Thursday, 19 March 2009

Garden Treasure!



Today has been fantastic!  I am actually ecstatic and so excited!



A good friend of mine came to visit me while im still recovering from the delights of whiplash.  She brought me wonderful goodies: oak and hawthorn dibbers (home grown and hand carved), eggs (home grown and amazing), pallets for a future project and a lovely pot of tulips.  Will be interesting to see what colours the blooms are!  Thank you!



My other piece of exciting news is that I believe I may have actually succeeded at growing one species of hardy orchids.  I am currently trying a few species and waiting for them to pop their heads above ground as this will be the second year and I should hopefully see the fruits of my labour.


These plants are an absolute love of mine.  I bought them from a wonderful lady called Hayley Stevens of Hayley's Orchids and she can be contacted through her website: http://www.hayleysorchids.com.
The plants are of fantastic quality and the service is second to none.

Anyway, before I go off on a complete tangent, back to my find.  When pottering about in the garden I noticed a small inconspicuous looking set of leaves that were not there when I checked yesterday.  The purple spots on the leaves were a giveaway, it was my Dactylorhiza fuschii hybrid.

Now, this was enough excitement for me for one day, however, when I looked closer I noticed that there were actually two offsets.  The tubers do develop in a finger like manner but I was not expecting this after just one year in my garden.  Well, I must be doing something right with these plants.



I cannot wait for these plants to bloom as they are absolutely stunning.  And just to think that I may have two blooms from this one plant.  The inflorescence (posh term for flower) is exquisite.  A tall spire of beautifully deep purple and teamed with its foliage makes a gem for any garden.  Although a little pricey it most definitely makes up for it!  I recommend this plant fully . . . and just to think, its a native!

3 comments:

  1. Impressed with you growing your own orchids. Orchids are a passion of mine but I have not yet attempted growing some myself. I have simply got these amazing orchids that are almost always in bloom. Perhaps I will give it a go to grow some of my own.

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  2. Hope to see the fuschii hybrid bloom soon.
    Do enjoy reading your blog. You write well.

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  3. Thanks Patsi! Very nice of you to say so. I can't wait to see the blooms either! Very excited! I will of course update the blog of any blooms soon I hope!

    Ryan

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