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.
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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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