Thats enough introduction - on with the plants!
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6th May 2012
One sunny day last week was enough to make it clear that summer is waiting around the corner, ready to pounce. The cold wet weather of April has hung on for longer than expected and when it ends summer will arrive with a percussive sizzle. No an easy sound to imagine, but my fried eggs do it when I put too much oil in the pan. A tiny explosion of delicious promise. Lunchtime coming, and I have distracted myself!
Most of my spare time this week has been taken up with planting. The greenhouse is still full of things that should really be in the ground, but it isn't as full as it was. We are promised a couple more days of rain next week. It won't be enough for the newly planted to establish, but it might be enough to assuage my guilt about leaving it so late.
The final few Pleione buds are swelling in the greenhouse and the great wonder of the season has been P.forrestii. I last flowered it in 2008 and was starting to think I would never see it again. I bought the pseudobulb in the winter of 2007 and the flower bud had already initiated, so the flower in 2008 wasn't really down to me. Since the flower would probably have developed from the dry pseudobulb, the most I can claim was that for a few months in 2008 I failed to kill the plant. This time I am going to take the credit!
When I got it I was quite convinced the plant needed sharp drainage, and planted it in a very open orchid mix, despite warnings from experienced growers that it liked moss and moisture. Eventually I took heed, and used good layer of sphagnum moss to grow it in. This is my reward for not being entirely deaf and obstinate.
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