Green Thumbs

Passion for growing plants

   Oct 04

September in retroperspective, an unusually warm month

We have had a great summer and an Indian summer too. September really was a split personality month, the early half was almost like summer while the second half changed to chilly autumn almost within hours.
Wise of my previous autumns where I have waited a bit too long to bring in my frost tender plants I started early to bring one or two indoors each day. It was hard though to bring myself to do it with this wonderful weather we have had. The fear of the first frost is like having a deadline, only you don’t know when it is coming! It is easy to be fooled by warm daytime temperatures. Almost all of my plants are indoors now as we have had a few light frosts.
After I moved my Amaryllis bulbs one of them sent up two wonderful flower stalks and put on a huge display. An Amaryllis in September! I hope some of my other bulbs will get the message soon, especially the Papillio descendant ‘Exotic Star’
The Poinsettia previously presented here on the blog has been repotted for the fouth time since I bought it last Novemver, it is getting huge but keeps sending up side shoots all the time when I want it to produce a single sturdy trunk. The plan is to let it do it’s thing and when it least expects it, prune it and bring up a new leader. That should set it straight.
In other news I got a Ficus retusa ‘Ginseng’ last week. I don’t know how they do it, but from time to time a plant just decides to follow me home and then I walk to the cashier like a zombie and before I have reacted I have pulled up my Visa card and payed for a new plant. At least this one is an air cleanser.
It has a large bulbous root system that has been brought up from the soil level to mimic a fat swirling trunk. Then it sports a small crown of fresh dark green leaves. This guy has also had a brand new pot with lots of yummy rich soil.
One of the plants I brought indoors is a small mystery Hibiscus with three lobed fuzzy leaves, it flowers with small pink flowers that have dark pink stripes. I bought it from former Weibulls at Sveavägen as a small rooted cutting early this spring. It was labeled as Hibiscus ‘Carolina breeze’ but obviously that is not correct. Still I enjoy it more than I think I would have liked the Carolina one. It has a spicy scent reminiscent of Geranium and always bounces back when pruned, blooms profusely and is a vigorous grower. Internet hasn’t been much of a help in identification, the closest I get is Hibiscus Pedunculatus.
The only plants remaining on the balcony are my two meter high olive tree, a Ginkgo, some peppers and a large tub of Mirabilis tubers. I will have to move those indoors soon.
Oh, and then I have my little project the biosphere, more of that in the next post!
Cattleya NOID

Cattleya NOID

Amaryllis NOID

Old Amaryllis bulb



Hibiscus p.

Unknown Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa sinensis

Peach Hibiscus rosa sinensis

Mirabilis jalapa

Mirabilis jalapa

Sophora prostrata

Sophora prostrata

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One Comment

  1. lene starander says:

    That´s the problem with the Scandinavian autumn,.

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