Red Algae can be a menace. On houses it can cover the walls in very little time, and isn't easy to treat. I think it arrived in this region about 30 years ago, and has since become quite a problem.
The Algae is a microalgae (Trentepohlia) which usually starts life as green, then turns red with age. I have seen new houses around here that are covered. The Algae seems to like cement rendering more than actual stone.
Usually it's an unsightly mess, but on my poolside urn I rather like it.
The one thing I associate with algae, mainly from my childhood, are those long fingered ones that "caress" your legs when swimming in certain types of water. DON'T TOUCH ME!
As long as that type of Algae doesn't turn out to have been a Shark; OK.Delete
I like it on your urn too. Many folks here spend tidy sums at the craft shops buying paints and fixatives to get that Faux Algae look. People. Are. Strange. Just like Jim Morrison said.ReplyDelete
Yes, this is the real thing. It arrived just this year.Delete
I like it! I also like what I see behind; you must have a beautiful flower garden.ReplyDelete
Greetings Maria x
Not really Maria. The rose was given to me by a good friend. He called it 'Pink Pixie', but I think he invented the name.Delete
It gives the urn a wonderful patina.ReplyDelete
It does, doesn't it. I've only just noticed it.Delete
Your urn is coming on a treat Cro and the succulent should start tipping over the edge soon. I love a bit of algae, be it red or green. It gives that lovely aged look. I put live yoghurt on my pots etc to get the algae and moss to grow. XXXXReplyDelete
The succulent has been there for about two years (or more), and it hasn't moved. I don't think it can be the same variety as your one. I did paint this with Yog when I first bought it; I think it helped.Delete
It looks as if there are some tendrils coming ..... they do take a while as they are very slow growing. It took mine a while ! XXXXDelete
That's encouraging; I was almost thinking of replacing it.Delete
Must have used Strawberry or Cherry Yog.Delete
As you say, it looks good on your urn.ReplyDelete
It doesn't look good on houses.Delete
I read that a lot of algae will only grow where the air is clean.ReplyDelete
Quite right. Most of our trees are covered with lichens too, which is also a good sign.Delete
This red urn is alright but I've looked at it more than once this morning and it is like saying the same word over and over again and it ceases to be real. I feel like that about the red algae. If you know what I mean.ReplyDelete
It's real enough. Strange that there are other cement rendered surfaces nearby, but none of them has it.Delete
It is on a lot of stone here, but only in the country, not town. I like it.ReplyDelete
It doesn't seem to live on stone here; much more on cement rendered walls.Delete
No one wants to see a pristine urn. I like it.ReplyDelete
All old urns should be weathered. Newness doesn't look right.Delete
Well I never....ReplyDelete
Is it your birthday tomorrow John? If it is, may I be first to wish you a very happy one!Delete
Last year I phoned LSF (longest standing friend) the night before his birthday since he is a popular man; notoriously difficult to get hold of him on the phone on the day (we live in different countries).Delete
Wrong move. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that to congratulate someone BEFORE midnight of the actual day brings bad luck (to the birthday boy/girl). Oh, Cro - sometimes I flee here, to your oysters and Haddocks, to get some peace. It's difficult to put a foot wrong among rows of onions. Or is it?
I'm so used to having family in far flung places that sending early greetings is normal. I have yet to hear of disasters.Delete
I love the algae on that urn. Fill it with my Mares Tail and you have finally cracked it.ReplyDelete
I've got my own. It appeared recently on the edge of the orchard; it must have come from next door!Delete
I have a serious problem with red algae in our concrete bird bath. Have tried everything but still end up scrubbing it out with a pottery scrub brush. *sigh*ReplyDelete