Stapelia

I’m a star!

My wise old grandmother

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When my wise old grandmother (MWOG) gave me a poor section of her yard in 1966 to create my own little garden, I discovered cactus and succulents. Just six months after I started my garden, it was blooming with flowers.

The first flower to bloom was a succulent, a Stapelia.

I was so proud of it that I dragged MWOG out to see it.

She said, “You’re a star.”

Can you see why?

Stapelia

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That’s the actual plant, although the picture is from 1977 at my first apartment in Houston after graduating from Texas A&M University. I had that plant up until 1993 when I moved to San Diego and left it behind in Texas.

I’ve never found that specific species of Stapelia again, but when I was in Palm Springs for a home inspection a few days ago, I found two of them:

Stapelia

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Stapelia

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Stapelia

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On my way home from Palm Springs, I stopped at one of the North County plant nurseries and found a Stapelia for my back patio garden. This morning it bloomed:

Stapelia

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So, whaddaya think? Was MWOG right? Am I a star?

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25 thoughts on “I’m a star!

  1. artzent

    Well good gosh! You helped it to bloom for heavens sake! That’s star enough. I believe that plants know when you like them. I have a Texas Ebony bonsia sp? that is almost 100 years old. I wont tell you when I got it but it was at my sisters nursery in Vero Beach, FL.I admired it and she gave it to me as a gift. It has been all across the US with me when ever I moved and always took the trip like a trooper. I will blog about it one day.

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  2. starlight

    Those are beautiful! love them.. i haven’t seen that kind in the plant nursery near my area.. i’m fond of any star-shaped object, i have a star pendant, star keyholderchains, star memo holder, star clips, my kitty is named STAR, and i am STARLIGHT. Love your post.

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  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    I love Zoey the cool cat’s approvals 🙂

    You’ve done your wise old grandmother justice. The garden shots are illustrious. The star shaped cactus is just lovely 🙂

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