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 What's your plant of the moment? 
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Post Re: What's your plant of the moment?
Hi All


A couple of months ago I noticed some unusual leaves growing in the lawn. I thought they might be bluebells and decided to mow around them and see what became of them.

Slowly a flower stalk started to appear and I soon realised they were no bluebell. Imagine my pleasure to finally see the flowers open and discover that they are bee orchids! and I've probably been mowing them off for years.


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I was just thinking what would have happened if I'd TRIED to grow bee orchids :roll:

Happy gardening

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Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:53 am
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Brilliant Adrian what a great story and a fab plant like you say you would probably not be able to grow them if you "tried".
We have some orchids, Dactylorhiza, that keep randomly appearing in my fernery from 2 bought plants nearby I have tried to grow them from seed but no chance.

My stand out plant is this tiny Trachelospermum asiaticum "Summer Sunset"
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Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:44 am
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There's some great colours in that plant Kev, will look fantastic if it spreads to cover that area more.


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Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:11 am
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Adrian wrote:
I thought they might be bluebells and decided to mow around them and see what became of them.



Astonishing. Wish my 'weeds' would end up as interesting as that.

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wow--Those are beauty's. Congrats.


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You are so lucky Adrian and I am very jealous. I have just moved house and for the shadier areas bought from Edrom Nurseries at Hodnet Hall plant hunters fair last week a batch of Cypripediums. However, none are as lovely as your "freebie"!! Perhaps you will get more of them in time. Beautiful.


Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:00 am
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A bucket list plant,Echinopsis terschekii. Its not the most colorful cactus..but its got speed growth on its side and it can get huge in one persons 1/4 left of a lifetime :roll: :wink: if lucky...




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The first flowers on my £4.99 'Light Pink'!! Brugmansia from Lidl last year.
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Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:25 pm
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That's fantastic Bill, huge flowers. It's amazing what you can pick up at places like Lidl. I just bought two nice specimens of Musa Basjoo (£4.99) from B and M's....now I just have to think of somewhere to plant them!


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Nice size bloom Bill love Brugmansia but I have gave up on them every pest seems to want to eat them.


Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:46 pm
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Drosera binata at it even more. What a nice surprise. In its fourth summer..its blooming very nicely.

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Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:27 am
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The Baileys Mango that always tells me "Any colder and I'm done' is fruiting this year. It skipped last year,but did put on about 3' of growth. I think this year with fruits its going to lucky to add 1'. This has been a good summer,looking like its going be in the 23C range. But,I think they really like it more in the 29C range to really grow and fruit at the same time. Southeast USA and Texas and Southern Cal's better climates.
Its about 8'+ in height. Since planting in ground around 2011 or 2012. The fruit are sweet- thats what keeps me trying extra hard.

I thought this was just a good photo of it.

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Aeonium tabuliforme, lots of growing left, but still I think very impressive


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Is it just me or are other people unable to click on these images???


Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:00 am
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Just you Martin! worked fine here :)

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