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17 February 2012 23:53:11
Epipactis gigantea (June Blake's garden)

Epipactis gigantea (June Blake's garden)

When we were at Mary and Paddy's today, a plant package arrived for them and we all got almost as much pleasure from watching them open it as they did from receiving it :)

Home again, I found a little something waiting for me. It was my own parcel, containing seven orchids, six of them hardy. Three are Epipactis gigantea. I saw this hardy orchid first at June Blake's last June (where this photo was taken).

So potting up is on the menu tomorrow and I need to get cracking with sowing and potting on and clearing the garden. Actually, just at the moment, I feel exhausted by the whole idea but once I get going it will be fine


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kitty kitty 18 February 2012 00:00:28

it is hard to get everything done. but as you said it wont be as bad when you get stuck in. you really love those orchids. happy gardening tomorrow


Moya Moya 18 February 2012 01:03:08

That is a lovely orchid. Great to get plants in the post - such a thrill.

Is there a specialist nursery for hardy orchids?

Good luck with the work tomorrow.


fran m fran m 18 February 2012 06:34:07

Two Weetabix and you'll be fine ...........

How do the hardy orchids do in pots, do you know?


Jacinta Jacinta 18 February 2012 08:04:48

Can't wait to see what seeds you will sow this year.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 February 2012 08:14:51

Nice, but not as nice as snowdrops. LOL

Paddy 


Rachel Rachel 18 February 2012 13:07:16

Off out to pot-up now. Thank you all for your encouragement.

Paddy, not as nice a snowdrops? I think we may agree to differ :)


LindaB LindaB 18 February 2012 19:23:05

Nice Post :)


HeadGardener HeadGardener 19 February 2012 09:39:29

mm they are nice :-)


Lìga Lìga 19 February 2012 10:33:47

You had good day,i see :))))


Rachel Rachel 19 February 2012 14:44:52

Fran, missed your question. A lot of hardy orchids do well in pots, particularly Cypripedium. I'm still wrestling here with advice suggesting that I keep my Cyps in pots when I really want to plant them in the ground.


Rachel Rachel 19 February 2012 14:46:26

Moya, there are various sites that sell hardy orchids. Johnstown, in Ireland, is stocking Cypripedium for the first time this year.


fran m fran m 19 February 2012 15:43:41

Thanks for that Rachel, let me know when you have planted your Cyps out in the garden................ ;-O


Moya Moya 20 February 2012 00:05:25

Thanks Rachel.


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