Discussion in 'Tropical Gardening' started by ARMANDII, Jan 9, 2017.
The new thread for 2017
Thanks Armandii for the new thread Everything seems to be happy in their winter quarters Justicia rizzinii has been flowering for a couple of weeks This was Canarina canariensis a couple of weeks ago. It has since faded. Just one flower this year, but last year there were loads.
I nearly bought some Spanish Moss at the weekend, nearly being the operative word, a smallish sprig about the size of the one in the middle of pic no 1 was £12.99
It's not cheap Pete. I am hoping that mine are growing bigger. I think they are, but it's difficult to remember what they were like when I got them. I like the trailing plant on the left as much, if not more than Spanish Moss. It's Hoya linearis. I could let you have of bit of that, if you are interested - I am sure its growing bigger. It's more unusual and has the advantage of quite a reasonable sized Hoya flower as well. I have been looking at my climbers, and almost all of them are showing new buds - Thunbergia grandiflora, Cobae scandens, Clytostoma callistegioides, Ipomea indica, Pandorea jasminoides, and Jasminum polyanthum, which is already showing flower buds. I wonder how they know its time to get into growth. I suppose its the day length, as the temperature is controlled by a thermostat and hasn't changed fro three months.
If I'd have known I would have brought some back
Mine snagged on my pocket at 'some Gardens somewhere' and I couldn't get it off so it had to come home with me!! It hasn't grown much although it has flowered and it has taken 3/4c for a few nights and not suffered.
I have still never seen a flower on mine.
I think I mentioned the old story of how my Spanish moss all ended up as nesting material, thanks to a blackbird. During the summer months I grew it draped over a rough stick which I hung in the garden. Once a day I took it down and threw it in the water butt for an hour to soak, then hung it up again, it grew quite quickly with that treatment, plus the odd spray with very dilute feed.
Have you tried using a magnifying glass @PeterS ?
I have looked very closely
Mine sort of stalled before christmas. I've kept it very cool over the shortest days and so far all the other buds at their various stages of development look to have remained viable. I was at OBG last week (sans camera) and Thunbergia mysorensis is still in bloom!
Wow - I do hope mine flowers one day.
The Schlumbergera which flowered in early November has a new flush, just as good second time around. Billbergia pyramidalis striata is also in flower but the bracts aren't particularly bright and it barely lasts a week but it looks good all year round as a foliage plant.
Hardenbergia violacea is rather sweet. Tiny flowers in the pea family. Its a shrub from Australia that grows up to 6 feet or more. There are some sites that say that it is hardy, but I think that would have to be in the mildest part of the country, with essentially no frost. My own, above, is only small but I once saw one in a glass house at The Old Walled Garden nursery, it was 6 feet high and totally covered in these tiny purple flowers. An amazing sight. Anisodontea carpensis. Cape Mallow from South Africa. It flowered outside for ages last year over the summer. It doesn't like frost, but has happily overwintered in my conservatory. I am hoping it will stay in flower till August or September now. A small evergreen woody bush up to about 3 feet high. You really can't believe what the internet says. One site said hardy to -18C, whilst another said it needs a minimum of +15C overwinter.
Like the Hardenbergia especially @PeterS .
Clerodendrum ugandense has just started to flower again in the conservatory after a three month rest.
Lovely Strongy. There are some very fine Clerodendrums around. I think we had a number of different species shown in a thread some time ago. Just today, I noticed that my Clerodendrum thomsonae had started to sprout. I have tried several times. They lose all their leaves over the winter and look dead. Mostly they were dead. But they can also re sprout, as mine has done now. Justicia rizzinii is starting to lose its flowers, but looking back at an earlier post in January has made me realise that it's been in flower for at least 10 weeks.
I forgot to add this picture of Jasminum polyanthum. Its a shame I can't include the powerful fragrance.
In full bloom they are quite a delight That reminds me - I was at OBG the other day and The Orangery was heady with the scent of Trachelospermum jasminoides and all the various citrus in bloom! And those Geranium maderense were in bloom again from the same growth as last year. Here, my Pleione are in bloom................. Pleione by longk48, on Flickr They were outdoors all winter in a spot that has overhead protection. Kept dry like this they easily handled the regular minus 5 or 6°c that the garden saw. This is a bit of a cheat really but here's Sinningia speciosa (commonly sold as Gloxinia)............ Sinningia speciosa by longk48, on Flickr Kept in the cool bedroom over the winter it never really died back totally and it was moved into the south facing porch a few weeks ago when it started growing again. Although I have moved it outdoors it stays in the greenhouse when it is going to be rainy or too cool.
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