice is pink!
what colour do you think?
I have just come across an article suggesting that when an Echeveria flowers it is telling you: "I like it here".
The Echeveria flowers have arrived and they are yellow
In the garden Spring rushed in very early, but then growth rapidly stopped with the sudden prolonged cold spell putting everything behind schedule. The flowers now seem to be in a hurry to 'catch up' and several of the ones below are already in decline
This large Horse Chestnut tree was a mere sapling when we came here 20 years ago.
As this week draws to a close I shall be taking my usual annual trip down memory lane.