Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Odds and Ends

This plant of Cymbidium erythrostylum is flowering for the first time.  Definitely worth the wait. At first I kept hoping the lateral petals would open, but they don't.  Oh well.  The fact that the flowers last for 4-6 weeks more than makes up for this.

This is a Cattleya hybrid that I was given with the name 'Alecia'.  I can find no reference to this, but at this point I really don't care.  Who wants to discount a plant with a floral display like this because a name can't be readily applied.  Some plants are just meant to be enjoyed.

Here is my hand in an attempt to give the flowers some scale.  The fragrance of these long-lasting flowers is to die for.  Perhaps this is a Cattleya hardyana type?

Here is the fabled Lachenalia viridiflora. The flower color is to die for, and only Ixia viridiflora can even come close.  These plants are embarrassingly easy to grow and hopelessly flop all over.  Next year  a nice, lean medium is in order.  This plant always flowers around the time of the legendary Ohio State/Michigan football game.  Is that a good a bad reminder?

Since this is a post of totally random lanes, here is one the make it interesting.  This is a form of Symphyotrichum (Aster) pratense collected in Kentucky.  I have not seen many other forms of this species, but word on the street is that this deeply colored form is something special.  Now I just need to think of a good cultivar name...

Symphyotrichum pratense cascading out of a raised bed.

A side view of the flowers of S. pratense showing the characteristic phyllaries and the scale of the flowers.  These flowers are quite large among our native asters.

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