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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 10:07 pm

    They do look better don't they?? :D Though I do believe nature probably intended them to lie on the ground to make it easier for insects & flies to get in & pollinate them. Then again, as they are nearing time to open they do start hanging down like bells. :smile:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 04 Jan 2011, 9:21 pm

    The stapelia leendertziae "Carrion Flower" has quietly sprouted some buds in varying stages. A couple are nearly ready to open, one of which is in the middle of the plant. There are five of them.

    This is one of the two biggest buds. The other is above hiding in the plant.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 04 Jan 2011, 9:22 pm

    Another view of the five.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 04 Jan 2011, 9:23 pm

    These stapelia leendertziae are very unusual plants.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 04 Jan 2011, 9:26 pm

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    Post by Dawn on Tue 04 Jan 2011, 11:47 pm

    Gosh Joy , a real good bloomer is this one :dance:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 05 Jan 2011, 12:29 pm

    It certainly is, Dawn. :good: If I had room, I'd cut off some of the older (no longer flowering) stems & grow new plants from them. :apgch: Then we would get more stinky stapelia leendertziae flowers. :whistle:
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    Post by Dawn on Wed 05 Jan 2011, 8:14 pm

    :lol!: :smile:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 05 Jan 2011, 9:42 pm

    :cool4: :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:00 pm

    There are two stapelia leendertziae "Carrion Flowers" open today, much to the delight of the local flies. :smile: They do smell a bit & I suspect that these aren't all local flies but, also, some that have travelled quite a distance to find the dead cow. :sick2: :whistle:



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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:02 pm

    Here are the six flowers & buds, presently on the stapelia leendertziae.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:04 pm

    A fly investigating the delights of this smelly stapelia leendertziae flower. :lol2:



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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:05 pm

    This is the sixth bud which I didn't discover until recently.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:06 pm

    The other flower.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:07 pm

    Hiding in amongst the "foliage".



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    Post by Dawn on Sun 09 Jan 2011, 1:29 am

    :clap: they're great they love it where you are !
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    Post by Joy on Sun 09 Jan 2011, 9:31 am

    They are doing well, aren't they, Dawn?? :cool4: The other stapelia - stapelia gigantea - seems to be slower growing. Do hope it will flower soon but there is no sign of buds yet. :huh2:
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    Post by Dawn on Sun 09 Jan 2011, 6:12 pm

    Yes I hope so too Joy! :hello:
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    Post by Joy on Sun 09 Jan 2011, 9:05 pm

    Perhaps it is feeling crowded out by the stapelia leendertziae as it is squished in between it & a hoya on steroids. :lol2:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 3:46 pm

    A rain spattered stapelia leendertziae "Carrion Flower" flower. Don't know how a desert plant copes with so much rain. :whistle:



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    Post by Dawn on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 4:26 pm

    Joy wrote:Perhaps it is feeling crowded out by the stapelia leendertziae as it is squished in between it & a hoya on steroids. :lol2:

    When I read this yesterday it sent me into hysterics :donald: "a hoya on steroids" loveit!!! :lol2:
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    Post by Dawn on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 4:29 pm

    Well they don't seem to worry about it judging how they grow so well.:good: Maybe because when it gets as hot as it does where you are it dries out so quick ??. You must have done good with the drainage too! It is stinky so it needs a regular shower i reckon :sick2:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 5:35 pm

    Dawn wrote:
    Joy wrote:Perhaps it is feeling crowded out by the stapelia leendertziae as it is squished in between it & a hoya on steroids. :lol2:

    When I read this yesterday it sent me into hysterics :donald: "a hoya on steroids" loveit!!! :lol2:

    :lol2: I cannot believe just how big this hoya is, Dawn. :o It has even sent runners up the brick walls, clinging, like an octopus's tentacle suckers, to it. :O When I investigated, there was a heap of growth hanging down the back where I couldn't see it. It is soooooooooooooo much bigger than our other hoyas. They are meant to be slow growers, too, that is why I think it is on steroids. ;)

    If it wasn't sitting beside the recycling bin I would take more pics of it. :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 5:39 pm

    Dawn wrote:Well they don't seem to worry about it judging how they grow so well.:good: Maybe because when it gets as hot as it does where you are it dries out so quick ??. You must have done good with the drainage too! It is stinky so it needs a regular shower i reckon :sick2:

    The drainage capabilities of the potting mix is excellent, Dawn, in fact, it may be too good. :apgn: When I water them it runs straight through. :lol!: They do tend to be sheltered from most of the rain we have but at the moment they are in the line of fire. :whistle:
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    Post by Dawn on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 6:10 pm

    Joy wrote:
    Dawn wrote:
    Joy wrote:Perhaps it is feeling crowded out by the stapelia leendertziae as it is squished in between it & a hoya on steroids. :lol2:

    When I read this yesterday it sent me into hysterics :donald: "a hoya on steroids" loveit!!! :lol2:

    :lol2: I cannot believe just how big this hoya is, Dawn. :o It has even sent runners up the brick walls, clinging, like an octopus's tentacle suckers, to it. :O When I investigated, there was a heap of growth hanging down the back where I couldn't see it. It is soooooooooooooo much bigger than our other hoyas. They are meant to be slow growers, too, that is why I think it is on steroids. ;)

    If it wasn't sitting beside the recycling bin I would take more pics of it. :whistle:

    Joy! don't worry about the re-cycle bin I would love a pic, I used to have a Hoya I think it was the Carnosa when I lived in Melkbosstrand, I would love to see one again :)
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    Post by Joy on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 9:34 pm

    This one is a "Royal Hawaiian", Dawn. The other three are "Australis", a very slow grower, mindorensis, growing a bit faster, & "Indian Rope" which is growing more quickly than it is supposed to, as well. None of them are in a good spot for easy pic taking. May have to move them so we can, at least, see them. They don't have a "proper" home yet on out back patio. :O

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