It was only as I was damping down one of the greenhouses
that I noticed the flowers.
For most of the year, my lithops sit in their pots like well behaved little pebble plants or living stones (their other names).
But in autumn, having spent several months doing very little, their time in the limelight has arrived.
The flowers are exquisite
and each one lasts a few days.
Lithops need very little care:
I start watering when the new leaves appear through the old shriveled pair in spring; carry on once or twice a week till autumn and then stop completely over winter. They need a sharp-draining compost mix and a hot, sunny windowsill or greenhouse.
Just don’t forget about their brief moment of glory (as I almost did).
It is quite worth the wait.