Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2010
The Phalaenopsis orchids in the living room planter are still blooming, not looking much different from when I got them:
Another plant that got dumped into that planter because I had no other room for it is this gorgeous two-toned Easter Cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri):
Not the best picture, but it’s hard to get a better one, since the flowers are already closing when I get home from work, and don’t open until after I leave.
Out in the staircase window, the Jasminum polyanthum (Pink (or White) Jasmine) isn’t looking to great, but smelling heavenly:
Something was pushing up the fleece covering the propagation table – one of the cuttings of the ‘Heating Joseph’ pelargonium (Pelargonium zonale) is starting to flower:
You aren’t really supposed to let cuttings flower until they’re well established, of course, so I’ll be removing the flower stalk soon.
My Oxalises are all sulking in this grey, rainy weather, except for one of the Purple Shamrocks (O. triangularis) that I recently moved outside:
I took this picture of the primrose (Primula vulgaris) on the balcony railing yesterday – should show you something about the lovely weather:
The weather was better today – the Horned Pansies/Violas (Viola cornuta) in the flower box I made for my mother’s juliet balcony actually got a bit of sunshine:
Talking about Horned Pansies, prepare for a lot of them as I show you the balcony:
The pots that will contain tomatoes later in the year are filling out nicely – I’ll hate having to rip out those Horned Pansies when tomato time comes:
This Persian Buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus) just got prettier as it aged – it’s dropping petals, but I love the colour it’s turned:
This primrose is doing something odd – first it grew its flowers like a Primula vulgaris is supposed to, on individual stems, and then suddenly, it decided it’d rather have tall stems with flower clusters, like the Oxlips (Primula elatior). The primroses at work did the same for a while – I wonder what caused this…
The railing planter yesterday, in the rain:
I like the sparkly raindrops, but I like it better today, with the Tulipa tarda blooming:
I had to lean out over the railing to get this picture – I love the little faces on the Horned Pansies, and I absolutely adore the variety on the left (which, apparently is ‘Endurio Blue Yellow With Purple Wing’. What a creative name. Not.)
‘Endurio Yellow With Violet Wing’ is one of my favourite varieties – the soft colours remind me of wild Viola tricolor (Heartsease).