This is the third time my Bear Paws have bloomed in my care. The flowers look like little yellow bells and they last surprisingly long – sometimes a couple of weeks.
This week is going to be rainy and windy with pretty much no chance of sun. My Hoyas gave me something nice to look at, now that I can’t go outside on my walks – 2 huge flower umbels on my Hoya carnosa “krimson queen”, 3 umbels on my Hoya cumingiana and 5 on my Hoya bella. When I wake up in the morning, my living room smells like all sorts of candy mixed together.
The cumingiana and bella have both been blooming constantly for the last couple of months, developing new peduncles as the old ones fall off.
The flowers on my Gymnocalycium mihanovichii look like cotton candy 🌸 This time the cactus grew a whopping 10 flower buds and today 4 of them bloomed at the same time. I didn’t have to race home to see the flowers fully open, either, because the weather was fantastic today. Usually, this one only decides to bloom on cloudy days while I’m at work, so they start to close up much earlier in the day.
I didn’t think my Hoya carnosa “krimson queen” would bloom this year. But while checking the leaves for pests, I noticed a nice and large flower umbel well hidden underneath the leaves. I’ve never seen so many flowers on a Hoya before. I didn’t know they were fluffy, either. Turns out they have a very faint scent of chocolate.
I reanimated my old iPhone 6 just to take these photos with the macro lens I bought specifically for this phone, so the quality of these images isn’t great. I just wanted to see my Hoya flowers up close. The Hoya cumingiana photo turned out pretty well, I think. They look like little shooting stars.
I was having problems with the round trellis for my Hoya cumingiana because the vines are too stiff to properly wrap around the metal wire. It looked like a hot mess, so I carefully removed the trellis and let all of the vines hang loose. I had no idea how long the vines were! When I stretch them out, they can reach the bottom of my window sill, hanging from the top of the window.
The plant doesn’t look like it suffered too much from being unwrapped, but it did lose a few leaves here and there. The almost naked parts of the vines is the result of a couple of spider mite infestations. Luckily, I haven’t seen any spider mites since fall.
Now it’s easier to appreciate the flowers, too!
Not much to say. These flowers are amazing! 🌸
This morning I woke up to a sweet scent in my living room. Initially I thought my Hoya bella flowers were the source, but I was able to track it down to a different plant. Turns out my Hoya cumingiana decided to bloom without my knowledge. All I had to do was turn the plant and there they were – 3 new flower umbels right next to each other!
The weather has been kind of nice lately. Several of my cacti and succulents have bloomed already, now including my big old Astrophytum ornatum. As you can see in the bottom of this picture, my slightly discolored Astrophytum coahuilense is developing its first flower bud, too. I’ve had that one for 5 years and it’s finally happening!
This year’s first Hoya bloom is here! My Hoya bella blooms more often than any of my other Hoyas and the blooms are adorable. They have such a nice and sweet scent. You can’t really tell it’s blooming unless you look for the buds underneath the leaves.