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!