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Colour in my alpine house roof

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Tropaeolum Tricolour( endemic to Chile) belongs to the Nasturtium family is not new to me having lost my last ones in the hard winters a few years back, I now know the stems and flowers are hardy but the tuber (similar to a sweet potato) is not. In the wild it grows very deep down to keep warm.
It starts growth end of November with the most fragile stem growing fast upwards almost immediately needing a string support which extends and branches around the roof area above my head, It runs for about ten feet forwards and sideways
the flowers in the pictures will appear quite large but like so many of my flowers they are small but a lot of them.

Even now not much thicker than a needle


Just to show the flower detail


Camera above my head looking towards one end


Does set some seed but needs hand pollination (not many Bees)


The string can be seen in these pictures I spend an enjoyable time out of the cold persuading the stems to hold on and not tangle, very therapeutic.lol


The difference between this and Tropaeolum Speciosum is I can grow this but not Speciosum, that is the domain of Goys ‘Scottish’
By the end of May it is all finished for another year and the remains cut down for waste
Enjoy.

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Looks spectacular Brian but sounds quite a challenge - I tried to grow a Tropaeolum a few years back but it had red spider so that was the end of that - enjoy your week - Jane

25 Mar, 2015

 

OH my word! That is lovely! It looks like a crowd of aliens staring down at you from above! Thanks for showing this Brian, it's lovely to see something different!

25 Mar, 2015

 

How amazing......they look wonderful.

25 Mar, 2015

 

Wonderful colourful display.

25 Mar, 2015

bjs
Bjs
 

Jane this one flowers to early in the year to be bothered by red spider, it dies back to the ground by May

25 Mar, 2015

 

That is one very nice vine, Brain! Very unusual flowers, the colour combination reminds me of Fuchsias!

25 Mar, 2015

 

How amazing is that? the flowers are so unusual, I can see why you grow it Brian, certainly a challenge!!

25 Mar, 2015

 

Its astonishing and quite beautiful!

25 Mar, 2015

 

How strange and fragile looking are the stems from the pot and how gorgeous and fantastic a plant, just beautiful., Thanks for putting this on Brian.

26 Mar, 2015

 

What an incredible flower. I've never seen anything quite like it.

26 Mar, 2015

 

Stunning Brian , I use to have this one trailing on hooks across my kitchen highly perfumed too, the flowers are quite big compared with yours.

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/wax-plant.html

26 Mar, 2015

 

Now that has the wow factor Brian, really unusual, you sure have a lot of patience, thankyou for showing us..

26 Mar, 2015

 

Gosh 3d, what an exotic kitchen you had...

26 Mar, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Gosh that really is spectacular Brian an amazing plant !

26 Mar, 2015

bjs
Bjs
 

Thrupennybit the the plant you show is a Hoya no relation to what I grow

26 Mar, 2015

 

that is wonderful Brian.

27 Mar, 2015

 

Wow what a wonderful sight, never seen anything like it.

27 Mar, 2015

 

Yes I know Brian I was just saying I hung my Hoya in my kitchen along the ceiling on hooks.

28 Mar, 2015

 

How big did it get 3d?

28 Mar, 2015

 

LOL 3d I had to laugh because my mother had a wandering sailor (Tradescantia ?) hanging all over the lounge walls. It lacked the lovely scent of your Hoya.

29 Mar, 2015

 

Blimey Brian , they are gorgeous and unique !!

29 Mar, 2015

 

Very attractive Brian. Such beautiful flowers, from such a very thin stem.

30 Mar, 2015

 

Missed this blog somehow, excellent.

30 Mar, 2015

 

It trailed about 10ft with flowers, the perfume wonderful and the flower some times dripped . I got it from an old brass shop where it was bigger , she too had it trailing along the ceiling in the shop , when she closed the shop, she gave it to me as I worked in the next shop up.

30 Mar, 2015

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