Blooming Aloe ‘Pink Blush’

Aloe Pink Blush in bloom

It was the day of our 20th anniversary, but I COULD NOT miss the annual Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society sale at the Toronto Botanical Garden (a different account of this story appears over here). Davin entertained my desire to go — an anniversary gift of sorts and one that he has been generously giving over and over through the years. So we rented an expensive, pay-by-the-minute Smart Car and made our way well across town. We took a different route than usual and got lost. I swear, I can’t imagine how I would have learned to drive 20 some years ago without the aid of technologies such as GPS maps and smart phones. When we arrived the place was packed. We drove around in circles endlessly, mentally watching the rental fee rise before a plan was hatched that I would run inside and try to buy my plants as quickly as possible while Davin continued playing musical chairs in the parking lot.

I raced inside and of course the sale room was equally frantic. I grabbed a box and pushed my way through as politely as possible (I am a Canadian after all) all the while worrying about making haste so that I could join Davin back at the car before he started to rethink our partnership.

Nearly six months later and one of the purchases from that day, a colourful, hybrid aloe called ‘Pink Blush’ is now in bloom. The plant, which reminds me of a starfish, was purchased (and in this very pot) for just two meagre dollars, plus, of course, the cost to rent the car and the slight unravelling of Davin’s mental health. It all seems like a laughable memory now, and to see the plant in bloom gives me the delayed feeling of it having been worth the price. I hope Davin feels the same way, but perhaps he has forgotten about it entirely — another interesting, but somewhat forgettable plant among many in the vast sea of my ever-expanding collection. Another typical day living with a partner who has morphed into a crazy plant lady.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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5 thoughts on “Blooming Aloe ‘Pink Blush’

  1. Gorgeous specimen! One of my proudest gardening moments was when my plain-jane aloe plant bloomed. Not that I actively did anything, aside from leave it outside on the back porch of my subtropical New Orleans apartment…those were the days! What conditions (age?) do the aloes need to bloom? My plant was in part sun, 100% humidity, 80-90 degF temps for a few months before it did anything. I’m now living in Ohio and had despaired of ever seeing a repeat performance.

  2. So envious that you were able to take such a lovely picture of this flowering Aloe.
    I had one flower this year too.
    The flowers looked just like this but the leaves are more more like a conventional Aloe.
    I was so thrilled when it happened so I can totally understand your delight.

  3. Wow. That’s just an amazing Aloe! It always looks so good in a pot as well. I always get sunburned during the summers so it’s quite handy being able to use the pulp to ease my shrieks and screams! Such a cute blushing Aloe you’ve found. Good job! :-)

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