2015年1月26日

handsome spikes

Outstanding among the family Gesneriaceae, One of a kind, this is Smithiantha that blooms in winter. I am happy to see the colorful spikes during this period.



2015年1月21日

Sinn. Texas Zebra x Sinn. Isa's Gorgeous

A Taiwanese hybrid from Mr. WSL , so far I got 1 calyx double and 1 normal one from the seedlings.


2015年1月12日

Highlight of the winter

If you are not familiar with Smithiantha, it's time to google and know more about this genus. :) All these are hybrids.





2015年1月10日

calyx double with Sinn. lineata parentage

A HCY's cross ... combining the resource of Sinningia species makes the hybridization work more interesting. The advantage of Sinn. lineate mainly features the rigid plant and abundance in flower quantity. So far, many eumorpha-liked calyx double sinningia are soft-looking, it's a good idea to add rigid element and create some new looks.

2015年1月3日

New Smithiantha Blooms

The second generation of my Smithiantha blooms in the new year. The seeds were crossed and collected in the last blooming season and sowed about 5 months ago. Some are raising by my friend and some by me. The color variability of these new seedlings are impressed and many of them are scented which is a bonus.

One of my expected colors

The pollen parent of this seedling is my #DS42

It's the first time to get such red color pattern

Obvious inside and outside color contrast, very fragrant
 
#DS42, my first generation of Smithiantha hybrids ... blooming for the second time

#DS29, my first generation of Smithiantha hybrids ... blooming for the second time

2014年12月21日

Sinningia for you

I am not promoting Sinningia because the fun of growing Sinningia is its own reward.

It's reasonable to collect many varieties of Sinningia because the plant aspect as well as the characteristic is quite different within this genus. For me the most important is the renewable growth which makes Sinningia as an easy plant to handle with no hesitation.





As mentioned it's very possible to own too many Sinningia, one may become meaningfully picky when making collection. But one always has a free space for a micro miniature Sinningia. Please remember "Penny and penny laid up will be many" ... what a golden saying ! But when such situation does happen in front of you, a golden saying is a mere platitude. Now the poor growing skill may turn to be a favor to solve the dilemma.

Unfortunately, Sinningia is good at survivor games when the outside condition becomes bad. So I said the renewable growth is an excellent technique of Sinningia.

So ... Sinningia for you makes sense !?






2014年12月20日

Aeschynanthus flavidus

A very special species with bright yellow flower from Sarawak, precisely said it's from the region near Mulu to Brunei. My first impression of Aeschynanthus flavidus happened years ago when I saw its photo on the internet. Now I have the chance to see the real plant and take a photo. It's really beautiful.