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This is a very young plant (sorry I didn't mean that, it took 1 -1/2 yr to bloom) Wranglers "Winter Hawk" flower is 1 -1/2" across - should be disbuded to strengthen the plant. will be beautiful. An old timer like me. helene
Sinningia 'Gabriel's Horn'. One of the totally awesome (almost) calyx double Sinningias. By May 1st the flower should be open. :)
Well, and there are buds on Episcia 'Butternut', Sinningia 'Flair', 'Seminole', 'Snowbird', 'Amanda's Penny', 'Country Tiger' x self, muscicola and eumorpha 'Saltao'. Thus far the saying holds true: April showers bring May flowers...
It could have looked so much better if it had more blooms! Not that it looks bad, mind you . . . but I've got pix of it with 2x more blooms . . .
My other plants got blue ribbons too . . . which is just wrong . . . but, they say you are too hard on your own plants . . . I think I'm way too critical of them.
Now, I did get a white ribbon on the underwater design. They said the water was cloudy. But, it's not cloudy - it was the reflection off the round bowl from the sides of the white niche . . . here is a pic . . . granted, it does look cloudy, but if they just put one of their clipboards to the side to block the whiteness, it went away!
Helene- Does 'Winter Hawk' grow large? Has it been a winner for you in the past? It's fantastic.
Olaf- 'Gabriel's Horn' is blowing its' glory. How beautiful. What does 'calyx double' mean?
Nichole- Your underwater design is perfect. It should have won. What a shame about the niche reflection.
years ago didn't have underwater design - the mobiles were new then - your stuff is beautiful. Mind you those judges - depending how hungry for breakfast and lunch they are reflects on their judging. They do come from distances.
Winter hawk a new discovery for me - I love wavy leaves. A leave of this was found when I got home from buying soil 2 years ago and it finally bloomed. Should be disbudded but I can't do that. Wranglers stuff is wild. Now if you want a leaf or two i'll do good on that in June. Making sewing room in my garage just now. More $$$ than I wanted to spend but DH gone need to follow the sun. Then I am going to DD for her 50th in NJ back end of may.
If you want to try I'll send. Geourges I just cannot dispbud. Did take a long time to grow but Oh My
Sorry about the bits if insulation that are still on the leaves . . . I basically just took it out of it's box, gave it a squirt of water, and put it in a tiny dome. Sometime this week I will get it all cleaned up . . . 'cause there's more buds in there (you can see them tucked in there), and I want it all cleaned up for the next pic.
Ok, so I've been looking at my Episcia 'My Black Beauty' for the past few days . . . I've got to say it was looking kinda sorry . . . I even put it into an 8" container to water it from the bottom on - that was a few days ago. I was just in there looking at what I need to work on next, and the poor thing looks even worse! There was still water at the bottom of the larger container . . . then I see it . . . it's still double potted . . . and for those of you who show plants, you know what I did . . . I forgot to take the press'n'seal from the bottom of the pot, so it couldn't absorb any water!
I won't take a pic of its sorry self right now, but here's a pic from the show 2 weeks ago . . . it's the one in the lower left . . .
Here is a bloom from HCY's Blue Dolphin . . . you guys remember I posted a pic back in December or January of the two tiny leaves that finally popped out of the soil? It's now a decent size in a 3 oz solo cup. The leaves are pale/bronze-ish . . . but I think that's from being too close to the lights. I moved it to a shelf where it will be further from the lights . . .
Turns out that everything mith a micro mini parent doesn't have to be a miniature. My plant is about a foot tall now. It produces one or two flowers per axil. Jim Steuerlein created this cool hybrid. It's Sinningia muscicola ("Rio Das Pedras") x bullata ("Florianopolis"). The leaves look like oversized muscicola leaves. Young leaves have a bit of the bright green of the bullata parent and are also slightly pebbled. A very easy grower and constant bloomer. Doesn't need as much light as other Sinningias.
Exactly! It's a very nice looking plant so far. The cool thing about it is just like it is for one of its parents 'Suomi': Looking like a million of other Episcias until it blooms... I love it! :) Thanks so much, Helene!
Fortunately, Episcias are on the easier-to-groom side and literally everything that you cut off can be shared. Especially when it is such a beautiful plant that deserves to be circulated more widely. I feel reminded of Ingrid Lindskog's stories of how she got her first Kohlerias way back when, over there in Sweden. Well, and of course, I feel reminded of what my grandmother always told me: growing plants is all about sharing!
I have so much Saltao seed in the fridge. I think, I'll start a batch for everyone on here. :) It's one of thos plants that IMHO everyone should grow. I also have some nice, little Sinningia guttata. Can't wait for them to grow up.
In a few weeks, my Sinningia speciosa seedlings should be blooming. Their buds are just starting to peek through the foliage.