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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:49 pm 
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I popped into the greenhuose to photograph a couple of Dis in flower, but got sidetracked into more photos, so here they all are :)

I have a third Disa (Wilferd Duckitt I think) still in spike but here are D. aurata and D. x Watsonii (I think) in the greenhouse:

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And not far from them is a Madeiran Dactylorhiza foliosa, nearly finished:

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And a Bletilla ochracea, which will flower all summer now. A shame the flowers never open flat, but always sort of nod like this:

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And - the most exciting thing for me this year...... I have a Platanthera ciliaris in spike! This should be lovely when it finally opens!

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Here is the greenhouse now, sort of tidied for summer. The hanging plant is my Rhyncholaelia digbyana, in spike again this year :)

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Most of the staging is given over to carnivorous plants, and the Utricularia reniformis looks lovely in flower at the moment:

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The Sarracenia are all looking nice with fresh season growth on them, but this one is a special favourite of mine, being a particularly gorgeous clone of S. x mooreana (flava x leucophylla), which I selected from a batch of seedlings 10 years ago or so:

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Under the bench lurks a cobra lilly (Darlingtonia californica):

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On my way back into the house to upload the photos, I remembered the half-barrel of Epipactis. This is a mixture of three sorts.... E. palustris, E. royleana and the hybrid E. Sabine (palustris x gigantea). The only ones in flower at the moment are the Sabine and they are crowding out the rest now. I need more barrels :/

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Not my 'cup-of-tea' Rob but that doesn't stop me appreciating other members plants. Good greenhouse and nicely photographed plants.

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A great set of photos, the Epipactis Sabine is a lovely ooking plant.

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I am interested in your Epipactis barrel Rob. How much sun does it get? I have always found that royleana needs cooler conditions / more shade than the other two so your mix of plants interests me.

Look forward to seeing the Platanthera in bloom as I bought a couple of seedlings last year and so will be waiting a while for flowers.


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The next Disa is in flower now. I have this labelled as Wilfred Duckitt, and it is a quite brilliant almost fluorescent red - not really captured by camera - I may try again later in different light conditions:

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But the main thing I am pleased with is the flowers of the Platanthera ciliaris plants I have. The spike has now started to open and the flowers are a lovely colour and shape indeed:

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And in my half-barrel, the Epipactis x Sabine have now finished and are being replaced by the E. palustris flowers:

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I think Epipactis flowers look like mini-Cymbidiums!

In the greenhouse, the Rhycholaelia digbyana is in full flower now, and smells wonderful in the night (not a great photo):

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And I am rather partial to my nice tub of Gloriosa climbing lillies in the greenhouse too. Not an orchid, but a super splash of colour:

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Love the Utricularia, mine has been flowering every year for a few years now, and it really is a beautiful flower.


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Wow, what beautiful plants!

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