April what's in flower ☼

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Great to read the last 3 months of the flowering thread and I read the Brugmansia thread also, great things happening Chrissy, Cetsrum and Dianne, well done. I hear Alistair has gone OS to grow exotics, much wider market for the commercial trade so hope he's successful. After coming back to OS I can't imagine a better place than Aust

Well my garden at the big house has flourished with the monsoonal rains that have hopefully gone now. We have settled in our other beach house 2 houses away from our big house and can close this up when ever we want to leave, it's so easy to maintain . My new passion (for plants that is ) are the new Aglaonemas that are going to hit the Australian market big time in the next year. I was able to get my hands on 6 new varieties that I got by tissue culture in Thailand . These little darlings thrive outside in the tropics and ABSOLUTELY nothing eats them. Below is a picture of a couple that I have just planted out. They are quite small but as you can see by the pic that the old common Silver Queen near it, is so plain compared to these new hybrids. I have no idea how they pollinate and not much research literature out there so will have to keep on digging..... wow you can put 5 pic's at once on here, were we always able to do that or is that a new feature?

I noticed Cestrum that Judy's yellow oleander flowered for you, mine is over 6ft and still no flowers, oh well maybe next season. I'm back for the winter here on the Island , the best place in the world to spend winters so will pop in regularly. I had my ipad and it's so frustrating with these mobile internet servers ,so slow that doing online forums is the pits, we won't even talk about the limitations of the iphone and how slow that is, give me a normal computer anyday...can you tell I'm menopausal, no patience at all.

Hope this photo turns out OK on here, do I need to resize???? can't remember,

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Clifton Springs, Australia

Welcome back, Mya.
So glad that everything has gone well for you in your move from one house to the other.....
I will have to look those Aglaonemas up.....they look very colourful...and nothing eats them!!!

The 5 pics is a new feature....a handy one too.
The photo was fine, if it gets too slow to upload, sometimes it's better to resize them.

Alistair has a coffee plantation in Colombia, he's home at the moment and that book he's been writing is due this month..
He is on Facebook too if you want to see what he's been up to.

Not many of my cannas survived, but your FiFi has been successful with cestrum and Chrissy.
Good to have you back.
Dianne.

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

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Not many of my cannas survived, but your FiFi has been successful with cestrum and Chrissy.
Good to have you back.
Dianne.


My cannas are fantastic however they are under lock and key otherwise they wouldn't have survived either,some as tall as 10 ft. Thanks for the tip re resizing and oh what a joy to stick 5 pics in at once, will try that with this post. I had a gardener put some cannas in big pots for me (I hinted pretty hard that's what I wanted) and they look stunning, especially the bronzed leaf type.

I'll have to ask Cestrum and Chrissy to post a pic of Fifi, would love to see what she turned out like. My brugs are all gone, too hard to maintain them here with the wallabies and possums but I love to read all about them, they are one majestic plant.

Also would love the link to Alistairs FB...thanks

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Clifton Springs, Australia

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529997369
This will get you there Mya, but Alistair will have to friend you, which I have no doubt he will...
Beautiful Cannas..they do look majestic in pots.

Here is a link to some Fifi pics and discussion http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1243283
cestrum and Chrissy will have more to show you.

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

thanks Di on both links

noonamah, Australia

"These little darlings thrive outside in the tropics and ABSOLUTELY nothing eats them."

I gather you don't have a feral pig problem? I sure wish I didn't :O(

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Quote from tropicbreeze :
"These little darlings thrive outside in the tropics and ABSOLUTELY nothing eats them."

I gather you don't have a feral pig problem? I sure wish I didn't :O(


OK you win, maybe something (pigs) does eat them...I was actually talking about my own demons...wallabies and possums, thank goodness we have no feral pigs on the Island, that would just about make me give up gardening..... how do you cope? electric fence?

West of Brisbane, Australia

Mya's back! How lovely :-)

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Quote from cestrum_SEQ :
Mya's back! How lovely :-)


Where's Chrissy ????

Has anyone heard from Judy ????

noonamah, Australia

Quote from MyaC :


OK you win, maybe something (pigs) does eat them...I was actually talking about my own demons...wallabies and possums, thank goodness we have no feral pigs on the Island, that would just about make me give up gardening..... how do you cope? electric fence?


Yes, I have an electric fence. But the wallabies broke it and shorted out the hot tape. From the tracks looks like a medium pig with some piglets got in. Luckily no permanent damage. Some plants chewed up and a lot dug up. Being the end of the wet season everything is drying fast, but I got to the plants in time and also fixed the fence. So now only the wallabies, possums and bandicoots can get in.

rosetta TASMANIA, Australia

Mya, my Gloriosas came up about 4'' and gave a couple away to friends[thank you again]...heres 'mauve cricket'-Anthony

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Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Quote from tropicbreeze :

Yes, I have an electric fence. But the wallabies broke it and shorted out the hot tape. From the tracks looks like a medium pig with some piglets got in. Luckily no permanent damage. Some plants chewed up and a lot dug up. Being the end of the wet season everything is drying fast, but I got to the plants in time and also fixed the fence. So now only the wallabies, possums and bandicoots can get in.


oh my and I thought I had it tough with just my wallabies and possums, we do have bush turkeys but my pup love's to chase them out of the garden through the day and I let him, gives him exercise and keeps the turkeys on their toes, he has never come close to catching one they are super fast when they want to be..... I've read some of your posts in the tropical garden section and love the diversity of your landscape, must be a real challenge yet rewarding when it all comes together, a real credit to you.

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

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Mya, my Gloriosas came up about 4'' and gave a couple away to friends[thank you again]...heres 'mauve cricket'-Anthony


would you believe that on my travels I found a pure yellow one and yes it did come home with me....was there any doubt...no flowers and alas probably not till next summer now ....

Clifton Springs, Australia

You certainly must post when that one flowers...yellow must be beautiful.

The orange Frangipani you gave me, did get to 15cms and then a slug/snail ate thru the centre, so it is now only tiny again....but still going..it sprouted new leaves this summer so I know it's ok...
Are you still growing them from seed?

No one has heard from Judy unfortunately, she was going to cut down on her garden...hope she kept her Oleanders...

Chrissy is secretary on BGI, so she is very busy...there is a FB link that she updates for them as well.
She hasn't been here for a week or so,

Clifton Springs, Australia

Anthony, Mauve Cricket is lovely...those spider types are beautiful...

noonamah, Australia

Thanks Mya. Yes, it is a challenge and sometimes makes me ask why keep doing it. Then I realise I'd feel lost not doing it.

We don't have Bush Turkeys here but the Jungle Fowl (or Orange-footed Scrub Fowl as the Twitchers insist is their right name) do the same job.

A couple of Spathoglottis plicata still flowering now.

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Sydney, Australia

What beautiful pictures !

How are you settling in in your new home Mya ? so you have a new love ...Aglaonemas, I am unfamiliar with that plant I must google and see what it is ? it looks like a house plant, is it a foliage plant ?

I certainly will post pics of Fifi when she blooms again, it's crazy weather here (well it has been for months). The Brug buds are all taking ages to go from green to colour because of the recent cool nights, but we are having a heat patch at the moment (of course it may play havoc with crossing the impending flushes but I am loving the ground drying up a bit). I will post Fernado hopefully in the next day or two ...it's hard to tell when exactly but very soon.

Are you going to breed these Aglaonemas ? do they make flowers at all ?

re all your wildlife ...gosh I am glad I only have to contend with the odd rabbit, wild cows and the snakes here and there !
having all those large munchers is a real challenge, I don't envy you.

cestrum I had one of your Apricot (Brugs) bloom but the snails or grasshoppers had gotten to it, sorry, hopefully the next one will be ok.

West of Brisbane, Australia

So many snails in my garden now that I'm finding it difficult to get anything done outside, because pretty much wherever I look my gaze falls on a snail. So I have to keep stopping what I'm doing to pick it off and crush it--it's really distracting! And they're all small, so harder to see, more tricky to pull off (with gloves)--and a LOT more of them!
Here's that nodding yellow abutilon that self-seeded from god-knows-where around my compost bin. Wonderful thing is that I harvested a seedpod and have tiny seedlings of it--I wonder what they will look like?
Mya, it's too bad you had to give your shrimp plants away because, once they're established, they are tough plants and in your climate would survive pretty much without watering. But not if they're in hanging baskets, of course, where they need regular watering ...

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Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Cestrum I love shrimp plants however in hanging baskets they do need constant care and I just wasn't around regularly enough to keep them looking lush and the wallabies eat them in the ground, so its a no brainer really.....have you got a picture of your orange shrimp in your picture files? love to see it thanks.

Chrissy oh my, these Aglaonemas are gorgeous, you're probably familiar with them, the other name for them is chinese evergreens and they are indoor foliage plants in cooler climates....traditionally they only used to have the green with the silver fleck through them until the Thai's got hold of them and started breeding these coloured hybrids. They do wonderfully up north here and practically double in size within a few weeks. They do get flowers non descript but I'm thinking this is how they are cross pollinating and coming out with these new hybrids. It's good to stumble on a plant that does so well in my environment that the wallabies don't eat.....the wallabies also leave the dieffenbachias (dumb cane) alone will try and cross pollinate these with my coloured Aglaonemas as well. I have NO idea what I am talking about so really need to research...anyway here's a link for the common aglaonemas but my coloured beauties are so much more striking than these however these are the bloodline so will try and cross pollinate when my coloured ones flower.

http://www.hartsnursery.com.au/plants/indoor_plants.html







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Sydney, Australia

Ok I do remember looking at some in the nurseries ...they looked very tropical so I passed by.

I found this for you
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep382

Those @#$%^& tiny little snails are eating through the calyx and leaves no matter what you do cestrum, some are so small that they look like a bug poop,good luck with your Lantern seedlings cestrum.

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Quote from chrissy100 :
Ok I do remember looking at some in the nurseries ...they looked very tropical so I passed by.

I found this for you
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep382

Those @#$%^& tiny little snails are eating through the calyx and leaves no matter what you do cestrum, some are so small that they look like a bug poop,good luck with your Lantern seedlings cestrum.


Chrissy that's fantastic how did you find that, I have scoured google and nix and you pull the rabbit out of the hat, with that link...you're a legend, thanks. I've printed it all off ,don't understand it at all , so will have to dissect it bit by bit ....just like those snails of Cestrums.


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Clifton Springs, Australia

How's the colour of this one....will your's be like this Mya?

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Sydney, Australia

Golly there sure are a lot of them.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14676023@N06/sets/72157602296385921/
Amazing.

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Di tell me that's not yours or if it is, lock it up, cause I know where you live...aren't they stunning most new hybrids are so vibrant that you wonder where they got the red/pink colour from initially as most of the aglaonemas were so plain.

Chrissy yes they are all OS but slowly filtering in the country via the tissue/flask culture system ,this is done in a big way and the people that have initially started the importing have made a grave mistake by not setting up their production up north here....it's taking them absolute ages to get them growing because they need a humid warm climate albeit in shade to thrive. I'm experimenting at present and I have them in full shade ,full sun ,filtered light,as an understorey plant and honestly they are just thriving ,new leaves galore. You know how we used to baby our brugs ,petrified because they were so rare, well never again, they swim or sink...look how little this was 2 weeks ago, it's literally doubled.

ebay sellars are now releasing some stock,this will go down in price once bunnings get there hands on some........

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1311&_nkw=aglaonema&_sacat=See-All-Categories

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Clifton Springs, Australia

Wow, I wouldn't go back to eBay for a while Mya, if I were you.....some of the ones on there are stunning......Do you know if the colouration on your babies will increase/decrease?....Neecie, one of the sellers, mentioned that feeding and light can alter the result...isn't that the same with Bromeliads?.
I won't be tempted, I'm still trying to get my Bat Plant to flower again...
Though just imagine a garden massed with Aglaonemas.....
Mya, how do you pronounce it's name is it Agla ony mas?

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Dianne it's pronounced (see below) and I still have to break it down in my head like that otherwise gibbly goop comes out.

Aglaonema
ag-luh-oh-NEE-muh


Here's a link for pronouncing Latin names....I use it all the time now...my friend who is a horticulturist uses the Latin names all the time and has no problem rolling the names off her tongue, she is is so good that she finishes my plant word with just the start of the letter I'm trying to pronounce.

http://overplanted.com/resources/latin.php

West of Brisbane, Australia

That foliage is glorious, Dianne. Mya, you already have the perfect climate for adeniums, so go for it if you can get these new hybrids to grow. How exciting to be trailblazing this way :-)

My orange shrimp plants are just beginning to flower: there are literally only three flowers in total. These cuttings have taken ages to get established, and the seedlings are still very small--no chance of a flower on any of them for at least another year.

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Clifton Springs, Australia

Thanks for the link, Mya ...I have bookmarked it.
Cestrum aren't there some magnificent Adeniums available the colours are incredible ...an eBay seller keeps sending me news of his latest seeds for sale .....I can only drool, can't grow them here...did you keep your's Mya?
I can't go tropical but I can go cottage....these Monkshood flowers are among the loveliest of them all in my eyes....I haven't been able to get a plant for ages, then last year I found one...it's flowering for the first time now.
To me they have always looked like Conquistador's helmets rather than monk's hoods....

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Sydney, Australia

Dianne is that this one ?
http://www.alchemy-works.com/aconitum_napellus.html
It's very pretty ...it isn't the killer one is it ?

West of Brisbane, Australia

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It's very pretty ...it isn't the killer one is it ?

Says she who grows "killer" brugs LOL
So that's a true blue? Not such a common colour, and rare in my garden. (I wonder if there are fewer blue flowers that grow well in the subtropics than in more temperate/colder regions? Just a thought.)

Clifton Springs, Australia

Yes, Chrissy that's the one...beautiful and deadly...what a combo...sound slightly familiar....lol
Love the blues, cestrum especially in the Salvias..

Sydney, Australia

yes it sounds familiar lol, oh except they murdered people with it.
I expect it is like the Brug , common sense is all.
Er please don't eat the daisies oops I mean Monk's Hood.

West of Brisbane, Australia

Whereas brugs have historically been used for hallucinogenic purposes ... I mean, rather than for killing. By people who aren't just growing them for their beauty and fragrance, as we are.
I notice that Alistair's book is going to have a discussion of the shamanic use of brugs; I guess in a book intended for an international readership, you can't ignore this aspect of brug history.

Sydney, Australia

I remember a famous grower saying Brugs put a spell on you and force you to love them :) In folklore only I am sure he believed it too. ^_^ I look forward to the book. We need it here in Australia.

rosetta TASMANIA, Australia

Kenora Sunset- take a good deep look,.,.it;s brilliant

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Sydney, Australia

It's beautiful Anthony ...hot hot colour !

Magnetic Island, Australia(Zone 11)

Quote from g_whizz :
Kenora Sunset- take a good deep look,.,.it;s brilliant


That's one fantastic colour, stunning and I'm sure the camera doesn't do it justice....just WOW

Clifton Springs, Australia

Gorgeous Anthony, that is a great colour.....so now it's Liliums and Dahlias?
Where will you sleep?

West of Brisbane, Australia

Anthony, that's not a plant--it's a lava lamp LOL
Here's the last of my canangas (C. odorata) to flower (for the first time). I did smell the ylang ylang perfume last night (from the tree near my bedroom I think) but then had to shut everything up because of the smell of smoke from somewhere. Unlike the Cestrum nocturnum, this smell is never cloying. And although they look terrible at the end of each winter, they obviously aren't that tender because they recover every year. (The hot and humid growing season is the key there.)

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rosetta TASMANIA, Australia

How does everyone feel about growing dahlias ?- I know they are not very popular in the USA..I picked up 30 of these tubers for $10 late afternoon on the last day of the orchid show.,.,.since then, ive ordered 12 'pom pon' babies,,,..Look out , when i win lotto!!!'' Anthonys Flower World'',.,.,.,.

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