Yesterday a Flower Feast was on its way but that the party was planned for today is a big surprise. This cactus is, including flowers 20 cm high (‘small’ if you prefer) and the largest diameter is 11 cm. Total: 14 party gangsters waiting for Bee-Business.
… originates from East Africa. Originally thought from the Arabic countries in the North-East (hence the specie name) but later insight learns that it most probably is endemic to Tanzania or Kenya. Whatever, it’s a beautiful flower.
Dormancy in the garden … well … every plant needs some rest; very human like 😀
Cycads date back a few hundred million years and survived the Dino- and other Saurussen. In Southern Africa alone there are 65 species; in our garden we have seven (all with an official permit) of which two species are threatened with extinction. There is a lively ‘trade’ in cycads; i.e. poaching in nature and exporting them as ferns or palms (what do customs know?). Seemingly economics are prioritised above nature by government officials and that is sad. Anyway yesterday I pictured a leaf of one of those pre-historic plants.