Monday, 27 May 2013

Cypripedium Kentucky Maxi



The weather has been truly dreadful and that has kept my Cypripediums back quite a bit. Nevertheless the new Cypripedium Kentucky Maxi is now in flower. Disappointingly it only has two blooms where I expected more (it had 6 shoots). I still love these flowers yet I'm a bit perplexed as to how this is diffrent from my Cypripedium Kentucky. The flower is not bigger at all, if anything it might be a bit smaller. Compared to my Kentucky the pouch is maybe a little whiter but that theoretically should not be the case if I look at the pictures from www.gardenorchid.com. The Cypripedium are not exactly thriving though. The formosana I bought had a bud which promptly dropped and Cypripedium pueblo is about to bloom but looks significantly scrawnier than last year.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Cardiocrinum Giganteum


Cardiocrinum Giganteum, or ginormous mega lily is a plant I have had an eye on for a while. I even bought some seed a couple of years ago but that did not work out. So I was quite delighted to get my hands on this one. Cardiocrinum Giganteum is a monocarpic bulb and I don't expect it to bloom this year even though the bulb seems like a good size it is more probably that it will flower next year. I planted it in a fairly shady site with very nutrient rich soil and will keep it properly watered throughout the summer. These are actually pretty hardy but don't love inter wet. 

With a bit of luck the flower spike can reach higher than a tall basketball player so it should be quite a sight. 


Monday, 13 May 2013

Flower Portrait: Tulip


I went to a photo exebition by Eric Breed featuring lost tulips photographed against a black background. They were really gorgeous so I thought I would give it a shot myself.


Monday, 6 May 2013

Calceolaria Uniflora



The Calceolaria Uniflora that I bought at the Alpine Society sale is now very much in flower. I really love these weird little things, they really do look like concerned aliens with their mouths wide open. I know the chances are that the plant will die after flowering (like last year) but it is still quite a good deal. It costs about the same as a bunch of tulips and it is infinitely more interesting.


I'm just keeping it in its pot and if it survives the summer I'll do some more research on how to keep it alive. I also noticed just how different it is from the plant I had last year. That was Calceolaria Uniflora Darwinii, with a slightly bigger and wider flower kept much lower on the plant. Picture below.


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