Seeing your photo reminded me of the solitary one bulb we had of that plant. It was growing in a pot and bloomed for several years but finally gave up the ghost!
Yours look beautiful under that palm tree. You can certainly make a lovely garden picture with massed plantings of one variety.
Thank you ferrymead
This last week I dug them out.
And got more than 300 good size bulbs.
This Pic is what I got from just one original bulb.
I put 200 back in the original garden.
Should be great next winter.
ginger749 do you know what Hippeastrum that is? I have seen it in a few old gardens around Sydney - maybe Hippeastrum blossfeldiae???? Its a beautiful plant and not one of the usual (too) big-flowered hybrids!
Yay I second that... I have lots too...the first one I ever owned was given to me as an indoor plant when I knew nothing of gardening ...and it was a nice green indoor plant too for 2/3 years...then I put it outside...ooooh a big flower! loved them ever since but don't know the names of any except the apple blossom. Those hippys look great under the palm tree...very happy.
i got my orange ones like Gingers from the tip where someone had thrown a heap to one side near the green waste dump area. I knew they were hippies but had no Idea what colour, and was pleased to get the orange. I have them in pots and put each pot in a terracotta pot for display when they are flowering.
I was Trail Bike riding through the mountains for 5 days .
And the day I was supposed to go to the POM Botanical Gardens .
Michael Somare was put back in power ,
and there were riots and we were confined to our Compound .
I did see this on the ride . Do you know what it is ?
It is a pregnant female Cycad! LOL! Probably Cycas revoluta, commonly known as the Sago Palm (which I have NEVER understood since it isn't the plant they make sago out of!) Heh! Common names are weird! Cycads are very interesting plants, they are true "living fossils" and have been around longer than the dinosaurs. You need two plants, a male and a female to make seeds, so there must have been a male plant somewhere close to this one. I have 3 cycads in my collection, two C. revoluta and a Zamia furfuracea (AKA Cardboard Palm) but they are all fairly small, so it will be a long time before I see a display like this one! KK.
Awwwww! Done it again. Must send post before navigating away. (Looked at the pic again) I thought it was a Cycad too, but maybe a different species, only because I haven't seen the seeds below the foliage, and there is no Fluff. The seeds are also usually Orange, but perhaps these have been on the plant for sometime and the seeds have lost their orange coating, the Fluff has flown and new leaves have grown?
Don't know about the rest of you Ozzie's ,
But I'm getting Lots & Lots of Rain .
Rain Beautiful Rain XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
All my tanks are full and I'm up to 135 mm in 1 1/2 days .
I have been weeding in the rain , I guess I'll have to mow soon .
Hope every one else is getting some . Wink Wink .
Hi Ginger, yes we're having lots 'n' lots of rain too. The dam is overflowing, the pool is overflowing, the tank is overflowing, the wheelbarrow is overflowing. I looked at the rain guage this morning and it was full to the brim, so in 24 hours we got over 160mm.
Enough is enough!
I think it will take a lot more to fill the Brisvegas Dams .
There are 3 Big Dams and they are down to 17% full / empty .
I have been mulching for 2 weeks now .
This will help no end . I'm going out to take a Pic now .
Geeze Ginger, your paw paws are happening! Is that Trachelospermum tricolour (?)
hanging over the top of the tyres? With what are you mulching you garden? I've been using hardwood chip in the big tree and shrub areas, and sugarcane trash and hay mulch in the vege beds and the annual and perrenial display beds.
We had a break in the clouds today, just enough for me to get out and plant the Magnolia I bought last thursday, the Cape Vigilia I bought about 8 weeks ago and the snap dragons and Allysum I bought sunday just gone. Well, I've still got some snappy and alllysum to go, but they'll keep.
How much did your Macrozamia look like a date palm? That was my first thought, but I couldn't see any spines. I think it also looks alot like a Burrawang? Doh! I just looked up the names for the spelling and found out the Macrozamia is a burrawang! Well, I'm almost smarter than I thought! LOL
Hubby thinks he's a know-it-all and reckons your last pic might be Alpina. He's a Bultaco fan and is always on the lookout for more! He races them in vintage motorcross on occassion and does fairly well. I, on the other hand, am a fair weather rider, and as the day was soooooo nice, we rode out to Nana Glen (Kooka cafe) for a mugacino and scones (only 25 minutes from home on country roads. I ride like an old mole, (says hubby) and cruised about at 90k so I could look about and take it all in. Our poor old bikes in need of some love and attention though. Now the weather is warming up I'm sure we'll get out on them a bit more.
Note in the pic, the corrugated iron kooka against the tree.
I think, when the flower bud drops off, the bit at the top of the stem (Receptacle or Ovary) swells, and this contains the seed. Mine were black, flat and papery. I never planted them, as its much quicker to get new plants by seperating the bulbs. You can self polinate them, but you never know what you'll get. It could still be the same as either parent, or totally different. I've seen the experts use a paint brush to brush the pollen on the stigma. I haven't studied a hippeastrium flower though and don't know if its bisexual (both male and female parts in one flower), also it may already be pollinated by other flowers around it, or on the same stem. It's interesting though, and gave me a good reason to look in my botany notes and refresh my memory. Thanks Debi!
That fungus does not sound good...Hope you can save it ...Never had such a problem ...they just grow like weeds...make sure the bulb is up high enough out of the ground...they like the sun to bake on the bulb...good luck with them
Hi Debi and Chrissy. Debi, If you want to get rid of some bulbs, but not hurt surrounding plants, try gouging out the bulb with a sharp knife. If you want to save the bulbs, I suggest waiting till the flowers finish and the vegetation dies back a bit, probly winter, and try levering them out with a trowel, of course, trying not to damage the bulbs too much, or dig the whole clump, and seperate them, but it depends how close your other plants are.Your white fungus could be Mealy bug, usually caused by damp and humid conditions. It could be as Chrissy says, that the bulb is too low. You should definitely be able to see the neck of it. Mealy bug are sap suckers and do cause deformed leaves. I have made a decision to sacrifice a flower and go and cut one up for the sake of science!
Morning everyone looks like a good day coming up...hope it is a good one for you all ...despite the wicked winds I have a lot of baby fruit this year so ...I am happy!...I thought it would all have been blown away but as it stands the winds have thinned the fruit nicely...saved me a lot of work!:)
Have a good one!
How did your flower sacrifice projest go?
Did you learn anything that you did not know?
I am, at the moment potting hippy seeds, that were put in water and a dark space, I have so many seeds with between 1in to 3 inches long... I had forgotten they were there until I found them this morning.
This Project happenned by accident, but...
I had my lovely Red Hippies and when I got a bunch of flowers given to me, I thought it had a Hippy in it, a beautiful Orange and some black dots.
So, I decided to cross polinate myself with the two colours and about a week later, I found out that "it" was a Lily I had cross polinated.
So, it will be interesting to see what this flower will look like????
But, I succeeded in getting some to grow (so far) my first time.
So Debi, are you saying you got your lilies to grow from seed, or your hippies? I wrote all the info down about my hippy flowers, but can't find it right now. It was interesting though! I have pink and red seeds that I will try to grow, but believe it is much faster to grow from the new bulbs produced after flowering, but hey, I like experimenting.
Thanks again for the cutie xmas card. Very nice.
No, my Hippies I planted as grown plants, then when they flowered I collected the seeds, after pollinating with a Lily (Der), lol.
My hippy colour was a beautiful red with a little white in the middle. I just wondered to myself if I could self pollinate them. So that's what I did but with a lily, being new to them I got them mixed as being the same.
I am excited to see if the colour will be different. I have heaps of these seeds that I have not tryed to get going yet, so if you are interested in some, I will post some down to you, no problems. I have heaps, if anyone would like to try them, please send me your address through D-Mail and I will get some in the post for you.
I understand that it may take up to 18mths to flower, but hopefully it will be worth it.
Yes, it is quicker if you have a mature plant but this is just a trial for me to learn more about plants.
Have a great New Year Everyone and a safeone also.