WHAT'S LOOKING EXOTIC IN 2017

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  1. PeterS

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    Thanks for your comment Strongy. I certainly have had RSM in the past inside. The main solution for me was to remove most of the affected parts and then leave the plants outside over the summer. Can you ever get RSM outside - it seems to clear it up for me.

    I am not sure that I have ever knowingly had mealy bug, but I get waves of whitefly. They seem to just love some plants - Lantana and Asclepias being the worst. My father bought a big box of Sunlight soap either during the war or very shortly after. I still have loads of it left, as it is pretty primative and not much use as soap these days, but I have recently taken to using it as a basis for a soapy spray. There is no doubt that it is the old fashioned fatty soap. Its surprisingly effective, except that after getting rid of the whitefly I forget to spray again later, and the eggs hatch and they all come back again.
     
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      @PeterS, Oh what a mixture of beautiful plants :thumbsup::)
       
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        @PeterS I just get aphid attacks in the conservatory, no matter how I get rid of them they always come back! No whitefly and negligible RSM in the greenhouse.

        Nothing rooted from our Menorca Spring visit except just this one Plumbago. IMG_0742.JPG

        More Lemons ripening.
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          @strongylodon :wow: that Plumbago is STUNNING!! :wow: and those lemons l@@K SCRUMMY
           
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            @BeeHappy it is not a true (supermarket) lemon but a hybrid lemon crossed with either a mandarin or orange early last century, mainly grown due to it's half hardiness.
            It is not as acidic as a true lemon but whenever they ripen we have them with pancakes (why have them once a year?). We have a true lemon as well but no flowers or buds this year.
             
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              @strongylodon now you make the lemons sound even more scrummy-....milder/ sweeter and added to Pancakes love eyes.gif ... OHhhh lummy whats not too like smiley drooling.png
               
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                My biggest bugbear with Cantua buxifolia was that it was an RSM magnet, even outdoors.
                 
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                  I have a few Canarina canariensis tubers in a pot and this one has much smaller flowers of a slightly different colour and much darker foliage (and healthier looking if I'm honest)..............
                  [​IMG]Canarina canariensis by longk48, on Flickr

                  [​IMG]Canarina canariensis by longk48, on Flickr

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                  It is still outdoors huddled up with a few other "exotics" against the house wall.............
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                  Huddled up in there is Brugmansia sanguinea, Canarina canariensis, Clivia miniata, Echeveria agavoides and E.pulvinata, Gibasis pellucida, Oncidium, Salvia gesneriiflora and an S.elegans baby and Tradescantia purpurea.

                  Here's the Oncidium still managing to bloom...............
                  [​IMG]Oncidium noid by longk48, on Flickr
                   
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                    :wow::wow::wow: OMG that is EXQUISITE @longk ....it looks like something that Tinkerbell the fairy would live under or wear ....LUV luv LUV:wub2:
                     
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                      I love that Canarina LongK - mine doesn't seem to be anywhere near flowering yet. But I have had a little present. A while ago I bought a Musa Dwarf Cavendish, which I re-potted. And recently i have noticed a small Canarina plant growing out of its pot.

                      I can't work out how it got there. My Canarina has never produced seed to my knowledge - so it can't be from my plant. I can only think that a seed was in the compost when I bought the Musa.
                       
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                        Musa - presumably imported as trying to grow those on a commercial scale in the UK would be expensive. So not inconceivable that it was in there when you bought it. You need to rescue it just in case it is Canarina ehmanii!
                         
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                          Only if she likes the cold as it's a winter blooming plant :heehee:

                          I recently had Mr.Pridham bemoaning the same thing. All that I could really offer was that mine gets a dry summer bake in the greenhouse and is kept as cool as possible when in growth.
                           
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                            Fatsia japonica is flowering
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                            and Fatsia 'Spiders Web' illuminates a shady corner at this time of year:
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                              :lunapic 130165696578242 5: well i can provide plenty of cold, HMMmmm smiley.jpg so maybe I'll have to knit Tinkerbell a little hat scarf and mittens in a shade to match that BEEutiful bloom :imphrt:
                               
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                                Pachystachys lutea - one of my favorites. Its a member of the Acanthus family from Peru. I gather there is a red one P. coccinea, but I have never seen it.

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                                Calathea, a member of the ginger family from Brazil. Usually grown as a foliage plant, but you forget that it will flower as well.

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                                Hoya kerrii - Sweetheart Hoya. This was going very cheap so I took a chance. It should root and grow into a 10 feet tall Hoya climber, but I suspect that most are bought as Valenting Day gimmicks - and then they die. :smile:
                                 
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