Jul 28, 2011
Dyckia hb Brittle Star
...original clone blooming by the very first time in Brazil
...and I guess I never told you
I am so happy that you´re mine...you´re always on my mind
You´ll be always by my side.
Posted by Constantino at 7:08 PM
Jul 27, 2011
Star of Brazil a myself made plant and the epitome of all hybrid Dyckias
and a Bill Braker masterpiece Dyckia Brittle Star.
This is a unique, single and only one moment as
Both plants are extra rare.
Star of Brazil is this one only.
Notice the influence of the fosteriana on Brittle Star.
From here I intend to bring up Dyckia hb Steve Ball a friend of Bill Baker and also a friend of mine.
It was thanks to Steve this plant is with me.
My eternal gratefulness!
Also I hope I can make Dyckia hb Miracle too from this match, also Dyckia hb Dreams.
Here I will tell the story behind this:
One Day I got an email saying something quite close to this. I am Steve Ball and I was Bill Baker´s friend and neighbour. I keep almost all of his plants and I admire your plants as this gives me inspiration.Would you like me to send you some including the genuine and original Brittle Star and the even better looking Bill Paylen?
I got dizzy and immediatly replied thanks but I can not afford them as I do not have the money to pay for.
I was so rude! I understood that when Steve answered: Who said anything about money? It is a gift!!!
But I can´t sand you any living plant, it is forbiden by law here in Brazil and it would take ages for your plants to get here, something close to 60 days, I even complained.
You do not need to send me anything, its a gift and I promise the box will arrive to your door in a week or so!
Now I almost fainted! I called out loud for Raquel and she stayed looking at me searching for bad sings as I have some health concerns of my own. I said to her, please read this and tell me I understood. Raquel speaks and reads English and German and she said: It does seems you´ve got a friend from the Milk and Honey Land. See, miracles do exist!
Oh, Lord Almighty... time stood still! Days were longer than months...and when I was thinking I had dreamed and a week later: the Brazilian Post Office yellow cargo stopped here: Mail for constantino, the post man yelled out loud and added: from the United States!!!
I garantee you can not feel even close to what I felt and the postman said: sign here, its everything prepaid already. I see you are happy, he added... He simply could not even make the slighthest idea....I was floating in mid air.Raquel and the three chow-chow dogs following me ...all around me. I thing when we are happy angels also want to be close to us.......one week only...a heavy large box....trembling hands and my heart trying to get out of my mouth....I had to sit down and deep breath...the box on my lap my hands on it.
Raquel, I said...this is not happening...tell me this is true, she handed me a razor for me to open the box.....
...full, full of marvels..the box was full!
..and from it came first Dyckia hb Bill Paylen...my eyes went fogged...then Dyckia Toothy Wolfgang...Dyckia Tarzan...Dyckia Son of Tarzan.......and then...and then there it was looking at me: Dyckia Brittle Star...
I may live a thousand years I will ever remember that day...and one day when Iáll be able to talk to angels I shall tell them this over and over and over till they get bored...
Posted by Constantino at 12:09 PM
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Dyckia so Lagoão Golden
This is one of the most beautiful of our Southeren species.
The plant gets greener during the winter when less and weaker light is present.
Its underleaf endument is richily colored by a rose pinkish hue tha it unique among Dyckias.
Posted by Constantino at 1:30 AM
Jul 22, 2011
Dyckia hb Luar do Sertão
Moonshine over the bushes
Made by myself and I have it as a perfection or almost that.
Notice the pinkish spines.
Posted by Constantino at 11:52 PM
Dyckia delicata cyanophylla
Simply the best,
better than all the rest.
Better than anything,
Better than anything,
anything I've ever seen.
This is just like a dream,
hope you know what I mean...
A refugee from paradise
and since then
Gods have searched in vain
They have thrown their dice
Posted by Constantino at 7:12 PM
Jul 21, 2011
Dyckia hebdingii in nature
Just one single plant, maybe more than 100 years old.
This species never sprouts! This is all done by crown divisions so
all these crowns are in fact the very same plant, same individual.
This picture was not taken by me.
Also notice no rossete isd perfectly uprigthed and this helps the plant not to hold water
in its center and propitiates the fungus development.
this plant can endure some mild frosts without any harm in fact it
is not at easy when living under a perpetual Summer.
It need some freezing cold chilling to show up its vigor and beauty.
Posted by Constantino at 8:50 AM
Dyckia sp gloriosa
I am repeating this but I think this is worthwhile.
This plant is native to Northeastern Santa Catarina uphills.
I found this in wilderness just half an hour trip from my garden.
It was living at exactele 1001 meters high from sea level.
This plant is a show to any eye. Colorful year around its leaves are just like ribbons
that lay down on the substrate forming a disc of colorful leaves.
The underleaves are contrasting silver.
Nothing compares to this beauty....
Posted by Constantino at 12:08 AM
Jul 20, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
Dyckia marnier-lapostollei var. estevesii
This species has many regional varieties as it is found distributes in a huge are within Central Brazil. Meanwhile this is the only variety to be named.
Always produces weak flower stems.
Posted by Constantino at 10:11 AM
Jul 13, 2011
Dyckia Son of Tarzan
Its delicate scales must be protect from waterings and the rain
otherwise bald areas may be created.
Posted by Constantino at 10:16 AM
Jul 12, 2011
Posted by Constantino at 10:08 AM
Dyckia hb Bill Paylen
Two of the most beautiful, famous and most wished hybrid Dyckias.
When we cross two hybrids the resulting plants may be splendid and no two are equal.
Each plant an only one and unique in all universe. They may be very similar to one another,
as we see here, but each singular. I do suspect these two plants here are brothers and descent
from the very same already hybrid parents.
We can notice hints of Dyckia marnier-lapostollei, fosteriana, brevifolia, dawsonii...all in a very amazing and well known display.
Now imagine what would we have with a crossing here and also including some Dyckia delicata blood....hummmmm...
Dreaming....nothing exists that was not dreamed before!
Reality is a dream you can touch...
Dyckia hb Brittle Star
Posted by Constantino at 8:56 AM
Jul 11, 2011
Dyckia Bill Paylen
These are among the most spectacular, desired and sought after hybrid Dyckias
of all times. They are Bill Baker´s masterpieces!
They are blooming here in my garden thanks to Steve Ball a Bill Baker´s friend and
plant club collegues...a gift to kings!
These plants here are spectacular and in pristine conditions and both are about blooming.
Some of the most unique hybrids came from Thes two plants alone, Dyckia Bucksaw Ripper,
South Bay, Arizona... Now imagne the two together..
Californians were the first to keep and hybridize Dyckias and the most spectacular hybrids are there or originated from those in there.
Now a tribute to Bill Baker and a thanks to Steve Ball is about to happen here...here in Brazil, the Land of Dyckias.
this here is a roll of miracles, like bids in a rosary they hpped one by one under the wish of a superior power we may call....God.
- I did not buy these plants!
- They were gifts!
- They got to Brazil in seven days..a record!
- They made in without problems.
- They loved the climate and my treatment.
- They a pairing blooms...
Dyckia Steve Ball is about to exist!!! About to come out my mind...out from God´s best wishes of luck to me...
Thank you Steve!
Also, both these plants will have some flowers polinated with Dyckia delicata pollen.
Dyckia Brittle Star
Dyckia Brittle Star
Posted by Constantino at 12:07 PM
Jul 10, 2011
Dyckia marnier-lapostollei X Dyckia brevifolia
Here the regional marnier-lapostollei used was one native to Our
Federal District of Brasília. It was found in the Southwest extreme point of
our Federal District almost into Goiás State.
Notice the pronounced triangular shape of its leaves is transferred to this hybrid.
Posted by Constantino at 6:57 PM
Jul 9, 2011
Dyckia hb fosteriana-fosteriana Snow White
Almost all the best known Dyckia hybrids have a bit of Dyckia marnier-lapostolei or Dyckia fosteriana
in their veins. This is a pure Dyckia fosteriana but results from two different regional varieties of fosterianas.
It is an increadible white plant all by myself made in my backyard.
Posted by Constantino at 9:12 AM
Dyckia sp noelii
This is species and under the process of description.
Noeli is the name of the woman and plant lover who found the plant in nature
We suspect this plant is a Dyckia dusenii affinis in spite Dyckia dusenii lives some 300km North from this beauty home.
This is native to Santa Catarina Northeast uphills.
It is used to freezing cold winters and also some severe frosts when the temperature
go down below freezing.
Leaves are true colored year around and the underleaves are much endumented.
What means an endumented underleaf in a Dyckia?
This is a very useful trick when the dry times come.
The plant uplifts its leaves protecting the growing point.
doing so it shows the silvery endumented underleaves to the Sun and also inable the plant to get humidity from the dew with much more efficiency.
In nature nothing is for nothing! Every detail has a practical meaning...
Posted by Constantino at 8:59 AM
Jul 8, 2011
Readers, followers and friends:
I am having problems with my PC and I can not post any pictures til all the problems are fixed.
Until there you can visit old posts. They are many and I am sure you
Dyckia enthusiasts will find interesting informatiton and images.
I hope everything will get back into normal soon.
Friday, July, o8th 2011.
Posted by Constantino at 9:39 PM
Jul 5, 2011
This plant is white wax covered all over including spines an both sides of its leaves.
the flowers stems are green as one can notice here.
Its flowers can not be self fertilized in cold temperatures.
this fact seems to have lead many enthusiast to hybrid plants without noticing
the plant can´t produce its own seeds.
Posted by Constantino at 9:57 PM