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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