Too Much White is a Parasite

I love plants with variegated leaves.

That means that the leaves have patches that are not green.

The non-green parts can be white, yellow or other colors.

The point is that the non-green parts lack chlorophyll.

That means that an all white leaf makes no food of its own.

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Variegated Hydrangea leaves

Therefore, all white leaves are parasites on the rest of the plant’s resources.

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Variegated Hoya leaves

When this occurs, the pure white parts should be removed.

FLOWHITE

Crab Spider Cafe’

What a lovely spot to wait for lunch!

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This Crab Spider needs no web.  She is waiting for her food to be delivered.

She patiently sits inside this Hoya bloom

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for an unsuspecting moth to stop by for a snack.

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Then the moth becomes a meal.

Seems like the moth should notice the carcass dangling below.

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Sneaky spider!

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FLOWER

A Hoya

I have never had a Hoya that bloomed until now.

I think the secret is to ignore them.  This one could not be reached with the hose.

My other three show no signs of blooming.

I first spotted little brown clusters hanging down from the stems.

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Then the clusters enlarged and turned a pale shiny pink.

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Then one by one the flowers opened to reveal the red, star centers.

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The cluster slowly became a beautiful ball.

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Today the clusters of flowers were fully open.

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This is a real thrill!

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FLOWER has a new flower.