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Friday, 4 May 2018

An Abundance of Auriculas

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you'll know that it's 'that' time of the year again. 
The BEST time of the year......Auricula season!!!

My son has redesigned my previous Auricula theatre that hung outside our back door and has also made me a second, even larger one. They've made a very boring garage wall look spectacular and has given me more room to display my precious, ever-expanding collection of plants.

Robin Hood - Angel Islington
Lord Saye En Sele - White Pyne

Hinton Fields - Pinkie Dawn
Ancient Society - War Paint 

Joel - Strawberry Fields
Joel (again) - Dilly Dilly

Star Wars - Piers Telford
Old Fashioned - Our Sophie


Bright Ginger

These are all unnamed plants...

...and these are a couple of doubles.

Ice Cap


This unnamed one has the most flowers I have ever seen and they're shades of browns & pinks...quite unusual.

This is my 'behind-the-scenes' collection. Waiting in the wings to finally bloom.

They're addictive little plants!
Buy one at your own risk.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Attention Seekers, Updates & Trials

It's been a funny ol' year so far, the winter weather keeps returning. I have lots of confused plants...spring Anemones that have flowered continuously since Christmas and Snowdrops that have only just woken up. But...spring is finally here and, when the sun does appear, it's got the perfect warmth to it.

There are lots of plants now vying for my attention.
The first of my precious Auriculas has bloomed (first photo). This is Blue Chip which has the most amazing farina dusting...love it!
The Daffs have made it through 2 bouts of stem-bending snow and hyacinths are filling the air with their sweet perfume.

The Hellebores have been AMAZING. I bought these about 5yrs ago and they've all out-performed this year with a spectacular display.

Scattered by the wind / birds are these sunshiny, black leaved Ficaria Verna. Very subtle, popping up to razzle-dazzle and then slipping away quietly away without a word.

So here's the biggest show-off in the garden at the moment screaming "Look at me! Look at me!"
I haven't manipulated this photo, no fancy-schmancy camera tricks or filters.
She's an attention seeking show-off and I love her!

Meanwhile, remember these Echeveria leaves that I propagated a couple of years ago (Click here)?

Well here they are now looking resplendent. I have loads (cough), as all the leaves grew, so if you want to give propagation a go then check out the link above...it's dead easy and great fun.

Always one for an experiment and trial, I thought I'd see how these Physalis (Chinese Lanterns) from Wilkinsons perform over the coming year. They were only £2.00 for 5 so I'll let you know how they do.

Now these are really exciting....very inexpensive bare root roses.
These are from The Range and were £2.99 or 2 for £5.00.
Hideously garish colours, according to the packaging, but hey-ho...you've gotta give 'em a go...right?

Not so hideous looking were these 2 from Home Bargains, for £1.99 each.

They were all soaked for an hour and then popped in the garden with a dose of manure and they're all looking pretty good already with fresh foliage.
I'll keep you posted over the year on how they're doing.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Venus Flytrap Seedling Update

Followers of this wee bloglet may recall that back in the summer of 2016 I decided to have a go at growing Venus Flytraps from seed. 
Some online doom-monsters at the time declared that allowing a VFT to flower in the first place would result in its untimely death, so being the rebel that I am, I ignored all the advice and let them bloom their floral socks off.

I then collected the seeds and scattered them on top of a fresh tray of rain soaked carnivorous compost, popped a lid on top and waited patiently. By December 2016 I had a tray of tiny seedlings with the beginnings of their toothy, fly-munching jaws.
Fast forward to Feb 2018 and my seedlings are now about 2cm across. Growth has been slow but I'm a patient woman. I've moved them up to individual pots and they're doing really well. They live in the hot greenhouse from spring to early winter with their feet in rainwater and I bring them into the freezing, but frost free conservatory during the winter.

And what about the mother plant...what was her fate?
She looks pretty rough huh? NOT!
She also flowered in 2017...ooh...and she's flowering again now.
I think not.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Heavenly Hellebores

A few years back I bought some tiny, 1 year old Hellebores.
They were 2 inches tall and had 2 teeny leaves.

It's taken patience but the wait has been worth it. 

Finally we have blooms and oh boy....they're stunning.

I'm not convinced I had the right labels as some whites are pink and spotty, but who cares?

Not me....that's for sure.
I love 'em!

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