The Pacypodium lamerei just keeps going. Blooming for months, providing shelter for a growing mantis (since moved on), and now, well...
...more of the same. With a little surprise.
The blooms are not perfect...
...but keep on coming.
They do create a bit of a mess on the foliage though, but somebody has used those brown blobs of detritus to their advantage.
Did you spot it in the photo above?
Here's another clue:
One of the big spiders that makes autumn so exciting in the garden has decided that the spiky trunk is the perfect spot to wait out the days:
It looks remarkably like the blobs of brown petals stuck to the foliage!
Not when it's out in its web of course, as I saw the next morning:
I'm just thankful that it spun its web someplace out of the walkway!
I'll have to check this plant thoroughly when I'm ready to bring it into the house. I surely don't need a huge spider climbing down me as I wrestle this spiked beauty into its winter resting spot!