Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cubist flowering

"Hey, come outside and check this," said Pammy, "Cubey Guy is flowering."

Cubey guy?

"In the succulent patch... Cubey Guy... I don't know its name, but it's flowering," she replied to my quizzical look.

Indeed she was correct: Cubey Guy was flowering.

After never knowing its name for years, recently with the help
of Lithops aficionado Ngeun, I now know that this blooming

cubist person is Corpuscularia lehmannii. You can see where
Pammy got 'Cubey Guy' from, though. And with Corpuscularia
being one of the harder-to-remember, if not forgettable, names
in the already difficult world of succulent botanical names,
I fully suspect that Cubey Guy is Cubey Guy from now on.

There are only about five flowers on the whole plant and each
is small, just 1cm or so across, and shy, palest pink.

Growth has been slow but steady in its new home; in fact I had
to check an older photo taken last spring to confirm that, yes
indeed, Cubey Guy has grown a fair bit in fact.
STOP PRESS! Hold on a moment, folks. I posted these photos above of Cubey Guy this morning, and this afternoon the sun has come out strongly and guess what? Cubey has really burst into full bloom in glorious style. It has all happened in just two hours, so here are three hot-off-the-press pix of Cubey in his full yellow, sun-worshipping glory!

Hope you don't mind the dramatics, but I just had to set the record straight. Now, we resume normal transmission.

Cubey's neighbour doesn't have a nickname but it is in bloom
now, too. This is Echeveria 'Topsy Turvey', a most unusual
member of the popular group of succulents which a lot of
readers would know as 'hen and chickens', the rosette-shaped
echeverias with the grey-blue foliage.

Topsy Turvey is a magnificent weirdo, the kind
of plant that you'd be likely to see on an alien
planet, or at least standing in as an extra in the
background on a Star Trek movie.
When it isn't sending up spectacular flower stalks in February,
'Topsy Turvey' is still quite a remarkable looking plant, as
this photo taken last December shows. You can kind-of, sort-of
see a bit of echeveria family resemblance there, but only just.
Nearby in the succulent patch, this plant isn't flowering yet, it's
just warming up before it bursts into bloom in autumn. This
is Sedum 'Autumn Joy', and if all goes according to plan this
could be covered in a vividly colourful mass of either red, pink
or pinky-brown blooms. I'm not sure what colour it will be and
so until then Pammy and I will just have to live with the suspense.


Lithopsland said...

What a delight to see cubey guy bloom, & such delicate display of colours; beautifully captured too Jamie. I have to agree that there's nothing normal about the succulent world, for the better I think. :)

Jamie said...

Thanks for that Lithopsland, but please have another look at my posting above, as I have just added three new photos of Cubey's flowers fully opened, and they're a gorgeous bright lemon-yellow, with faintly pinky tips..

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy said...

Cubey guy appears to be a landbased sea anemone.

Catherine said...

Ha! Cubey guy! Fabulous moniker. Although I think it's got to be plural. Cubey guys. As in corpuscularia - a collection of bodies. Sounds a bit sinister really.

Helen Johnstone said...

I wonder if it should be cubey girl with all those flowers. I love succulents.

Lithopsland said...

A-ha! Great flower photos Jamie! The full blooms look even better & look more akin to the ones in google search. Cubizoid is quite a wonderful performer!! Thank you. :D

Sue @ FiveCourseGarden said...

I love how Cubey looks like a green version of the stones he's growing on. The neighbour looks like a Beaky to me... appropriate given it's a hen and chicken relative. Lovely photos.