Passing the torch

cigaro
The final red-hot of this year … I suspect.

EVERY SUMMERTIME, our cigarro plants erupt with flowers. In Mexico it’s called the cigarro, but above the border it’s called the red-hot poker, which is more fun, I think.

By the way, cigarro does not mean cigar. It means cigarette. Puro means cigar. I used to smoke both and pipes too. Now I smoke nothing.

Starting in September or late August, the aloe vera monstrosities begin to bloom, so the two overlap a bit. Then the pokers quiet down, and toss the torch to the aloe veras.

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Oddly, the aloe vera blooms are almost identical to the pokers.

All of these things keep it quite colorful here at the Hacienda, which is always a hoot.

4 thoughts on “Passing the torch

    1. Thirsty: Yep, those babies bloom like crazy. I planted an aloe vera in my backyard in Houston years ago. It hardly grew, and it never bloomed. It’s a whole different situation here, however.

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