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Cypripedium reginae - 2012

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Cypripedium reginae - 2012 (Cypripedium reginae)

This is the 'Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid' from North America. It needs moist, fertile, leafy, humus-rich soil (preferably acidic) in dappled or part shade. Slugs love it.
This plant has been in intensive care since Monday when the heavy rain bent the stem in half but the flower bud has opened in time for the Open Garden on Sunday.



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that's an impressive colour combination! fingers crossed it won't be downcast for long. and good luck iwth the open garden

15 Jun, 2012

 

you have tended it well,it looks great.

15 Jun, 2012

 

Do you leave yours out for the winter?

Good luck for the open day.

16 Jun, 2012

 

Yes Meanie, it's in the lee of a flowering crab apple so protected from the worst of the winter weather

17 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks!
I look at them, but worry that it's a lot of money to risk.

17 Jun, 2012

 

I know what you mean. I bought it two years ago and never saw it last year (too dry?). So I was very pleasantly surprised when it came up this year and flowered for me.

17 Jun, 2012

 

We pays our money and takes our chances.

My challenge this year is to grow Iochroma australis from seed large enough to try in a sheltered spot for most of the winter. I know of someone in Kent who has found it to be fully hardy............

17 Jun, 2012



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