WHAT'S LOOKING EXOTIC IN 2018

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  1. kindredspirit

    kindredspirit Gardening around a big Puddle. :)

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    Planted this Schefflera macrophylla recently but I've a cold, exposed garden and limey soil so I'm pushing my luck. Fingers crossed anyway. I've stuck it in between two rows of bamboo and threw some mulch on it so we'll see if it survives.


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      It is a lovely plant so always worth a punt.
       
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        Even though its now December, there are still a few plants flowering today.
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        Thunbergia coccinea, in its second year of flowering.

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        Dichorisandra thrysiflora - blue ginger

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        Ipomea indica still puts out a few flowers.

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        This Calamondin has been wonderful. Look at all the fruit forming, and it's now covered in blossom as well.

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        The Heliconias keep surprising. As soon as I think their flowering season has ended, more blooms appear.

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        Another Heliconia psitticorum.

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        This strange foliage plant from South Africa is Inulanthera calva. There is almost no information on it on the internet.
         
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          That is outstanding! :dbgrtmb:
           
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            Thanks LongK. My Thunbergia mysorensis sadly died a couple of years ago. But I am more than happy with T. coccinea as a substitute. Now that I am heating my conservatory more over the winter, it warm enough to go and sit there without needing any sun. So I am able to appreciate the winter flowering plants more.

            I would have still liked to have grown T. mysorensis as well, but as it and presumably coccinea too can grow to over 40 feet long - I may be pushed for space. :rolleyespink:
             
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              I bought an Odontoglossum with two flowers spikes last June, they lasted about a month or so but in early November two new buds emerged and it is now in flower again.
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                Just arrived today from E bay, all I've got to do is keep it alive till spring.:redface::biggrin:
                Leucospermum "tango".

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                Its a good strong cutting.
                 
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                  That's the spirit - there's nothing like a bit of good old fashioned plant greed!

                  Mine didn't bloom so well this year, let alone bloom twice :blue thumb:

                  If you don't mind my asking was it dear?
                   
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                    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                    Well its quite dear to me, :biggrin:
                    If your asking was it expensive? I guess it was, as I only bought one plant, as usual the postage puts the price up.
                    But now I can see the quality, I might buy more in the future?
                    Multiple plants lower the postage, but it took 3 weeks to arrive, I dont think they rush around much in Madera.:biggrin:

                    PROTEA 'TANGO" (Leucospermum) - Plants - Orange Pincushion. | eBay
                     
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                      I brought two Proteas back from Madeira earlier this year in my suitcase, they were 4 euros each so that price on ebay is fairly reasonable (well cheaper than a flight and hotel anyway). I bought some orchids from that same ebay seller out there at Quinta da Boa Vista Orchid garden, they were rooted in sawdust so I changed that when I got back home. What is yours growing in @pete ?
                       
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                        I would love to bring back some plants from Madeira next month but I will be away for 5 weeks in through May and I will have no one to look after anything regularly so I will have to give it a miss.

                        That looks a healthy plant @pete, it should put on some growth next year.
                         
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                          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                          It's growing/ rooted into what looks like ordinary peat based compost, I've potted it up into a mixture of bark, peat and a bit of hydroleca.
                          I'm not sure how fussy these are regarding compost, all you read says Protea are very fussy, but my P. cynaroides is growing in pretty much ordinary well drained garden soil.

                          I'd not think sawdust would be good for any plant, but possibly might be ok to form roots only.:smile:
                           
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                            Pity we don't live closer or we could organise a plant sitting circle.

                            Still worth taking a chance with the Proteas, they need next to no watering. I also brought back some bare rooted Aloes - they should survive planted out in May in a sheltered spot. There will also be very cheap bulbs that you can plant and forget in May: Amaryllis, Agapanthus and Watsonia.
                             
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                              Couldn't you rig up some capillary matting and a trough of water. We used to do that in the old days before we had so many volunteers to pop in and look after things. Maybe a neighbour could just check that the trough is topped up. :blue thumb:
                               
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                                My neighbour may be able to look in now and then but as some plant need more water than others, capillary or other watering set ups would not be suitable.
                                 
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