The title of this entry began as "Four out of Five," then progressed to "Five out of Six," before winding up as it is now. I have a Hoya carnosa 'Krimson Queen' which I believed to have five old bloom spurs. (Hoya blooms appear on the same spurs year after year.) I noticed the other day that four out of these five spurs showed signs of preparing to bloom, with each one slightly more advanced than the next. I thought a series of photos documenting this progression would make a nice post. Today, I counted again, and discovered one more old spur. Happily, it also had buds, and fit right into the progression I had planned. Then, while I was turning the plant to take the pictures, I discovered yet another spur, this one brand new, on a section of vine that hadn't even put out leaves yet. This too, fit nicely into the series, being further along than five of the seven, but not as near to blooming as the last.
Spur Number 1: This one doesn't show any signs of budding, yet
Spur Number 2: Just beginning to bud
Spur Number 3: Buds are just a little bigger
Spur Number 4 (bottom) and Spur Number 5 (top)
Spur Number 6, surrounded by Chlorophytum orchidastrum 'Fire Flash' leaves. This is the brand new spur I discovered today.
Spur Number 7: This one is the nearest to full bloom, though not there yet
My Hoya Carnosa 'Krimson Queen,' a bit crowded in my bedroom window
Here, in a previous post, is a better picture of this Hoya, along with some other varieties.