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Hardy Japanese ground Orchid


Hardy Japanese ground Orchid (Calanthe Discolour)

I was taken by surprise this morning when I noticed the leaves separating to reveal these lovely flowers.



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Lovely :o)

23 Feb, 2012

 

That was quick Tt. Thanks, I didn't know what this would look like if it flowered.

23 Feb, 2012

 

Pretty colours :o)

23 Feb, 2012

 

When I first noticed it they were just opening and I thought it was the leaves turning brown. What a pleasant surprise an hour later.

23 Feb, 2012

 

Wow! Just an hour. It is very beautiful HB

23 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks I agree Pim, I had no idea what to expect from this plant.

23 Feb, 2012

 

..and a wow from me too,Homebird..that is so beautiful :o)

23 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Bloomer, I can't wait to see what it looks like when all the flowers emerge from the leaves that are wrapped around them.

23 Feb, 2012

 

Wow - gorgeous!

23 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Sheila I am really surprised how the flowers are wrapped inside the leaves.

23 Feb, 2012

 

Wow from me too, never seen this before its beautiful:-)

23 Feb, 2012

 

I get up at 4am HB...I expect a fully fledged plant by then. ;0)

23 Feb, 2012

 

It is very unusual

23 Feb, 2012

 

Oh my HB!!

That is outstanding!

23 Feb, 2012

 

Simbad...This was one of two different orchid plants sent to replace an egret orchid I had ordered and they didn't have when it was time to fulfill my order. They also sent me a voucher for further plants. Can't grumble Eh!.
Lol Pim, sometimes I am up then but sods law says I will sleep through tonight and miss the rest opening...

23 Feb, 2012

 

Oh just stunning, never seen one before.

23 Feb, 2012

 

When you say "Hardy".....?

23 Feb, 2012

 

Would love to see another photo of this when it is fully out. Please?

23 Feb, 2012

 

Wow, this is beautiful!!! Want, want, want.

24 Feb, 2012

 

lol Alex...:0)

24 Feb, 2012

 

The stem is straightening up and more flowers are showing so it should be fully out in another day or so. It can go into the garden as it is a hardy ground orchid. This is what it says about it...
A fully hardy Calanthe from the woodland mountains of Japan where it thrives. Flowers in the spring on stems 40 cm tall. Grow in the damp shade in a garden or in a large pot. The old leaves often remain until the spring when they should be cut off. It can be grown in the garden or in a large pot. If in the garden grow with hostas and ferns in semi-shade. Give winter protection to the pseudo-bulbs by covering with 10 cm of bark. If grown in a pot, ensure the pot is never allowed to dry out. As the plant develops multiple growths will appear. The plant should be divided in the autumn if required. To maximize growth feed regularly with the appropriate fertilizer.

24 Feb, 2012

 

Crikey that was nice of them HB, definitely one for the wish list, be perfect in my fairly damp pond border thats partly shaded, looking forward to seeing it fully open :-)

24 Feb, 2012

 

that's a beauty Hb, i'm officially impressed :-)) also jealous ;-))

24 Feb, 2012

 

Simbad, it was good of them although I wasn't too pleased after waiting a couple of months to be told they didn't have what I had ordered (they hadn't developed good enough to sell they said)Then when these 2 didn't make anything last year I was fed up but now I am glad they sent these.
Sl, I am eagerly waiting for them both to open fully and then to see how long the flowers last.
I am so glad everyone seems to like them too.

24 Feb, 2012

 

definitely need more photo's Hb....added to my favourites :-)

24 Feb, 2012

 

New one on me Hb...interesting Orchid...very nice.

29 Feb, 2012



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