They resemble Cattleyas ,the orchid most often used as a corsage,but,look a little different. I always remove the spent blooms. Best advice I can offer without knowing for certain what it is,is to not overwater it,and allow for good air circulation,cool nights. Most people fuss way too much over orchids. My best,most prolific blooming orchids were the result of benign neglect,a la Katrina,when we were absent for 5 weeks,and returned,almost all my orchids were in full bloom. Several other people in NOLA told me the same thing happened to them.
I am happy to report that, whatever they are, those little orchids are making roots.
I put them in a very shallow clay bowl with a big hole in the bottom and very loose unbroken-down crumbled leaf mold. The pot sets up @6' in the fork of the Japanese plum tree and I sparingly splash some water up there when I remember.
Okay, now I need you all to please help me out with this plant that I bought Tuesday. I have the most awful feeling that I should know what it is, but have to risk embarrassment and ask for help.
The leaves look verbena-ish to me, and the adorable little flowers resemble miniature snapdragons.
Actual flower size is approximately that of the flowers on the stalk in the upper left of the larger of these two pictures.
Bixa, these look awfully familiar. I think I may have planted them in pots on the deck a couple summers ago, though in different colors. If it wasn't so damn cold in the garage, I could poke around and probably find the plastic ID stakes that came in the pots from the nursery.
Kimby wrote: What part of "If it wasn't so damn cold in the garage..."did you overlook, bixa dear? Um, none. I just figured that you'll eventually go out to the garage when the weather warms, look over at a pile of pots, sigh, then have a faint exclamation mark form over your head as you first wonder what the pots are reminding you of, then remember that you were going to rummage in them for a plant marker.
Here's a question for you- do they have a scent? As I recall there are two similar species, one that is very fragrant, and one that just looks pretty. These have a scent, but it's very light.
(And why did you just accept as fact that I would have 2 year old bits of plastic from long-dead plants in my garage? That's not normal, is it?) Normal? Of course it's normal for a person who can look at anything & think, "that might be useful one day!" Sound familiar? ;D
Kimby, thank you SO much! That is indeed what my plant is. There seem to be quite a few varieties, but the important thing is that I have the main name and a way to look up its cultivation needs. You're a star!
(coincidentally, since you just posted that great run-down of your S.Africa trip, Nemesia are natives of South Africa)
Post by cheerypeabrain on Mar 2, 2011 18:12:09 GMT
oooh I do love nemesias...they fill the garden with scent. I'm on the lookout for a particularly sweet one with variegated leaves I saw a few years ago...haven't see it sold as seed anywhere so I may have to see if any turn up in a garden centre.
Well, I have a feeling that I should know what all of these are, so it may be egg-on-face time.
A neighbor on the back street has one of these growing on the canal berm across the street from her house. She sold me a big rooted cutting (@3' tall). It's succulent and bleeds white any place it's broken. I think it gets up to 6 or 7 feet.
Here's something I got a few weeks ago. It's in with the things that don't like afternoon sun. It stays in bloom and is nicely self-cleaning. Square stems. I feel its identification is just on the edge of my consciousness, but I can't name it.
Bad resolution, but might be helpful to those schooled in botany:
This hitch hiked in with a lantana I bought on Friday and I found it when I repotted the lantana. It almost got crushed beneath my heel as I thought it was the dreaded oxalis. However, it might be something desirable. I never saw the flowers open. The faded bits are dark blue. The secateurs are there for scale.
Yes, I was leaning in that direction, what with the square stems and general aspect of the plant. Your ID prompted me to look harder & this is what I found:
This looks like a refined, or at least very well grown version of what I have. Click on the thumbnails for bigger pics. Also, it's quite a nice site.
These are the parents named in the reference above: Plectranthus saccatus and Plectranthus hilliardiae. You have to scroll down the page to find it, but I wanted to get in a link for that site. It could be really useful for identifying things.
Can anyone ID this? I didn't take the photo, it came from a photo blog of Montana wildflowers and scenes that I've been quite taken with lately. But the photographer doesn't know this one, and my 10 flower books don't seem to contain it either.
My first thought was "Bluets" but they have 4 petals, I think. A gentian was another possibility, but I don't know.