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Rachel's Journal

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First Annual

13 May 2010 16:04:21
Schizanthus pinnatus

Schizanthus pinnatus

My first annual of the year flowered today.

This marks the beginning of summer for me anyway.

It is Schizanthus pinnatus, the Poor Man's Orchid. I don't think there's anything poor about it!


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brigette brigette 13 May 2010 16:17:26

Beautiful. I love purple flowers. Actually I love anything purple.


fran m fran m 13 May 2010 17:25:09

Now that I like a lot, lovely, well done you. Hope the summer is good to you.......


Jacinta Jacinta 13 May 2010 18:03:55

Ah congrats. Sumptuous colour. And purple is the colour of passion. You are a 'passionate' person, probably in all sense of the word. Good on you.


Keego Keego 13 May 2010 18:42:13

Rachel that is beautiful well done you. I am work and it is absolutely spilling down here in Cavan - does not look a lot like Summer Or more worringly maybe it does!!!


INGRID15 INGRID15 13 May 2010 18:56:36

Beautiful...nice colour ..Rachel did you grow them from seeds? How tall they are?


Hoeys Hoeys 13 May 2010 18:57:06

its really beautifull. love the colour, but does not feel like summer... windy and cold.


Rachel Rachel 13 May 2010 19:41:31

Thanks, everyone. They are mixed colours so I'm looking forward to seeing what else I get.

I sowed this tray of seed on 28 January, Ingrida. The plants are quite tall and need to be staked - about 2 ft. I also grew the Schizanthus mix called 'Hit Parade' but they have not flowered yet. They produce shorter stems and supposedly prettier flowers.

Cold here today too. But my flowers warm me up!


Ladybird Ladybird 13 May 2010 21:42:17

That's beautiful Rachel is it growing outdoors.


Lìga Lìga 13 May 2010 22:51:20

Great,great:)!When all them will be in flowers, have to be beautiful.


Dick Dick 13 May 2010 23:11:34

Rachel I know you are really into orchids. i have never grown any. Is it difficult? There is nothing poor about this one.


Rachel Rachel 13 May 2010 23:18:55

Ladybird, it's in the greenhouse. I haven't planted anything from seed outside yet except the peas.

I think they will be nice, Liga. The flower is quite small but if there's lots of them...

Dick, Phalaenopsis and Oncidium orchids should be no problem to any gardener. There are just a few things to read up on. This annual is not a real orchid. Real orchids cannot be grown from seed at home becasue they only germinate with the help of a mycorrhizal fungus.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 13 May 2010 23:38:21

Nothing poor about that it's very rich looking.


INGRID15 INGRID15 14 May 2010 10:57:34

Thank you Rachel....I will look for seeds ...next year to grow and have those beautiful little flowers [I know you said they are tall]..


unagrant unagrant 14 May 2010 17:05:59

That's so beautiful Rachel.


Dick Dick 14 May 2010 17:36:00

Thanks Rachel, I have just looked up this "orchid" in the greenhouse expert. Is it too late to sow the seed now?


Rachel Rachel 19 May 2010 00:11:26

I have a host of new Schizanthus colours today. I have added a photo of a pretty white Schizanthus in my greenhouse album.

Dick, I think it might be a bit late for sowing this year.


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