You may not be excited,
but I am.
Whilst watering this Aloe mawii, one of the pride and joys of my collection, I discovered that not only is this incredibly handsome species going to flower for the first time, it is also offsetting, sprouting a second head in the leaves just below this bud.
This is a species of tree aloe from Malawi, Mozambique and southern Tanzania, trunking to around 2m when mature; they don't all divaricate and this one will hopefully end up a shapely and extra-floriferous plant.
Also popping its flower cherry this year is my Aloe rupicola, another tree aloe species relatively uncommon in cultivation.
I think this plant is around 7 years old now and about a metre high. The species hails from really shitty rocky hills and scarps in a single region of Angola at an altitude of around 1800m. I keep it mostly dry over winter but our temps here in New Zealand have never bothered it.
And finally we have one of my pair of Aloe conifera, a Madagascan species with scented yellow flowers; another first-timer. The other plant hasn't budded up visibly yet but fingers crossed.
Not sure what's coming at you this week since a stretch of unwintery weather has given us a window to frenziedly undertake all the outdoor shit we neglected over autumn. Stay tuned.