Thursday, 14 January 2010

New collaborations, new blooms and no more snow!

At this  time of year there is little to celebrate in the garden unless of course you happen to find that snow is a welcome substitute for bare stems, evergreen foliage and the last remaining berry.  Winter can be a bleak and uninspiring time for any gardener and I find relief knowing that indoors plants are still thriving.  At present I have several Phalenopsis, Dendrobium, Aeonium, Schlumbergera and numerous forced bulbs in bloom.  Something to tide me through the Winter.  Although signs of Spring are emerging.


In a similar ilk another bloom is about to open.  I have joined the 'Fennel and Fern' team writing a monthly feature on rare, unusual and often unseen plants.  Each month I will add a new plant profile which will provide an in depth overview of the plant, necessary growing instructions and ways of sourcing it if what you see gets your gardening juices flowing.  Perfect for a cold uninspiring Winter day and a great way to find new plants to add to your plant  wish list!  I hope you will come visit me over there?

9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful bloom. Very pristine.

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  2. Beautiful Phalenopsis Ryan, I love them and have also posted some photo's of mine yesterday.

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  3. My Orchids are still blooming. They seem to last such a long time compared to other blooms. I'm waiting patiently for your instructions on how to repot orchids, mine's in desperate need.

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  4. Lovely photo, Ryan. You've got a good collection of flowering bulbs there, by the sound of it - something to lighten the dark days up.

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  5. The phalenopsis is a beauty Ryan - your photo shows the sheen on it. Good luck with your new venture.

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  6. May I be so rude as to disagree with you. Being of a positive frame of mind I find lots to celebrate in the garden in winter, you just have to look a little harder & what you do find is just so much more exciting. There are buds & shoots appearing on an almost daily basis, waiting to burst into the world. There are bulbs poking through, the hamamelis beginning to do its job, primulas looking a bit bedraggled but doing their bit, the little violas perk up after looking half dead in the frost, the hellebores are flowering, the camellias have got huge buds on them & now huge thrill as I have just been out to have a bit of a wander (it doesn't take long) & my Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' has got flower buds just beginning to open. The first time - woo hoo!

    I look forward to your stuff on rare & unusual plants.

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  7. Congratulations on your new "role" with Fennel and Fern. I love that blog and will be looking forward to reading your posts. Good Luck with it.

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  8. I can't find anything much out in my garden because of the depth of snow, but the thaw is happening as I blogged today. I love Fennel and Fern (and am excited to have been asked to do a guest blog) so will be looking out for you!

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  9. Thanks for all your comments. I would thoroughly recommend growing Phalenopsis. This one is years old and I will get around to repotting it soon. Directions on how to do this will be posted on the blog.

    Ms B: I should have been more specific. I was discussing our snowy landscape rather than the time of year. Apologies. My Hamamelis is just buds at the moment. Very jealous.

    Anna, Natalie and ElizabethM: Thank you for your kind comments. I'm very excited about writing for Fennel and Fern and hope you enjoy my posts on rare and unusual plants. Hopefully my posts will inspire you to grow such plants if you don't already.

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