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22 May 2010 21:18:12


I restrained myself at the National Garden Centre today and was only buying two plants - Darmera peltata (it appears I am eminently suggestible as this plant has had a lot of press on this site recently) and a Libertia (label is outside).

On the way out I passed through the bedding plant area. I hadn't looked there - I seldom do. Something caught my eye. No, it couldn't be! Yes, it was! There was a small lotus plant in full, glorious flower. A lotus plant has been on my 'wanted list' for a good while. And the price tag? €2.95!!!

Suffice it to say that the plant is sitting in my greenhouse tonight!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2010 21:21:39

Ha ha you go, girl!

I got a Darmera peltata from Deborah last week. Gorgeous.

Rachel Rachel 22 May 2010 21:24:36

You are all bad for my bank balance!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2010 21:26:00


MartinB MartinB 22 May 2010 21:34:15

Well done Rachel

Kate & Graham Kate & Graham 22 May 2010 22:09:10

is that also called " Parrots beak" I had one last year but it did not survive the winter, could not get my hands on another one this year

Dick Dick 22 May 2010 22:56:52

Rachel, you mentioned Libertia. I had one for years but the low temperature last winter seemed to destroy it. I collected seeds from it some time ago possibly last year and sowed them recently.

Gismo1981 Gismo1981 22 May 2010 23:17:23

lotus looks gorgeous :O)

Rachel Rachel 22 May 2010 23:49:07

Hi Kate & Graham. Yes, I think this plant is called Parrot's Beak. I certainly never saw it for sale before but I guess, if you're not looking... I just think it is so perfect!

I'm sorry to hear about your Libertia, Dick. I wonder if different varieties have different hardiness ratings because my current 2 came through the winter all right. This one is no. 3.

Thanks, Gismo, sunshine in a pot!

Rachel Rachel 22 May 2010 23:50:14

Kate & Graham, I do think the plant is quite tender but bringing such a little thing indoors is no great hardship.

Lìga Lìga 23 May 2010 09:03:45

My lotus moculatus,last year was growing very good,but didn't flowering.Of course now it's gone after last winter,hope see it in some g/c again,love it.


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