The most advance Bletilla Striata growing nicely, it nearly has leaves :)
Monday, April 30, 2007
The Asiatic Lilly I bought from Shelley nursery has gone mad in the ceramic pot. It has put up four leafy stems with the leaves falling outwards.
They are so soft to touch when you run your hand up the leaves. A very tactile plant.
There are flower buds now at the top of the stems, nestled between green leaves like eggs in a birds nest.
You can see the buds on the second photo.You can grow Asiatic lillys in a pot on a windowsill or table nearby to the window.
I hope to photograph the pink flowers, assuming it flowers like it said in the pot.
The other bulbs that i have put in pots have all come up. The oriental stargazer is developing slowly, but are not exciting enough to photograph. One plant has grown faster but the leaf development is much slower than the asiatic ones.
The Acidanthera I planted in the large pot have grown really quick. 11 out of 12 bulbs have grown stems that are pushing there way up. I hope they flower as they are scented and have beautiful white and black flowers. The lovely named peacock Orchid.
The only casualtys are the Nicotiana which i am thinking will all keel over soon, two of the rescued fuschias have died (from their treatment in the shop where they are displayed and left in heat and fluorescent lighting.)
The tomato plants seem to be struggling as well.The soil is moist, the light present.The lower leaves seem to get droopy, then shrivel. The upper leaves seem to curl up at night, then relax during the day.I wander if the temperature variations are hitting them.Warm during the day then cold at night.They were on the kitchen windowsill but have now moved to the bedroom table about a foot and half away from the windowsill on my black table.
My Dicentra Alba (bleeding heart with white flowers) has rallied around and has lots of new fresh green leaflets growing all over.I hope it might still flower, but maybe it wont untill next year.It is good to nurse an ailing plant back into health. Especially when it might reward you with showy flowers!!
My plants have one month before Hils Charity plant sale.I expect to have more room then on my windowsills. I want to make hanging baskets to for workmates. Angela has a caravan which she visits regularly and i want to do a couple for her to hang there.
Fran also will take some of my excess plants.I love growing them, but they want to be in gardens really flowering away.
I am back on nights this week, seven nights again. Its been four weeks since the last set!!I will post photos and a few words. Hope all your gardens are growing on well!
Sunday, April 29, 2007
He was ALIVE, and wandering whoo put him through a shell wash?His patterning is clear now, he started to slide away...
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
.. last night.I have yet to smell the scent, maybe it comes out on a night.
It gets misted daily, and is sat on some wet pebbles below the pot.
The Orchid thinks it is in South east Asia, not cold but sunny wakefield.
This Orchid is supposed to be easy to propogate, so i want to try to grow lots more for friends and workmates.
The flowers have a vaguely bird of paradise shape.I can imagine them in a forest floor, growing in the shade. The velvety leaves and the bright white flowers with egg yolk yellow on the lower petal.
I am reading slowly the Orchid Thief and I will review it when i have finished.
The magic of Orchids.I think I will try not to buy any more Orchids.
Is there one called Black Magic? As they cast a spell on people who then covet them, and grow them, try to make a natural environment for them to flower.
This is the Purple Empereor flowers in its glory :)
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The photo is from Fran of her Caveman poppy, the iceland poppy.It had the green furry flower buds.
It looks like red flying saucers.It likes the bark chippings i think.
I have just finished a 13 hour day on a surgical admissions unit (not my usual medical admissions).
Now is the time for gardening, and plant care.They help you unwind and focus on them and not on the daily stresses and strains.
Healing flowers and plants, wish i had a garden...Fingers crossed i do soon :)
Monday, April 23, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
This evening at 9pm...What a difference a day makes.I will take more pictures soon in daylight to highlight the flowers colours.I love Aquilegia, and this was the first one i have seen flower so im Excited.It means its getting the proper TLC to make sure the plant flowered!!
The Flower buds on the Jewel Orchid stem, like a sheaf of wheat.
Its scientific name is Ludisia Discolour.
The Velvety leaves do their best to avoid being photographed.This one is with the flash on, in the front room, about eight foot from a windowsill.It is sat on a pebble tray with water in it, to mimic a humidified atmosphere.