A Beacon of BloomsSunday, June 03, 2012
While the blooms are outstanding, bright and prolific, this orchid has actually not bloomed for about 12 months or so... what a long wait! Could it be the fertiliser, I wonder?
I have been feeding the orchid with balanced liquid fertiliser once a week for about a year now. I used to apply fish fertiliser and fertiliser specially made for orchids but when the stock has finished I discontinued - I think they all give the same result. Long wait that is!!
What's your experience with aranda orchids?
The Adenium obesum is just as charming this time round. There are plenty of flowers on the shrub...
Not everything is rosy though. One of my Hoya kerrii vines is withering (must have over-watered it!). I chopped the vine to pieces and hopefully it will root again as there is still sap oozing out from the stems. After a week I dug out the stems to check and I was glad to see very short little roots. Then, I realised that I shouldn't have disturb the cuttings... gosh, I am keeping my fingers crossed now!
Meanwhile, my Russelia equisetiformis 'Flava' is going crazy - what a mess! But I have to just leave the plant like this for a while till I find another space/pot for this dear plant. The plant that is in front of the russelia is Euphorbia milii... glad to see its yellow bracts :-D
I have just changed the look of my strawberry pot again. Earlier I planted some coleuses. They have grown 'old' and didn't look that nice after a while. So now I have planted some succulents into the pot which include Portulacaria afra, Kalanchoe species and Graptoveria varieties (one bronze, one pale green and one dark brown).
Also in this rectangular pot...
A few other highlights in the garden... the Guzmania lingulata bloom looking radiant in the shade :-)
And my dear Iresine herbstii plants (there is a red one hiding at the back) are growing pretty well with some coleuses...
This particular marigold in the pic below (bought, not planted from seed) is amazingly strong. I thought this kind of pom pom flower doesn't hold up well. I was wrong... it lasted for weeks!
Cheers and have a great week!