Hoya imperialis has now been in bloom or bud continuously for months now. The most incredible plant of all time? – Maybe! I hate to even mention it, but the only draw back is the copious amounts of nectar that drip from the flowers. It can be quite challenging to clean it off of what ever it happens to drip on. I love this plant!! From this morning; notice the additional buds developing in the background.
One of my all time favorite Hoyas – cumingiana (Large Leafed Form) bloomed yesterday at work. Here is the photo from a few minutes ago.
Here is a photo of a few Hoya blossoms floating in a sink that I took about 10 days ago. Today is the last day of a record breaking heat wave that sent temperatures 35-40°F higher than where they should be for this time of year. It has made the Hoyas perk up and start growing and producing buds after months of hibernation.
Anyone who lives in a slightly cooler area of the world should and must keep Hoya bella. As long as it does not get too warm and dry, this is an extremely easy Hoya to keep. Keep it on the moist side, and it will reward you with a multitued of beautiful flowers for most of the year.
I spent far too much time trying to get this close up. Between getting the camera all set up, and setting up the plant material, and trying to remember all of the little steps to get a good shot, I spent close to two hours to get a usable close up of an H. brevialata. This shot was taken with the MP-E 65mm lens at around 3 times the size of the camera’s sensor. It is completely uncropped or touched up in any way.
Here are two bloom photos of Hoyas that I keep at work from this morning: Hoya pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’ and Hoya obovata.
I am fortunate that I have a desk at work that is next to a large window. It gives me a space on the job to enjoy a little bit of my hobby. The only probem with the space is that when the trees leaf out in about six weeks, there is not enough light for the plant’s needs. I may try to bring them home for the summer, but that is a lot of work, and I will probably just leave them where they are. They are very happy right now. Here is a photo from this morning: