Monday, December 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - December 2014

These are some of the blooms at this moment in December.

Adenium Desert Rose 

Pink Spathoglottis Ground Orchid

 Purple and White Spathoglottis Ground Orchid

Adenium Desert Rose 

Purplish Hard-Cane Dendrobium Orchid

Purple Hard-Cane Dendrobium Orchid

Dendrobium 'Sripho Stripe' Orchid

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Poinsettia 2014

I've been mostly absent from this blog for the past few months. I need to make some time to blog. The Holiday season is upon us and I just can't resist the seasonal poinsettias. Red is most common, but other colours, including white and pink, are also available. I purchased this small red one recently and it's at my office for now.

Care of poinsettias courtesy of Colorado State University Extension here.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Dendrobium Pure Doreen

I originally purchased the parent plant of this hard-cane dendrobium two years ago as a bareroot. It was labelled "Pure Doreen". I can't seem to find pictures of this cultivar online to confirm, but I hope it's not a mislabel. I have reason to be skeptical because I have received too many orchid mislabels. 

Only afterwards did I notice something didn't look right with the canes.  It turned out that the plant was dying, but it did produce a long beautiful spike of flowers, its swan song of sorts. Fortunately, all was not lost, as it also produced a keiki just before it died.

The keiki grew slowly, as most orchids do, and finally graced me with its lovely maiden blooms. Its purple and white two-toned flower is quite pleasing.   

For the care of hard-cane dendrobiums, see previous post here.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Miniature Pink And White Adenium (Desert Rose)

Adeniums, also known as desert roses, are growing in popularity. Commonly available in a single pink flower form, newer cultivars feature double and triple blooms in a wider variety of colours. 

Adeniums are succulent shrubs from Africa and Arabia. They require at least moderate sunshine and well draining soil. Poor drainage leads to rot. 
I recently acquired this miniature adenium. It bloomed for the first time today.   

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2014

In this month of May the plants seem to be awaiting the rains of June, the official start of the rainy season.


Hard-Cane Dendrobium Orchid

Purple and White Spathoglottis Ground Orchid

Hard-Cane Dendrobium Orchid

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Floral Love  

Floral Friday Fotos

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day 

I Heart Macro

Macro Monday 2

Saturday Show Off 

Today's Flowers 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2014

This is a rather brief GBBD post. I was busy over the last week and didn't take any pictures. This afternoon, on arriving home, I realized that it is GBBD. I took my camera and was only able to get one photo of a phalaenopsis before darkness fell. 


I also included a photo of red crown of thorns. This is from a decorative display at a wedding I attended last Sunday. 

Crown Of Thorns

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Anthurium 'Orange Glow'

Anthuriums easily come to mind when one thinks of tropical flora. This exotic flower comes in varying shades of white, green, purple, cream, pink, red and orange. Obake types are blends of two or more colours.

I am not that fond of orange anthuriums, but the cultivar 'Orange Glow' is quite nice. The spathe opens bright orange (that really does seem to glow) and fades to a lighter peach colour as it ages. The photo below does not quite capture the beauty and colour of this anthurium cultivar.

Anthuriums are easy to grow once a few conditions are met. Avoid direct sunlight, but too much shade will inhibit overall growth and flower production. Well draining soil is a must as these plants easily rot from waterlogged conditions. Fertilize moderately to encourage blooms.

For more information on anthuriums see Oglesby Plants cultural notes here.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2014

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day! The orchids seem to be loving this month. Many are in bloom while others have begun spiking.

Pink Amaryllis

The dendrobium anosmum orchid has produced its annual inflorescence a month earlier than last year. There are more blooms too, as a result of better care given. 

Dendrobium Anosmum Orchid

Spathoglottis Ground Orchid

Hard-Cane Dendrobium Orchid

Dendrobium 'Sripho Stripe' Orchid

I love roses but roses do not love the Tropics. I am always on the lookout for cultivars that can grow here. The shrub rose 'Belinda's Dream', with its many pink petals, seems to be doing alright.

Shrub Rose 'Belinda's Dream'

 Hard-Cane Dendrobium Orchid

Pink Wax Begonia

Red Wax Begonia

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

White Amaryllis With A Green Throat

'Picotee', which I blogged about previously, is the second bulb to flower. It is another mislabel. The flower is whitish with a green throat. The mislabeling is not a big deal because I ended up with a new cultivar once again. In addition, as noted before, I already have a 'Picotee' in my collection.

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Pink Amaryllis

Last month I visited one of the larger garden outlets on the island. To my surprise they had tons of imported amaryllis bulbs in bloom. I was waiting two years for new bulbs and they didn't even advertise the shipment, which they usually do!  

Most of the bulbs seemed to have already been sold, and the ones already sending out scapes and/or in bloom were potted up and sold at a higher price. I wasn't going to purchase those, so to my delight I found two boxes of bare bulbs slightly discounted. Initially there was several varieties but only these were left so I was somewhat disappointed. In addition, these two varieties were labelled Picotee, which I already have one of, and 'Red Lion', which is a common red. Nothing to get excited about. It's been so long since I had imported bulbs so I still purchased one of each and quickly potted them up anticipating their gorgeous blooms.

'Red Lion' sent up a scape first. The scape began to unfurl and it seemed odd. It was dark pink instead of red! Pink amaryllis cultivars are not as common as the red and white ones so it is a pleasant surprise. I am actually glad this one is a mislabel.   

This is not the first time I received a mislabeled bulb. Amaryllis bulbs are mislabeled far too often. In this instance it worked to my benefit but what about those who purchase special cultivars only to receive a more common one? I wouldn't be too pleased.   

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hibiscus 2

It's 2014 in my Trini garden. One of my Hibiscus cultivars decided to grace me with a bloom. It's a nice orange.