The floral parade 2021 - your pictures

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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #60 on: September 12, 2021, 13:19 »
Iím going for an unassuming but odd flower today, which has appeared on a String of Hearts plant.  A single small pot bought on line was split to make two, so flowers already are a bonus  :)

It is part of a display of air plants and tiny terrariums. The latter are just experiments before trying anything more elaborate tbh.

The mini circular shelves usually sit on a windowsill, but I have screening up to diffuse the light so a piccy taken in situ was too dark on an overcast day like today.

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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #61 on: September 27, 2021, 13:35 »
Here's some of my begonias with trailing petunias in a big oak barrel and some pelargoniums and pansies in a smaller tub. Also see a rose called Eustachia Vye which we chose to make a hedge by the front wall.
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #62 on: September 27, 2021, 18:22 »
Lovely GG, so bright & cheerful
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures: okra
« Reply #63 on: October 01, 2021, 16:45 »
Just posting a snap of one of my favorite vegetable flowers: okra!

Okra is related to hibiscus, as you can tell from the flower shape.  Our hummingbirds are attracted to the butter-yellow petals and maroon center of the flower.
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #64 on: October 01, 2021, 19:37 »
Oh wow Sub, thatís worth it just for the flower, not something Iíve ever eaten I donít think even when I visited the West Indies where I knew it grew. I think Iíve seen that it can grow here but not too sure on that. How do you cook/eat it please? Just in case Iím tempted by that flower  :lol:

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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #65 on: October 01, 2021, 21:34 »
Snowdrops, our family favorite is an okra casserole.  Okra and tomatoes is also good.  The kid's favorite, back in the day, was breaded and deep fried (definitely not as healthy as the first two). Pickled okra is a real treat too!

Okra is also a staple of Louisiana Cajun cooking, so it is common in soups like chicken gumbo, or dishes like dirty rice.

You also see it in Indian cooking.

I will locate the casserole recipe (at least) and post that on the recipe page.

I think that you could grow okra in parts of the UK.  Frost kills it, so you can only grow it if the season is long enough. Seed packet says 60 days to harvest, so I would start it indoors, 1 plant per medium sized pot of rich compost, transplant in the ground in full sun when weather is frost-free. The variety I grow is Clemson spineless, it is THE most widely-grown variety (there are other varieties, including at least one red variety). My plants reach 2 meters tall, but I have seen other varieties at our local botanical garden twice as tall!!   :ohmy:. Okra will produce more, and more, and more, as the plants get older, until frost finally takes it in the fall.

The ideal stage for harvesting okra is when it is the length of your index finger.

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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #66 on: October 09, 2021, 18:00 »
Amarines on the plot.  I had them at home in pots and they flowered like mad year 1.  Year 2 a few flowers.  Year 3 just leaves.  At that point I got fed up and dumped them in at the plot, then completely ignored them.  They stayed in last winter because I forgot all about them.  You are supposed to offer them protection from winter cold and wetness.

Guess what  ::)  :lol:
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #67 on: October 13, 2021, 20:54 »
Autumn version of the plant theatre.   I pulled it all apart a week or so ago as the summer bedding was starting to look tatty and refreshed it all. 
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures (ghost pipe)
« Reply #68 on: October 27, 2021, 08:35 »
This is a good one for the season, it is called by various common names, either Indian pipe (the name I knew as a child), or ghost pipe, or ghost plant. If you're curious, the Latin name is Monotropa uniflora. They are thought to resemble the clay pipes made by Native Americans centuries ago.

It is a wildflower, a true flowering plant, which produces no chlorophyll, therefore no photosynthesis. It is parasitic, living off of fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees. This is part of a clump in my neighborhood that blooms every few years. It's always fun to see them bloom like this.
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #69 on: October 27, 2021, 08:48 »
That's truly weird and wonderful  :D
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #70 on: October 29, 2021, 16:13 »
This is a matchstick bromeliad.  A friend gave me a cutting 4 or 5 years ago, this is the first time it has bloomed for me.
I'll try to add the species name later if I can remember it.
The species name is Aechmea gamosepala (I got the common name wrong too; changed it to matchstick, which is correct).
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #71 on: October 30, 2021, 16:14 »
It does look like match sticks  :lol:

Pretty plant  :)

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Re: The floral parade 2021 - Vanda Pakchong Blue
« Reply #72 on: November 13, 2021, 18:50 »
First of two orchids blooming for me in November. I have had this Vanda since roughly 2013, this is the second time it has bloomed for me. 4-inch diameter flowers, no fragrance.

It's growing in a 12-inch long vitrified clay drainage pipe. There is no soil, bark moss, etc. in that pipe.  Just a lot of happy roots.
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - Colmanara Wildcat 'Carmela'
« Reply #73 on: November 13, 2021, 19:09 »
I've had this one about 7 years. It is a nice cheery plant, given to me by the horticulturalist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The orchid club I belonged to helped the Garden with educational classes on orchid growing.
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Re: The floral parade 2021 - your pictures
« Reply #74 on: November 13, 2021, 19:13 »
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