Waifs and Strays

27 Nov

The other day a work colleague of mine gave me an orchid to look after over the winter as she didn’t feel it was at its best anymore. I had assumed it was new because of all the blooms on it, but then I find the typical supermarket orchids interesting as foliage plants, especially dendrobiums. We’ll see if this one goes into decline or not.
Similarly, i’ve picked up various unlabelled bromeliads from florists and garden centres for knock down prices because they’d almost finished flowering. They’re shoved in the top of a strawberry planter for winter and put in the conservatory, up on a shelf, out of reach of interfering small hands. There’s a tillandsia cyanea in there somewhere, a guzmania, a couple of others. Arranged around the holes in the side of the planter are some young plants grown from seed of unknown parentage. I found them surprisingly easy to germainate, though “summer” outside has taken its toll on them. Still, they have nice marginal teeth and coloured up a nice maroon colour under the stress.


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