Saturday, April 10, 2010

Did we learn anything?





Most puya are indigineous to the mountains of Peru and Chile. The puya inflorescence pictured here is about 9 feet tall, and the “grove” at the Huntington should be in full bloom within the month. Certain puya varieties, and this may be one, can take from 80 to 150 years before producing the first flower. When finally in full flower, the colors are incandescent. I don’t know if Mr. Dinosaur gave these to Mrs. Dinosaur, but their look and habit indicate the primitive.

Speaking of primitive, rare, and educational, the only footage left from the infamous Albert post. His hat trick:





27 comments:

Desiree said...

Not sure what I'm supposed to have learned by now, but I love the post. Albert, however, appears a bit blase about the whole thing.

Virginia said...

Hot dog I'm first. The puyas are a little disappointing KB, but what would a southerner know about pointy deserty plants!

As for Albert's hat trick. I'd say that boy deserves a little treat. Smoochie smooch Big A!

And I'm all for a NON politically correct day on the blogs where everyone takes their butts off their shoulders for just one day. Hell, you can't say a damn thing anymore without somebody getting their panties in a wad. Well know, I've had my little rant and I feel world's better.

Virginia said...

Hot dog, I was second. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

Where are the flowers?

bandit said...

Always first in my book, Ms V.

So that's a puya? Gol dang if that ain't a pretty thing.

Give 'er Hell, Al.

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Albert's hat trick? Very cool, Karin! Also, we love the Huntington. That was back when robber barons did cool stuff with their fortunes. The Getty is another great example. Now they just fund the misbehavior of the likes of Paris Hilton.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Dang, Puya just isnt' a band? I bet the blooms are awesome. 100 years??? I bet we humans are all bloomed out after 100 years.

Thanks to Albert for recreating his trick. What a dude!

Cafe Observer said...

Not sure what you trying to say about us dogs, or others, with this latest posting.

BANJO52 said...

I'm so gullible I wonder if Albert really did flip the hat up onto his head.

Nice cactus, I guess. I know people who move from the East to your climate and flora and love it (esp. Tucson). Did it take you and the other SoCal emigres here a long time to warm up (no pun meant) to the landscape there?

Virginia said...

How about a little contest to see how many typos I had in my first comment. I could get all anal and delete the whole thing and then try and remember what I wrote. You just fine em and correct em in yo head and we'll call it a day.
V

altadenahiker said...

Oh Banjo, next you'll say you don't believe in the tooth fairy.

You're right, Terry. The RB's knew how to live and how to die.

Bandit's my friend; the rest of you with your noses in the air, wait until Virg gets out here. She'll shoot a puya to knock your socks off. Just don't ask her to spell it.

Paula said...

I learned what an inflorescence is - grazie - and that Albert is awesome. Awesome Albert.

Tash said...

Always knew Albert was JUST DO IT kind of guy!
The flower color is beastly.

Tash said...

PS - We sure did! ... I learned that I've gotta watch the news once in a while. Or just TV.
Thx K. (& Brenda for the Earl clue) - for keeping me from being a dope.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Nice shots and images !! I loved reading this post !!

Shell Sherree said...

That photo with the bee is really quite gorgeous! But nothing beats Albert's hat trick. Here's a smoochie smooch from me, too, dear Albert.

BaysideLife said...

The puyas certainly do look primal, but beautiful. Love the little pollinating bee.

I guess I missed Albert's first post, but he's a sweetie and very clever. I've got an "Albert" here but she never gets dressed up by herself. Wait'll I show her Albert's feat.

Anonymous said...

OK, he chose the nike grey ... turning into white.

Christina said...

The puyas a crazy beautiful with their dark teal flowers. I've never seen a flower that color before.

Albert is a charmer.

Christina said...

Also, great job catching the bee on the flower. It's hard to catch them holding still. Nice work!

Amy said...

Ms. Cavewoman loved using those puyas to spruce up the pad.

Albert steals the show. Like dogs do. :)

TheChieftess said...

Albert is such a clever boy!!!

Being a native Californian I'm rather interested in that there Puya!!! Can't say I've ever seen one before...but it does have an interesting point of view!!!

I like the second pic with the bee...very nice AH, did you sneak on over to Birmingham and take that class with our friend Virginia???

Pasadena Adjacent said...

A reminded that my pass to the Huntington has lapsed. I tend to think of the cactus garden in the fall when all the aloe are in bloom. This is plant is Alice in Wonderland.

I see Albert is not one for dressing up. Tickles and kibble Albert

altadenahiker said...

Actually, I think this is the best season to visit the Huntington. All the cacti are coming into bloom and so are the aloes.

I saw a service dog there yesterday that looked just like Albert. How do they get black labs to behave like that?

Virginia said...

It's too late for Albert KB. Just love him as is.

So will I get to see some pointy stuff?

Margaret said...

Be sure to tell us if the puyas bloom so we can check it out. Did Albert really do that? I'm impressed.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I noticed that some of the aloe are in bloom (even one of my own). Maybe tomorrow I'll get over to renew my membership. I'm so intrigued by this plant. Better then the stink plant