From my garden, that is. The chrysanthemums shown here were bought in Waitrose yesterday; I can’t resist green flowers.
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I wrote last July about how pleased I was that my miniature orchid had started to flower again. Nearly six months later, it’s still flowering. Now tell me orchids are difficult to grow.
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I bought this miniature orchid at the market maybe three years ago? I can’t remember, but I’ve had it for quite a while. It was in flower when I bought it but showed no signs of flowering again. I persevered with a fairly neglectful treatment of it, just pouring water through the compost every week. No faffing about with rainwater or special feeds. I was delighted to see buds appear at last and the first flower opened yesterday.

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My last LJ post of 2013 and I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.


Just before Christmas, Thompson & Morgan had an excellent offer of amaryllis, hyacinths, poinsettia etc. for £4.99 each including postage. When you think that the package included a pot and a bag of compost and compare the price at garden centres, it’s a no brainer. So I sent for this and it’s flowered two months from planting. I love the crystalline effect on the petals and the green shading. Three flowers out and when the fourth opens I’ll have the perfect, symmetrical flower head one aims for. What a pity the Horticultural Society show isn’t until April.



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Jan. 26th, 2010 04:43 pm


I bought a basket of hyacinths in bud twelve days ago and today they've started to open. Worth every penny.


The hyacinths bought ten days ago as tight little buds.


The garden is sodden today and the view from the window a grey one but on the windowsill is this cheerful amaryllis, or hippeastrum if you want to be more correct. It has two flowers with two more to come. Ideally, of course, you want a tall, straight stem with four flowers out at once. The wonder of this particular plant is that the pot spent the entire winter in a cold greenhouse, exposed to frost.

I've grown lots of different forms of this plant and I'm always amazed that such extraordinary blooms come from a dull, brown bulb. Such wonderful colours and stripes! Those crystalline petals that hardly look real! Just what is needed on an English summer's day.

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