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My Silly Obsession With Tender And Exotic Plants (part 2)


By meanie


Continuing on from part 1, we come to this years additions.
The first plant that I gained was this Aeschynanthus;

Called Mona Lisa, it has much bigger leaves than the more commonly seen variety. Dead easy to care for, just remember to mist regularly, and it’ll reward you well. This has more than doubled in size since June.

My next purchase was a Lidl cheapy – Gloxinia;

From what I’ve read it can be a bit tricky to get a rebloom from. At the moment I’m letting it dry out before putting it to rest for a few (three or four) months. I’ll repot it then and see what happens.

In the spring we ordered a few plants from Burncoose, and one of them was the white form of Sollya Heterophylla. They sent the blue one though! But, with the absolute minimum of hassle it was soon rectified by them, resulting in me having three Bluebell Creepers now!

Easy to care for, as long as you can keep it free of spider mite and greenfly. Not so hard when it’s not in bloom, but when it is blooming misting spoils the flowers!

Also in the Burncoose order was this species Fuchsia, F.perscandens, a scrambling native of New Zealand;

A little borderline as far as hardiness goes, and one of the reasons that I’m building the coldframe.

This is another of the tender perennials that needs my new coldframe to be finished. It’s called Diplarrhena latifolia, and is native to Tasmania;

As the summer progressed I resisted all temptation until this came along – Clerodendrum Thomsoniae;

This is loving conservatory life and has doubled in size in just a few weeks!The most important thing seems to be to give it enough water (which is true of my C.ugandense too).

After this moment of weakness, I was good. One of my Paphiopedilum orchids continued to put out new blooms in a shaded spot outdoors…………

……….which was a good sign that I’ve finally got things right with these! It’s important to make sure that rain cannot fall directly onto them, as it runs down the crowns and rots them. The plain leaved ones require less light than the mottled leaved varieties.

Then the sales came along. I couldn’t say no to this Abutilon (Victory) when it was reduced from a tenner to four pounds
I’d been after one of these for a while.

Whilst down in Cornwall, Sue and I visited a few nurseries. Thankfully we went down in a completely inappropriate car, and so all I was able to bring back was another plant that I’d been hankering after, Polygala Myrtifolia;

It’s variously described as being frost tender to being hardy down to minus 5deg c, so another one for the conservatory I think!

Another tender plant for the conservatory is this, Tibouchinia Urvilleanna;

It’s a fussy little thing too – it sulks if it’s too wet, doesn’t like tap water (even less than orchids do) and drops it’s buds if you let it get even a little too dry!

Now, one of the stars of the show! Habenaria Radiatta – the White Egret orchid;

Three small bulbs about the size of a peanut produced just one flower, but who cares! Another one that likes the shade, and needs to be kept moist too.

And finally, my latest purchase – Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis.

Needs warmth and light, so not the ideal plant for our climate, but I think with a little care it should do well by me next summer.

Once again, thanks for looking at my inappropriate choice in plants, and I hope that you can see a little of what I see in them!

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You have such a handsome collection there, Meanie. I have no room to accommodate this many plants but I was so very pleased to look at the gorgeous photos.

Good luck with your overwintering....I think your obsession is just fine! :)

15 Oct, 2010


Very interesting collection, lovely obsession. Re the Gloxinia - I was sent one years ago when I was off sick from work. It was stunningly beautiful and it was the same colour as yours. When the flowers stopped, I shoved it on the table in the back dining room, which we rarely used - northfacing, very cool indeed, only a storage radiator in there which was about as useful as a chocolate teapot for heating, so cold. All the leaves died back and I forgot all about it, and blow me down, in about early March I think it was, I suddenly noticed two teeny tiny hints of green right in the centre - so I started watering and hey presto, a plant twice the size with twice as many flowers. So looks like a very cool, bright place, no watering and neglect is the order of the day, Meanie

15 Oct, 2010


What a collection, being a lover of the exotic these are just my cup of tea, you have a wonderful selection, good luck with them and keep us all posted the photographs were beautiful, loved them all.

15 Oct, 2010


ah, now I see why you were interested in my Clerodendron. Yours are magnificent. Ugandense was a favourite of mine, but never could get one. Well done you!

15 Oct, 2010


Lovely flowers, particularly like the Tibouchina.

15 Oct, 2010


Thanks guys!
Whistonlass - I don't have the room either, but what the hell!
Bamboo - Apparently, they're tuberous. I'm still wavering a little as to whether I should allow it to dry out fully though, as it has set four new crowns off of the original plant. I'm a little tempted to just cut the large original leaves off and let it go for it off the new crowns.
DD - do you enjoy the challenge of getting a result from something that's not really suited to its environment as I do? Your Brug looks spectacular!
Jasonf - you've found me out. Cut and paste this link

.......this is a fairly hardy Clerodendrum from Japan.
Cinderella - so do I, even if it is a stroppy little sod! Not bad for a quid from a charity plant sale was it!!

15 Oct, 2010


Meanie - yes, very nice. Mine is outside too, but only during the day, but any hint of 8C, and it's coming indoors permanently.

15 Oct, 2010


Wise man!
Just for you, a link to all my Clerodendrum photos. Mostly just C.ugandense, but there are total of five varieties over the two pages.

15 Oct, 2010


What a wonderful collection Meanie,some of which I have neither seen or heard of,..until now.Good luck with them all.Do you keep them ,in a cold conservatory,or is it heated in the winter,please ?

15 Oct, 2010


Thanks Bloomer - it's heated, but not hot.

15 Oct, 2010


just beautiful...

15 Oct, 2010


Thank you Elsiemay!

15 Oct, 2010


It's nice to have something unusual. They are really interesting. Good luck with overwintering them.

16 Oct, 2010


Thanks Hywel!

16 Oct, 2010


The answer is yes....I like to grow something different from the norm, will post a pic of the garden room....last count 65 plants to overwinter still the jungle plants to go yet lol

17 Oct, 2010


Just keep the humidity up then! Any sign of the mites, isolate the affected plant/s and treat.

17 Oct, 2010

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