What's looking exotic in 2019

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  1. PeterS

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    Happy New Year to everyone. Being winter, things are a bit quiet, but even so a few plants are flowering.

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    Thunbergia coccinea is now flowering its head off. I can't find any information whether it only flowers over the winter or whether, like its close relative Thunbergia mysorensis, it can flower all the year round.

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    Calamondin. Just look at all that fruit forming - its really done me proud this year.

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    I am coming round to really liking Anthuriums, as they seem to flower for an absurdly long time, and come in a good range of colours. They seem to like my conditions of 18C over the winter and high humidity. I recently learnt that the are epiphytes (ie grow in trees like air plants) which explains the need for high humidity. They don't really need any soil at all. The striped leaf plant between the two Anthuriums is Aphelandra squarrosa.
     
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      We don't have a green with envy smilie! :doh:
       
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        Good job too! A green face is more commonly associated with pewking :heehee:

        @PeterS - I am green with envy, especially over the Thunbergia! The best that I have at the moment is Gelsemium sempervirens but that is in the house so it don't really count.
         
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          Pfff..I'd settle for Gelsemium anywhere!
           
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            I took it (Gelsemium sempervirens) out into the sun for some photos today................
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            I bought it last September out of the bargain bin so I'm not totally sure if I can take credit for it blooming or not. There were no buds on it but the early groundwork can be just as important as the later care with so many plants.
             
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              Gelsemium in a bargain bin??:thud: The only things on offer round here are dead Kalanchoes :wallbanging:
              I do have a rather happy Jasmine sambac, though, and it strikes from cuttings very easily :)
               
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                Is that a single or a double flower?
                 
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                Single flowers, @longk. Amazing perfume and evergreen. I have to rely on Gardenia 'Crown Jewel' for double flowers :)
                 
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                I'll have to see if I can strike a cutting of the Gelsemium then ?
                 
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                  You star, you! Does it set seed? Even fresh seed would be gratefully accepted :)
                  Would you like the jasmine straight away or shall I wait until the weather warms up?
                   
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                  PM on its way
                   
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                  Voodoo Lily (Amorphophallus konjac) - now very smelly

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                  Its an impressive flower.

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                  Brunfelsia pauciflora (Yesterday Today and Tomorrow plant). So called as the flowers come out blue on the first day, turn to white on the second day and pink on the third day. Its not so warm at this time of the year so the flowers do last longer than 3 days.

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                  Porphyrocoma pohliana (Brazilian Fireworks) - a member of the Acanthus family

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                  Heliconia stricta - I am so pleased to see this in flower again this year.

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                  Heliconia psitticorum.

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                  What's this (red one)? its obviously a bromeliad - but I don't know any more. I found it in one of those irritating places, that sells plants very cheaply but without any labels.
                   
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                    @PeterS Yeterday I noticed that my Amorphophallus konjac have just pushed through the compost in the cold greenhouse and I thought they were get going early.
                     
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                      Hi Nigel - this was my first Amorphophallus flower so I didn't know what to expect. Mine has been kept reasonably warm at 18C over the winter. The stem was growing at about a foot a week.
                       
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