Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Blooms and a Few Curiosities

Okay, it's not quite bloom day meme time yet but I couldn't resist posting a few pics of plants currently in bloom in the garden, plus a few curiosities as well.

The Zantedeschia 'Hercules' is going strong and is mainly grown for its tropical looking, relatively gigantic leaves. The bloods aren't too bad either though.


Kniphofia thomsonii is putting up a good and long lasting floral show as always. The first photo was how it was last week. The second pics was how it was last weekend.

They remind me of flames
Speaking of flames, the trees that were on the area where the garden fire we had a couple of years ago had started is still standing. I don't think our neighbour where those trees are will ever remove them so we'll just have to get used to their sight on our horizon (we are already). But at least the pineapple bush, Cytisus battandieri is doing a good job for now in distracting from it.

Now on to the curiosities, I can't remember at the moment which ones are Cyclamen hederifolium or Cyclamen coum but at the moment they are just weird looking (but oddly nice too) displays. Quite cool aren't they?



Back on to blooms there's the hardy tree tomato Cyphomandra corymbiflora doing it's usual annual bloom display...


Our well behaved (so far) Acanthus mollis is not far off now to a full floral display...

In our working area/pot ghetto this Isoplexis canariensis in bloom was a nice surprise...

A plant that we highly recommend for being rather undemanding and gets better every year. And it's evergreen too when it looks like it shouldn't, the evergreen Solomon's Seal Disporopsis pernyi.

And finally, a squashed Magnolia macrophylla bloom...

Just shows how many things are happening in the garden at the moment!

Mark :-)

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  1. Loving Isoplexis canariensis. If it catches you unawares then it must be quite easy to grow?

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    1. Easy to grow Jessica but not hardy I'm afraid. However there are some hybrids already out there that apparently are hardy enough for British winters :)

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  2. You have so many interesting plants! I love that pineapple bush and that odd cyclamen. The latter looks rather like an alien creature.

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    1. They do don't they Kris? I'm tempted to pinch one of those bulbous things...

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  3. Cyclamen Craziness! I planted a Cytisus battandieri early last spring, no blooms yet but I'm hoping maybe next year.

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    1. Perhaps next year Loree :) and maybe add a cyclamen or two in your garden and you get those curious things in the summer.

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  4. Nice little floral post there, Mark. Isoplexis is gorgeous but I'm very interested in the Disporopsis; hard to tell the size of pot (and therefore how big it is) but it's going on my list of good evergreen plants! I assume 2ft high and would spread if not in a pot?

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    1. It's been in that pot for years Caro, just over a foot in height and the plant just under two feet. It doesn't get any extra care apart from being watered every so often. I think it spreads out a bit more if planted out but not difficult to keep in check :)

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  5. You've picked some nice set of pictures, mate. Really glad to follow your blog, it's surely inspiring to see all these exotic beauties. Keep up with the photos. Thanks!

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  6. Nice blooms! and very interesting plants!! I love how the cyclamen are looking at this stage! so awesome!

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    1. Curious looking aren't they Lisa? :)

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  7. It's great the way your cyclamen are grown against the stones so that their summer wierdness can be appreciated. Mine tend to blend in with the soil and I miss a lot of their antics.

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    1. Rather unplanned that they will look better grown against stone mulch Peter but pleased it's this way :) can imagine though that the corms under mulch must be relatively huge too.

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  8. Everything looks just wonderful, except for those burned trees your neighbor ought to be removing...

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    1. Indeed, those trees ought to be removed...

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  9. Blooms come and go so rapidly this time of year, we dare not wait for Bloom Day.

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    1. Indeed Ricki, with plants at full on growth rate at the moment :)

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  10. Oooh, I love seeing the isoplexis bloom. The scale infestation on mine was out of control and I ended up pulling the plant. Yours looks healthy and happy -- congrats!

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    1. It was a lovely gift from a chap the visited us last year Denise :) Scale is a pain isn't it?

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  11. You do have some oddities, such as your as well as lovelies. Does the hardy tomato tree produce any sort of fruit? The Cyclamen coum is totally weird and wonderful looking - my kind of plant!

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    1. It does Debs, and we ought to collect, ripen and sow the seeds really...

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