Tough Guys

These survivors deserve their own TV show.

The dead auricula flower on the left bloomed last November, the remaining unopened buds on the same truss waited through the winter, and now one of them, on the right, is about to open. That’s two pips on the same truss opening six months apart.


The lewisia, too, mistook last year’s late fall for an early spring and began blooming again in October. One bunch of buds came too late and had to wait out the winter. Here it is opening its first flower six months later. This season’s new buds can be seen around the base of the plant. When they come into bloom, the plant will be a fireworks display. Notice also the tiny seedlings popping up between the leaves (above, bottom left).

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