Jun 29, 2011
Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana Star of Brazil
Here I used two regional varieties of the fantastic Dyckia fosteriana to produce this beauty.
Dyckia fosteriana is native to Paraná One of the three southern Brazilian States.
It is used to cold and resist temperatures well bellow freezing.
Here in Brazil they are all winter blooming plants and
are very proliferous in terms of flowers.
they all produce large orange
Posted by Constantino at 10:02 AM
Jun 27, 2011
What a honor to be mentioned here.
I want to share this with all my friends around the world. I won´t name any
but I must say thank you to all of them.
I am honored and most pleased.
Posted by Constantino at 8:56 PM
Jun 26, 2011
Well, if you do not care to dare you won´t go anywhere
Aechmea recurvata is found here in the South in many colors and forms. Their flower bractea may vary from almost white to deep dark wine and the petals can be white, blue, lilac and many more... almost every tree has a population perched on some of its branches. Sometimes these populations are so huge when it rains the branch is cracked down to the soil.
This one here is a rupiculous one found at the extreme South Brazilian border close to Uruguay.
Now what about a
Aechphytum or a Orthomea?
I shall try....am I being too bold and stubborn?
Maybe...who cares to dare?
Later i will tell the results and maybe even show them...
Posted by Constantino at 6:58 PM
Jun 25, 2011
Dyckia Bill Paylen
These two Bill Baker-s masterpieces seems to be matched in bloon and
this gives wings to my dreams...
Dyckia Brittle Star
(Both plants above were Mr.S. Ball gifts to me.)
Future is not ours to see,what will be will be?
No! Not anymore as this charming old song says.
Future is ours to see and hope God to live!
We must dare to prepare the future new beauties, the new hybrids, new looks.
If we do not dare the future is bound to be a drab one.
Today resulted from the once dreamed dreams, someone´s dreams.
We shall have ours maybe in the future entice new dreamers to
have dreams of their own...and so to go on till the end of times
The future is ours to see!!!!
Dyckia Estrela Brasileira or Dyckia Star of Brazil
Posted by Constantino at 9:57 AM
Jun 24, 2011
Here you see a single seedling and three growing points.
Notice the small plants are already coloring up.
Dyckia Liz Taylor
....endumented and colorful....
since so young and small...
Posted by Constantino at 9:15 AM
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Dyckia beatea var. Barra do Garças-MT
This is one of the three Dyckia beateae varieties known up to now.
Maybe in the future it will be decided the three varieties are in fact threes species but
this is all conjectures. The first and well known abroad is a a yellowish and big plant bearing conspicuous yellow curved spines and the second is a smaller plant that tends to be solely rich reddish under the fierce Sun. All very good looking plants
I do enjoy the hybrids and I think nothing can be more nature preserving than hybrids as they are or tend to be beautiful plants designed to our wishes and needs...but..always a but, in Dyckias everything is quite different. When one crosses two different looking Dyckias no matter hybrids or species, we hardly have an army of very same looking individuals but many different ones. also we can repeat many times the very same procedure and get to also different results never matching the first one. This results in a very sad practical consequence: hybrids can be very very very rare plants. Much rarer than the parents may be.
One special hybrid Dyckia can be just an only one on the globe. This is just a bit commoner than a Dodo (living or dead). A single being that only reproduces itself by self division or basal sprouts as its descend is always a true guessing with many possibilities but never the same looks will emerge in F1, F2 .....to the end. So one think we may be sure every Dyckias has its only and unique beauty.
We shall have one day a n army of man made Dyckia Bill Paylen, Dyckia Brittle Star, Dyckia Estrela Brasileira ...the future is not ours to see and what will be will be, que será, será...( The beautiful song performed by Doris Day)
Below we see a fantastic beautiful true Dyckia goheringii, maybe the most beautiful Dyckia species found up to now. Notice how similar is its arrangement to the above plant.
Now what about a marriage here or just a night stand (D. goehringii is polinated by night.)?
Will the resulting plants be very similar to their parents only differently colored?
Que será, será!
Posted by Constantino at 10:11 AM
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
Dyckia marnier-lapostollei (Big blue giant variety)
Here are the parents of my Dyckia Dancing Dervish
Below we see the stunning hybrid Dyckia Dancing Dervish
Still very yong seedling but already revealing their beauty.
They will be entirely white and deep plants with leaves less broad than the mother plant one
and big spines. Dyckias are so they allow us to make our own memorable beauties. Some no one has seen before, some there are no others all around the globe....
Posted by Constantino at 6:13 PM