If you could see in the ground space around that picture, you’d see the jittery shadow of me jumping up and down in glee. What I hope are tiny colored buds are decorating an extended stalk on the not-completely-identified Echeveria shown here. Since I don’t have a label for him, I’m calling him Cousin Bob.
This may or may not be a good thing. I’ve heard tales of plants flowering as a last gasp effort to propagate the species before dying. I do know that these two echeveria have been some of the weirdest plants I’ve watched for any length of time. I hear they want full sun, so I put them in full sun, and they act like they’re in shade – pushing up long stems and growing like mad. Maybe they think they’re sunflowers?
As with almost all projects, I did some research on the ‘net to find out what the heck is going on, and found this interesting how-to on echeveria at About.com. According to this, I’m doing things right. This means I’m doing things right, or I need to do more research!