Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Muscari Time-Lapse

New Time-Lapse of a white Muscari. Unfortunately my computer froze before the flowers were truly open but I still think it is an big improvement on the others mostly due to the reduction in flicker. It looks best in HD and full screen.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

R.I.P Some Winter Casualties

This morning I noticed that my big Aloe Polyphylla was not looking very good. And indeed upon closer inspection there was a lot of crown rot. All leaves pulled away easily. 

Here is the close up. The thing is that I know why it rotted. The plant completely covers the pot which makes it difficult to water without getting some on the plant. It hasn't received much water though maybe a tiny bit once a month. But apparently one little drop has got into the crown and wreaked havoc. I'm saddened by this because it did grow quite a bit larger this year and I was hoping for some spirals in the next. The roots and lower part of the stem still looked good so in the off chance of regrowth (I know it is very unlikely) I cut out all the rot and covered the remaining stem with some cinnamon.

At least the small Aloe polyphylla is still alive.

As you can see there have been some other casualties as well. One of my Aloe plicatilis seedlings has rotted as well, plus a couple of Adeniums. Even though the larger plicatilis and the smaller polyphylla are still OK, I am not that happy with the results of moving part of my collection upstairs in winter. 

Ugh, I'm bummed out
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Monday, 21 January 2013

Ornithogalum Time Lapse

There is not much to report in the garden save from some succulent casualties (one plicatilis seedling unfortunately and some others as well). Still the supermarkets are selling a reasonable collection of forced bulbs for me to practice my timelapse on. There is still a lot of room for improvement but I do think it is a bit better than my first try. Now if only I found a good (free) deflicker software.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Aeonium Expansion

After seeing this post by Spiky Obsession I knew I really wanted a crested (cristate/cristata) Aeonium. So I followed that search term on Ebay and waited for one to pop up. Thankfully one did and a rather cheap one at that. I ordered it while the weather was still quite mild but unfortunately the seller decided to ship it during the beginning of a much colder snap. I think it survived the transport well enough even if it does look a bit haggard at the moment.

It is a crested Aeonium 'sunburst' and it seems that this is the most common variety of Aeonium sold in crested form. I will probably pot it up in a nicer looking pot come spring but I didn't have any fresh soil so I planted it in a pot where I accidentally let a supermarket Echeveria dry out.

Looking at Ebay I found a lot of people selling some cheap cuttings so I bought some of those as well. One seller sold cuttings from a miniature sport that grew on his regular Aeonium arborescens. He used the description 'Witches Broom' though I am not sure whether this is the name he is calling his new sport or whether that is the generic name for a mini sport. I got a cutting of the sport and of the main plant for comparison. Both haven't rooted yet but I hope they will soon.

This one doesn't really count as it isn't a true Aeonium at all. It was listedas Aeonium domesticum but some googling revealed that it is a Aichryson domesticum instead. Still it is a nice looking succulent all the same. At the moment it is hitching a ride with one of the South African bulbs.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Orchid Society Meeting

I've joined my local circle of the Dutch Orchid Society. Once a month there are meetings with talks, plant discussions and a raffle. It is a really good way to get some good information from experienced growers and to see what other people are growing. I am by far the youngest member so they seemed quite enthusiastic about some fresh blood. I mentioned I had a vivarium and one member was nice enough to give me a couple of seedlings that might thrive there.

And this is Aerengis Brachycarpa. Both are still young seedlings so it will take a couple of years before they might flower. According to the person who grew these from seeds these have a chance in the low light levels of the vivarium.

I think this is a Oncidium 'Twinkle' which I won in the raffles. It wasn't the Cattleya I had my eye on but nevertheless it makes a nice houseplant to cheer up the living room during this grey January. 
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