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One year in the life

Lithops helmutii june 14
Lithops helmutii
, C271, june 2014.

helmutii 2
Lithops helmutii
, C271, july 2014.

helmutii year 3
Lithops helmutii
, C271, august 2014

helmutii 4
Lithops helmutii
, C271, september 2014, at their new location, at full sun and full rain if there is rain. Up to now, L. helmutii has been the fastest growing of all. The one on the top right measures 22 x 13 x 24mm high.

on year in the life of helmutii
Lithops helmutii
,  C271,  october 2014,  first loss.  The shadow of a nearby Ruellia is not enough, temperatures still high and first showers did not add to my abilities.

first years helmutii 6
In november, after heavy rainfall, the gaps of every helmutii widens again, and the little bodies gain full turgor.  Once established,  they  seem  to  manage the unusual rain quite well.
Lithops helmutii enero 2015
January 2015; L. helmutii are shrivelling and preparing for their moult.

helmutii 8: moult

Not looking so happy now, april 2015, the new pair of leaves not yet ready and the old pair not gone, Lithops hemutii as most Lithops have a hard time when changing leaves.

First Year

salicola II 1
Lithops salicola
.   August,  2014.  The big one  is 23 x 17 mm.  Just got their first watering.
Salicola 2
The same plants one month later. The big one is 25 x 18 mm.
first year salicola 3
After Three months, in november, after heavy rainfalls and the first colder nights. Still no buds to see, so I think this year there won’t be any flowers. The tiny seedlings are runaways from a nearby Anacampseros namaquensis.
first year 4 salicola
Colder nights and rain has done it, the first flower opened in mid december. That is late, but due to the unusual high night temperatures we had this autumn. The flower is quite big, so I’m expecting a wonderful blooming next year.

one year in the life of a living stone

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


Lithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81 A,    February 2014


Lithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81 A,    March 2014


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

one year optica  8

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.