When I looked at the big Crassula ovata "jade" plant yesterday afternoon, I saw that a single flower had opened. This morning, I'll be curious to see if any others have bloomed overnight. Walt, like me, says he doesn't remember ever seeing a jade plant bloom before, and we kept a lot of them in and around the house when we lived in San Francisco.
Here's a full view of the jade plant. For the summer, it stays outdoors, and this year we've brought it in for the winter and set it on a table under a west-facing roof window (Vélux). Maybe it is afternoon light (I can't say "sun" because it's been cloudy most days since I got back from North Carolina on October 24) that has caused it to flower.
I have a book called The Larousse Guide to House Plants, written by Alan Titchmarsh and published in the early 1980s, that confirms this about this variety of jade: "In the wild, white flowers appear in summer which turn pink with age, but this plant seldom blooms in cultivation." The one here has not only bloomed in cultivation but it has bloomed in November.
And here is another photo of the linden/"lime"/tilleul tree in our back yard, on the west side of the house. Its leaves are really falling now. I wish I knew when it was planted. We won't be having it pruned back, but we are planning to have the big blue spruce tree just to the left of it taken down this winter or next spring. The spruce appears to be close to death.