Friday, November 27, 2015

First signs of summer, we tend to scoff at plants that multiply and grow so easily in Australia, and they are very colourful, but I love their vibrancy. Coming from Africa from a reasonably high altitude in the Drakensberg Mountains of Natal and Lesotho, they quickly fill their pots or containers. I don't grow them in the garden because they tend to spread too much and get mixed up with other plants too easily and then you have them every where. I grow Rhodohypoxis in terra cotta pots and the pots can be quite shallow, they don't seem to be be very fussy about their potting mix but it does need to drain well, so add some course sand to your mix. A sprinkle of granular fertiliser every year seems to be all that they require and an open sunny position to flower well. The corms can grow in the same container for a couple of years before repotting, Gentiana Nursery has a very good supply of Rhodohypoxis at the moment. These pots are all displayed on a long piece of Red Gum behind the glass house.

 Rhodohypoxis from left to right R.Dawn, R.Hebron Farm pink, and R.Margaret Rose. We also have the White form of Hebron Farm, not in the photo's.

From left to right Rhodohypoxis Albrighton, R.Great Scott came from one of our founding members Wilma, who also grew a lovely double form of Rhodohypoxis that she would bring to meetings for display, I am not sure if this is still in cultivation in Australia.

From left to right Rhodoyhpoxis Great Scott and R.Stella.

Rhodohypoxis Margaret Rose left and R.Pictus on the right.

This little bee is covered in pollen and is sitting on Corydalis omeiensis waiting to dry out, he or she has water on their wings.

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