Friday, July 31, 2009

Winter Flowers

I was thrilled to find that a Dendrobium that I have had for many years is about to flower. It must be happy here. I just have to make sure that I dont kill it with kindness as I find myslef fussing endlessly over it and moving it to positions that I think it might be happier in. My rhipsalis has also got some tiny little pink flowers. Dont know whether they will get any bigger. And one of my Cryptanthus has an indistinct flower in its centre. My biggest problem at the moment are loads of green caterpillars that I keep finding everywhere. I dont want to have to spray any pesticides around so will have to keep them under control by squashing them as I find them

Friday, July 17, 2009

Aechmea bromeliifolia albobracteata "Oscar"

Thanks to Peter Tristram and Mark Paul for identifying this Bromeliad. I can wait till it flowers. When I bought it , the leaves were very yellow and it had a bulbous blue flower. It looked like an ear of corn. Very sharp spikes on the edges of the leaves. Seems to be doing ok in the winter sun but may have to move it to a semi shaded spot as it heats up

Monday, July 13, 2009

Agave gypsohila

When I got this from the nursery it had lots of little offsets that I have repotted. Its a great grey blue colour and I like the curliness of the leaves

Mauritian Hemp

Fucraea foetida - Another recent purchase. I cant wait till this gets really big. Looks great next to all of the spikey Aloes

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Leucadendron salignum

My Leucadendron salignum starting to display yellow winter highlights

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Banksia blechnifolia

This Banksia is originally from Western Australia but has probably been hybridised or grafted in order to be widely sold in Eastern nurseries. Its prostrate with large cones. I love the zig zag leaves

Sunday, July 5, 2009