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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Burst forth Gigantea bloom, and some chihuahua artwork!

Look what I saw when I looked out my kitchen window this morning? Woo-hoo!!! I wanted to get a pic of the bud (it looked more like a huge pod from outer space) yesterday...but I never did, and this morning it was opened to reveal a 12 inch Stapeliad gigantea bloom! The flies are circling, but there is not too much detectable odor to my human nose!

And a close up! I measured from one tip to the end of another tip. I had not ever measured one of my blooms before, but today I was enticed because of how large the bud had been!

Check out what my daughter did with the photo of one of my fall ATC's...can you see the little chihuahua in the scarecrow's arms? I like this much better than my original card...I can pretend that my little Doozey is actually in the artwork!!!

13 comments:

Cindy said...

Congrats on the stapelia bloom. Is this your first for this plant?

I like the series of altered ATC's. Reminds me of Andy Warhol.

Ashraf shreif said...

very nice ...i have this stapelia but no blooms in the month

Teri C said...

What an awesome bloom!!!!! You should draw it. Love the artwork also.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I had one of these several years ago. It bloomed for me. I didn't notice an odor. They are so unusual. I am glad you posted the picture of this one.

Martha said...

That stapelia bloom is amazing!

My LIttle Family: said...

I had the same or very similar cacti in high school and i was gone one summer when it bloomed and my family could smell something coming from my empty room, LOL. So you daughter photoshopped Doozey into the photo? How cool is that? Vickie

Julie said...

Vickie- Actually the chihuahua in the orginal ATC is a pic of one wearing a devil costume from a Halloween flyer I cut out and put on the ATC...so it is not really Doozey...You can see the original card HERE, but when she turned it into this pop art thingy, it makes me think it COULD be Doozey in the pic since she is not so distinguishable. LOL!

Aiyana said...

Love the Photoshop work. I really like working with Elements and doing stuff like this. Do you edit photos at all yourself?
Aiyana

Julie said...

Aiyana- I do not use Photoshop, but Carolyn does. I have Corel Photo. We were playing around with Fotoflexor.com, an online photo editing place, and one thing you can do is this, with your photos! There is no sign up, and quite a few tools and fun things to do there!!!

soulbrush said...

this bloom is in-cred-i-ble!!! come on senita do something!!!! and i love what your daughter's done to the card, yes she 's got talent!

marianne said...

I have never seen anything like this before! Just incredible!
So nice Doozey is included in the artwork!

Stapeliad said...

OH JULIE!!!!!

I knew you'd get some awesome flowers and I was right!!!!!!!

My stap g clump is doing well but hasnt flowered this year.

Serena said...

WHOO HOO! Congrats, Julie...the bloom is awesome!

Your daughter did a nice job on the artwork too ~ :)