For the love of tree aloes

When we first viewed our farm a few months back it was with two property agents. I had got into the habit of taking lots of photos on each farm we viewed so that we could review it once we were home and trying to remember certain features.  Having these pictures, I probably have a case against the previous owners who removed a little more than they should have ( to put it politely) when they moved out. We have decided that it not worth the energy, anxiety, stress and fighting that would occur if we were to pursue the issue. One feature of the property that really attracted me to it was the many tree aloes present. I love tree aloes and as you can see there is one on our logo for Sage Hill Farm.  When we moved in there were only two huge ones left, and all the others had been removed. Even one of the really big ones had been dug around and an attempt had been made to remove it. This really upset me as I had really loved the plants around the farm.  Very kindly one of our new neighbours to whom I sadly related the story, offered us a few to replace those that were taken if we were prepared to fetch them. This last weekend I was able to collect about 10 plants from them.  I am so thrilled! I can’t wait to get them into the ground.

Here is a little more info on tree aloes from Wikipedia.

Aloe barberae

Tree aloe
Aloe bainesii.JPG
Aloe barberae. This specimen is about three metres high (note the bench at the base of the plant)
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe
Species: A. barberae
Binomial name
Aloe barberae

Aloe barberae(syn.Aloe bainesii), also known asTree aloe, is a species ofaloenative toSouth Africanorthwards toMozambique. In its native climes this slow-growing tree can reach up to 18 m (54 ft) high and 0.9 m (3 ft) in stem diameter.Aloe barberaeis Africa’s largest aloe. The tree aloe is often used as anornamental plant. Its tubular flowers are rose pink (green-tipped); it flowers in winter and in its natural environment is pollinated by sunbirds.


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