one year in the life of a living stone

Lithops optica rubra eneroLithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81 A,    January 2014

febrero

Lithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81 A,    February 2014

marzo

Lithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81 A,    March 2014

abril

Lithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81 A,    April 2014

Lithops rubroa mayo 14Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81A,  May 2014

L. optica 'Rubra' junioLithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81A, June 2014

optica rubra 8Lithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81A, August 2014

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And the year ended in August 2014 for all  Lithops optica ‘Rubra’.
Though in shadow, the heat from above and the isopods from
beneath did their work. The gardener helped, too, with a drink or two. It was quick, four days, and all that was left was dry and empty.

 

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Lithops dorotheae

Lithops dorotheae C300 17 days oldLittle tiny weeds they are! Sown last day of december 2013, the first Lithops dorotheae C300 germinated  two weeks later finding their way between big boulders of volcanic gravel. Still so green and delicate.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne month old, there is some colour now.

Lithops dorotheae 91 daysThree month old, barrel shaped, purple-grey cotyledons.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANearly four months, the first hatchling has appeared. Nice markings.

dorotheae 6Six months now, most hatchlings still keep their sun protection. Many have succumbed to  summer dryness, from some twentyandsomething there still are living fourteen.  At this stage they look very alike to seedlings of L. dinteri,  so it is a good advice to keep them apart when sowing.

Cymbalaria muralis

Cymbalaria muralis 1Dieses Kleinod ist möglicherweise mein absoluter  Favorit unter den Unkräutern. Es wächst in vielen Töpfen, allein und als Begleiter.
Cymbalaria 2Im Sommer häufiger als in den kühlen Monaten finden sich radiärsymmetrische Blütchen, die auf den ersten Blick wie ein Vergissmeinnicht wirken. Allerdings haben sie fünf Sporne, ein weiterer Hinweis auf die Sagenhaftigkeit dieser kleinen Pflanze. Cymbalaria muralis 3
Eine Blüte aus dem Nelfenreich.Cymbalaria muralis 4
Scheint so als hätten die Nelfen FlusenCymbalaria muralis 5
Gute Nachbarn, Cymbalaria und Paphiopedilum.

plantas y amistades – gorgeous weeds and how to grow them – wunderbare Unkräuter und wo sie zu finden sind