My Garden in Bloom – February 2019

Looking through my february photographs I am amazed at the number of different flowering plants.

The weather in February was a mixed bag of sun and rain, and our in-house weather station recorded temperatures as low as 4C at night while rising to over 22C plus on several occasions during the day.

Spring Bulbs – February

It is  heartening to see the experiment of leaving the bulbs to die down in the pots then storing in the dry earth during the summer paid off. In previous years I’ve lifted the bulbs, stored in the garage and they’ve rotted in the high humidity.

Freesia

In October, I emptied the pots, changed the earth and replanted the bulbs along with any newly formed bulblet..(or whatever baby bulbs are called).

Freesias Flowering in February
Freesia Flowering in February

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Stunning Freesia in February
Stunning Freesia in February

These daffodils were disappointing. Insignificant flowers on long stalks not worth valuable display space. Free to good home.

Are Daffodils boring or is it just me?
Are these Daffodils boring or is it just me?

I loved this one.

Frilly Daffodil
Frilly Daffodil

I much prefer Growing bulbs in containers
than planting directly in the ground

Succulents and Cacti in Flower – February

I was surprised to discover just how many succulents flowered in January and February!

Aloe Ferox or Cape Aloe

 

Agave
Aloe Ferox or Cape Aloe
Mammillaria backebergiana
Mammillaria backebergiana
Mammillaria backebergiana

Kalanchoe daigremontiana – Mexican Hat Plant 

This succulent spreads like an invasive weed. This particular plant is over 5ft tall!

Kalanchoe daigremontiana – Mexican Hat Plant t

Kalanchoe daigremontiana – Mexican Hat Plant

 

Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Variegata –  Variegated Lavender Scallops

Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Variegata -  Variegated Lavender Scallops
Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Variegata –  Variegated Lavender Scallops

 

Species Unknown?

red leaved succulent with red flowers
red leaved succulent with red flowers

Lithops –Living Stones

I’d given up on this living stone succulent when it rotted due to overwatering. I let it dry out, then let it fend for itself in the nursery. I’d completely forgotten its existence when I happened to notice this beautiful flower. What an unexpected surprise!

Flowering Stone plant -February
Flowering  Living Stone February

Cotyledon orbiculata Pig’s ears or Elk’s horn

This first started flowering in December!

 Cotyledon orbiculata Pig’s ears or Elk’s horn
Cotyledon orbiculata Pig’s ears or Elk’s horn

 

Species Unknown

The name of this succulent eludes me at the moment. Any suggestions? I know it seems to thrive in dappled shade.

Succulent with yellow flowers
Succulent with yellow flowers

Delosperma Cooperi (Ice Plant)
These colourful succulents have flowered since December. I do remove the faded flowers so perhaps this helps to extend their flowering period.

Delosperma Cooperi (Ice Plant)y
Delosperma Cooperi (Ice Plant)y

Flowering Plants

Cymbidium orchid

This cymbidium orchid first flowered in December. It lives outside under the terrace, in partial shade. (Early morning sun)

Orchid flowering in February
CYMBIDIUM ORCHID flowering in February

Strelitzia reginae – Bird of Paradise

For years this bird of paradise teased us with only one or two flowers per year. Last summer we added to the irrigation system, rather than let it fend for itself or water as and when we remembered, and it paid off.

bird of paradise in western algarve
Strelitzia reginae – Bird of Paradise

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Birds of paradise grow well in Portugal
Strelitzia reginae Birds of paradise grow well in Portugal

Winter Jasmine

The scent is divine! This grows in dappled shade on the edge of the terrace.

The sweet scent of Jasmine
The sweet scent of Jasmine

Petunia

Much to my surprise this plant, left over from one of my summer displays, was still flower in February.

Trailing petunia
Trailing petunia

Rockery

The Cape Daisy (Osteospermum) provides a stunning winter display!

lilac daisies
Cape Daisy (Osteospermum)

Also in bloom.

Red hibiscus
Gazanias
Lavender
Jade plant

That’s it for this month!

Related Post: My Garden in Bloom – January 2019

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      1. Aloe ferox sounds more accurate and more likely, since Aloe africanus is not commonly available in nurseries (although it might be there). I do not remember if the floral trusses of Aloe africanus branch like yous is, although Aloe ferox tends to branch more when more mature. I can not find Aloe africanus online either, but only found this brief mention from Evergreen Nursery:
        https://www.evergreennursery.com/aloe-africanus

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          1. The inaccuracies online (and elsewhere) do not help. To this day, I still do not know what a real Aloe vera looks like. Those sold locally as such could be any species of aloe that the grower happened to grow, and are more often Aloe arborescens. I happen to like Aloe arbroescens, but I would not pay money for it when they grow like weeds here.

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  1. Wow, Carole, what a wonderful array of flowers and plants!! You have a lovely garden. 🙂
    I REALLY like the Flowering Living Stone. It’s gorgeous.

    Blessings to you, Carole. Have a good weekend.
    Debbie

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