Sunday, November 29, 2009

Today's Flowers; Summer delights;

Hoya carnosa is happiest...

climbing up a tree;

Hoya carnosa is one of 100 species of Hoya that are native to Eastern Asia and Australia. Hoya carnosa was named for Thomas Hoym, gardener to the Duke of Northumberland at the end of the 18th century.
Blooming Time: Summer: Clusters of attractive, star shaped, pink-white blossoms are produced in summer. The delicate flowers appear to be made of porcelain and are truly unique.
Culture: Hoya carnosa does best in at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, but also can be grown in bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight. Water freely during flowering but allow the soil to become almost dry between waterings when the plants are resting. Fertilize every 2 months in spring and summer. Do not remove the leafless spurs or stubs, on which new flowers appear every year.
Propagation: Hoya carnosa can be propagated at anytime by air layering or by stem cuttings. A portion of the stem including one or more pairs of leaves will quickly produce roots in water or damp sand.

Brachychiton discolour flowers from late spring into summer;

Australian native tree with a striking Summer flowering display.
Features: A large, bushy tree with a stout, grey trunk and attractively patterned bark. The large, matt-green leaves have a felt-like covering and fall from the tree prior to flowering. Then, in Summer, the bare tree is covered in a profusion of 6cm, woolly, pink, bell-shaped flowers that hang in clusters at the ends of the branches.
Conditions: Enjoys a warm, sunny, moist, well drained position but will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, and an occasional frost, once established.
For Best Results: Mulch to maintain soil moisture. Fertilize in Spring if required.
Planting Ideas and Uses:
- striking specimen tree
- site where Summer bloom can be enjoyed

The herb Dill has pretty flowers and dainty leaves. It is now ready to cut and dry for my herb salt.

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Arija said...

What a climate to have Hoyas climbing in the garden. I lost a huge one in the shadehouse last year.
Your garden must be a dream. Is your husband up and running again? I do hope all is well.

Mia said...

Seeing your Hoya Carnosa 'live' in garden is fantastic!! What a dream it must be to be able to grow them in garden. Here they fill upp my windowscreens.. You have such a lovely garden, always a joyce to pop in :)

Elfe said...

Hallo liebe Titania

Diese faszinierende Pflanze und Blume „Hoya carnosa“ kenne ich hier als Topfpflanze. Vor allem bei den älteren Menschen zu Hause oder im Altersheim habe ich sie gesehen, meistens auf der Fensterbank und oft mit vielen, vielen Blüten. Interessant was du darüber berichtest.

Ich wünsche dir eine schöne Adventszeit, hoffentlich nicht zu stressig.
Liebe Grüsse

guild-rez said...

Great pictures!!
Wish I could grow Hoyas in my garden. Here in Canada they are shown in our Botanical gardens and sold as potted plants.
Wünsche Dir eine frohe Adventszeit,

Denise said...

Titania, these are wonderful photos. It is always an enjoyable experience to visit your blog, not only to see these beautiful flowers but also to find out about them. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Rosamaria said...

Beautiful photos, Titania! I wish it had Hoya carnosa here in Brazil, is a beautiful flower.
How do you use dill, dear?

Good week for you

Stine in Ontario said...

I recognize the dill but the other two are very EXOTIC! Nice photos!

Stephanie said...

The hoya flower is awesome! I find using stem cutting is faster and more effective. Enjoy those lovely blooms :-D

Ian Percy said...

I have 3 Hoyas in pots and would love to plant them in the garden .Your photos have inspired me to grow them up trees.

diane said...

The hoya is a very pretty climber. I don't know why i haven't got one. I appreciate your knowledge of plants.You may be able to identify the ones on my last post.

Ann said...

I planted Hoya once in Singapore, met a friend who does a research on Hoya.

Hoyas are beautiful. Your photos remind me of my old friend that I haven't corresponded for a long time. How's the bus fires?

Judy said...

Those hoya are lovely!!! And they are blooming in the garden!!! Here in Canada, they are houseplants, and seldom bloom. It is such a treat to see them, though, and they smell heavenly!!!
I took a copy of your second photo, and the info you posted, to give to a friend who is 101 and almost blind. She used to have a hoya, and was reminiscing about the blossoms a month or so back. If she had a computer, I would send her here.

Mojgan said...

I should add that those awesome Hoya blossoms are scented as well.
They are just unbelievable.