Hi Jamie,Thank you.The leaves on then speciosa feels like velet. I only sowed a few seeds of each,I have another speciosa that will open in a few days and 3 more of hcy's cross is going to be awhile.I love growing crosses.
Jan, your Sinningias are beautiful! :) As for those two yellow ones: Those are real hard to ID, aren't they? They look like they may last a while, though, and maybe that'll help you to get a positive ID... ;)
Oh, and Sinningias in bloom become VERY thirsty! Don't let their usually rather forgiving "keep me on the dry side" nature fool you: Once you see buds, watch your watering regimen!!!
Hi everyone! I have not posted on this forum in a long time... I see a few familiar names (Hope you all have been well!) and many I do not know (Hi! How y'all doing?).
I still keep some gessies, though down to just a few epicias and one Sinn. 'Rios days Pedras' (sent to me oh so long ago by none other than jannich!).
I am wanting to get back to growing some Streps again, but having a hard time finding my faves now. I did order my two top faves (Spin Art and B's Party Boy) and they will be here tomorrow! I posted my wants on the want/have thread... Please, if you know anyone who may have these, let me know.
I may have some stolons available off a couple of my epicias later on in the Spring as well... Let me just watch them a bit longer, and see how many I can take.
Thanks... Take care and have a blessed evening!
Welcome back Karen! Nice seeing you here.That was many moons ago sending you Rio das pedras.Was it the regular rio or the dark form? I'm on the hunt for a few seeds from the regular one if you have a few. Can't help you out with streps.I kill them to fast.LOL.
imadigger,I'll take some pictures how to make the flowers,I'm not good a explaining.LOL.
Welcome back, Karen. It's good to see you posting again. The RR should be starting soon. They will be violets, streps etc. in the box, I'm sure. Just remember to joing. It's fun and you get some 'good stuff' from the box.
@jannich -- I'll be looking forward to the instructions. Pictures are the best way for me too. Old age doesn't help with understanding. LOL!
Keep the gessies pictures coming. I love to add to my want list. I only have the same ones still blooming. I'm waiting for the baby violets from last RR to start showisng buds. !
The only think I have to share is my new Great-granddaughter. Ava. We think she is so beautiful.
Although there is still snow on the ground here, there are a few AVs starting to bloom in the house. The first is Thunder Surprise, one of my very favorites. As you can see from the picture, the flowers are an amazing lavender, edged in green. When the blooms really get going, you cannot see the plant, there are so many flowers. The second one is White Madonna. Lovely girl-type foliage with a pure white flower with the yellow pollen sacs in the center. These will have to hold me until Spring comes.
'Mud season' comes every Spring in New Hampshire for a greater or lesser time period. It is that time of year between the melting of the snow and enough sun to dry out the dirt roads. Last night's local news featured pictures of cars and even one school bus stuck in mud up to their doors. Right now I have a dirt road running beside the house where I cannot walk with the dog for fear of leaving my shoes behind. Warmer weather next week should help alleviate the problem.
I hope Spring is approaching in your neck of the woods.
It gets a little like that here when we have a lot of snow,but this was a dry year.This past week has been sunny for the most part and 70's and 80's.It can't last...we usually have snow and cold into March and even April.Average planting date is May 10.Sometimes it rains so much and the nights get so cold I can't get anything into the ground until June or even late June.
Earle- love your violets. My White Madona is having trouble putting out girly leaves. Mine has regular leaves. I think it my be the 'other' White Madona, but mine has double flowers like yours,. The 'other' is supposed to have single blooms.
Very pretty violets, Sally0. very healthy.
VA wild rose -Love the yellow epicia. wish I had one.
Didn't realize there were two 'White Madonna's. I checked the AVSA database and it indicates the 'other' is supposed to have single star flowers and dark green foliage. Mine is definitely girl foliage and double white flowers. Looks just like the picture in the database. There is no picture of the other one.
earl, I really don't know what mine is. It came to me as White Madonna. It has double flowers, but leave are not girly. It still has the youg baby leaves in it, and the new leaves look different. Maybe the leaves will now come in girly. Here's two pictures, one of blooms and leaves, and the other is just the bloom.
You definitely have a mystery there. The leaves on your plant are not 'girly' leaves and I wouldn't expect them to change at this point. I have half a dozen 'White Madonnas' that I started from leaf cuttings last fall. They already have the girl foliage even though small. The flowers are dead ringers for what my plant is producing. Gotta love a good mystery!
Hope I don't stir up any trouble by asking this...
Does anyone have contact for Gail from Taft, TX?
She used to go by gessiegail on here.
The reason I am asking is that she used to keep a ton of Streps,
And she may have some of the varieties I can't seem to find anywhere.
I'd like to check with her for them.
How about bigoldbuck701... Jim I think?
I wish I knew were they were too! I miss them both. They grew some gorgeous streps. Hope someone can leas us to them. Maybe they are on another forum. I've been searching, but I haven't found them yet.
Well, the new place is an apartment with full Southern exposure on the 20th floor. No window sills. Not loving it but I will cope. Gotta be crafty... LOL
Well, and before you ask: I moved there because it's wheelchair accessable for my partner and that was more important than my plants. The decision was between accessability and living on the third floor with no elevator... :)
Welcome back Olaf. Missed your pictures and postings. We do what we have to do, to keep us happy and safe. Our gessies are an added bonus. Mine are all going great. I'm waiting for the RR to get off the ground.
@Karen---you can find Jim at the funwithgessies forum. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/funwithgessies
I miss seeing gessiebgall's posts and pictures here. I feel she was booted unfairly. We lost a great member. She has some great looking streps. I know she also grew hoya. She may be on funwithgessies too, but with a different user name.
I don't care for yahoo groops either. I love the people on there. I still don't know how to post pics there. I just read all the posts from getting the daily digest. I don't post to much at all on there. There's a lot of just little comments. It's good if you have lost of time to go thru all the postings. Lots of people from daves garden went there after the problems with just a few bad apples. Gail was caught in the middle. I miss her posting here. She tried to get me started in streps-sent me quite a few cuttings, the perlite, and even a box to root them in. I'm a dork when it comes to streps. Can't grow them al all. I'm going to try again. I got some seeds from bratpack 2 forum and just saw one little strep popping up. Maybe this one will grow up to be an adult. LOL.
Very nice pictures, both of you. I thought I would add a couple more African Violets to the mix. The first one is Edee's Rosebud Trail, a very prolific trailer. You might note that there are 2 distinctly different flowers on the same plant. The other picture is Champagne Taste. One of my favorites, along with King's Ransom, for the large flower size, over 2 inches across.
According to the AVSA database, Edee's Rosebud Trail is suppose to have variegated leaves with a double pink flower. I have had this plant for several years and it did, initially have double pink flowers. Now, what you see is what you get. Neither flower is a double pink and, in fact, they are both singles. To add to the mystery here, the two different flowers are on two different crowns of the same plant. I have rooted some small cowns over the winter. I will just have to wait to see what kind of flower is produced.
I am attaching a picture of the same plant from two years ago. It looks more like a double pink flower. I love a good mystery.
Here's Gesneria pedicellaris. I have never grown a Gesneria but from what I read, this plant should be happy among my micro minis in the fish tank... Oh, and for a whopping three bucks, I just wasn't able to resist... :)
Jamie: the seedlings survived and seem happy so far. Particularly the Paliavana and the Drymonia have grown quite a bit. The Neomortonia are a little lanky but that's kind of normal at this stage.The Gloxinia are tiny and literally waiting for better weather... LOL