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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Dry, dry, wet, wet!

29 May 2010 17:17:25
Dry, dry, wet, wet!

Dry, dry, wet, wet!

I'm not doing much gardening today. I need to water and feed my neglected orchids - just trying to muster up the will...

I took a few garden photos in the rain. 

Hoping to go to Donegal the week after next but I need to get my plants in the ground or I can't go anywhere. I have no inclination to plant in the rain today.

My second Streptocarpus flowered today. Very pretty. I was looking at the arrangement on the kitchen windowsill. By the way, it's just wonderful to have the kitchen windowsills cleared of seedlings and over-wintering plants!

Left to right Streptocarpus & Streptocarpus (to be kept dry), courtesy of Liga, Cyperus involucratus (to be kept wet - flying up now), courtesy of Alison, Drosera capensis 'Alba' and Dionaea muscipula (to be kept wet and doing very well since repotting), the last courtesy of Wayne.

Strange bed fellows but they don't seem to mind : )


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Monkells Monkells 29 May 2010 17:26:35

Oh you Libertia is to die for!!!! Have to get a "Bride" to go with my wedding cake!!! Your garden is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!


sallysarah sallysarah 29 May 2010 19:12:08

I agree Monkells, Rachel's garden is beautiful.  I've just seen Michelle's cornflower in your photos Rachel.  Krista gave me a couple at Belvedere so I'm just going out to see if they're in flower.  Loved your irises too!  Loved everything.......


Rachel Rachel 29 May 2010 19:19:54

Thanks, Monica. Yep, got a 'Bride' and I also have a small wedding cake (not pictured) : )

Thanks too, Sally. Of course, we only photograph the good stuff!


Myrtle Myrtle 29 May 2010 20:33:23

I have my Cyperus in a pot outside! and it certainly got enough WET last night!


Lìga Lìga 29 May 2010 21:25:49

My another streptocarpus only growing new stems,i did cut it to much back,but it better for it,last year i did same.And got beautiful flowering in early summer.But streptocarpus from seeds growing more and more flower steams and start look now really like streptocarpus:))


fraoch fraoch 29 May 2010 21:59:42

I didn't know Streptocarpus should be kept dry. I water mine quite a bit and they seem to like it. I do let them dry out in the winter though.


Rachel Rachel 29 May 2010 23:16:20

Heather, I think you're supposed to let them dry out between waterings. But these are my first two and you have grown them from seed (if I recall correctly) so you must be doing it right. I would have a tendency to over-water anyway so maybe 'dry' for me is not what you might call 'dry'.


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