They may look fetchingly voluptuous to some with their swollen caudex but they just don’t do anything for me.
I have bought a few AOs like Harry Potter – but it’s more because the plant is one of mum’s favorites. Grandma used to love the AO too.
I suppose there must be some beauty in its flowers and structure but they’ll never appear anywhere on my own wishlist.
But last weekend I was actually on the lookout for an adenium. That’s only because double petalled AOs made a recent appearance in the local scene and I know mum covets one.
So when I went to the garden centres last week I specifically checked out the adeniums. Some of the stalls were awash with pink and red AOs. But I was after another.
Wow, a purple AO and it was double petalled too.
She quoted a formidable price so I hesitated. I told the lady that I wasn’t crazy about AOs like my mum. I thought I had given her the perfect excuse not to buy the plant, but I didn’t know what was coming.
I had unwittingly handed her the trump card instead. “You should buy it,” she continued. “Mother’s Day’s coming.”
I went home that day with a pot of Purple Rain and a much lighter wallet.
I’m now hoping that mum will be completely bowled over by the purple blooms.
Care and propagation: well-drained soil; full sun; water moderately (guard against rot); propagate using seeds or cuttings
Update: The Purple Rain bloomed today! Here it is …