This is a seed grown S. X exornata 'Peaches' x S.flavaatropurpurea ex Donald Schnell, planted December 2012 with seed sourced from Insektenfang. It's not had the best of conditions so far but I shall pamper it a little next year.
These seeds were sold to me as S. X exornata 'Peaches' x 'Claret' however what I am seeing leads me to question this. It's a source of concern that seeds are being sold that aren't what they purport to be, it could be an honest mistake of course. However the plant and its siblings, whilst looking very different, are nice enough I will grow them out and see what develops. Cheers Steve
Whilst boiling the turkey bones (not sure whether I’m making a soup or a stock yet) I thought I would traverse the estate and see what was occurring. To my chagrin I find that given a bit of warmth, Fred’s favourite avian is celebrating Xmas in a very spring like fashion, seedlings and soil thrown everywhere with gay abandon, another imbroglio to be sorted, or more likely yet another tray that will be labelled unknown hybrids.
Hi Doug It looked like an opportunist sort of attack, moss and peat pulled from three pots and two trays, the deepest depression being about 2”. The bird was looking for something to eat probably. Seedlings were 2-3” tall and hadn’t got any, ‘proper’ defining features so I couldn’t designate what was what with any authority, so simply poked them into another tray filled with peat and I’ll put them with all the other waifs and strays. They may well get pulled out again as the weather is quite clement at the moment and there are a lot of hungry birds about, they do tend to repeat the process if they find something on the initial foray. I took some photos and may upload them once I get back on a computer that does what I ask it to.
dvg: Gonna have to get my empty five-gallon pails out and fill em full-o-snow
Jan 8, 2020 18:45:35 GMT
dvg: Let it snow, Let It Snow, LET IT SNOW!!!
Jan 8, 2020 18:46:21 GMT
stevebooth: You buried yet Doug
Jan 9, 2020 15:57:32 GMT
dvg: It wasn't too bad Steve, more snow is still expected in our forecast, but nothing too out of the ordinary for here
Jan 9, 2020 16:34:34 GMT
dvg: Did manage to pack down seven pails full of fluffy fresh snow, but despite trying to compact the snow as much as possible and even doming each pail's surface with an extra scoop on top, once melted, the pails were far from being full
Jan 9, 2020 16:40:10 GMT
dvg: When one collects a bucket of water, he has himself a bucket of water, while a bucket of melted snow only yeilds a third of a bucket of water, at best
Jan 9, 2020 16:42:01 GMT
dvg: But that said, there is still no shortage of snow drifts here now in which to harvest fresh snow from
Jan 9, 2020 16:44:01 GMT
dvg: According to your forecast, it looks like after a sunny weekend, you'll all be seeing some good rain
Jan 9, 2020 17:05:27 GMT
dvg: But at least you'll be collecting full buckets of aqua, unlike my mere pennies on the pound
Jan 9, 2020 17:06:45 GMT
stevebooth: Water temperature 9c in the pond which has a high mass, carp that should be torpid are feeding, scavenging the high protein food for the sturgeons.
Jan 12, 2020 16:33:21 GMT
dvg: Brrrr! It's -37°c outside right now here.
Jan 14, 2020 17:19:12 GMT
dvg: Supposed to warm up to a high of -32°c later this afternoon...that should take the edge off
Jan 14, 2020 17:20:24 GMT
corky: Don't know how you cope with those temperatures, far too cold pour moi
Jan 14, 2020 22:04:17 GMT
dvg: We get by with patience and lots of layers of clothing
Jan 15, 2020 20:02:51 GMT
dvg: It was -37°c again this morning here, but the temps are supposed to turn around by next week
Jan 15, 2020 20:04:49 GMT
stevebooth: We’re expecting minus 1c Saturday night into Sunday, I will definitely need a coat
Jan 16, 2020 8:13:27 GMT