2016年9月23日

Pirate's Petite Angel in Singapore

A Singaporean friend shared his recent bloom photo of Sinn. Pirate's Petite Angel, isn't it well-cultivated ? The Episcia shiny above is Jim's Moody Rock. 



2016年9月20日

Ground Planting

If we have many plants, surely we extremely use the space we have, never miss a place that we can plant. I use the ground for those plants that require less sunlight. The best thing is the microclimate forms and then easily allows the diversity of plants. The big problem is the snail issue, I can't stop them eating the plants for food due to I don't use metaldehyde. During the hot and rainy season, the giant African land snails are so active and eager to feed themselves all the time. Primulina is their favorite. Although there is loss of plants but the advantage of ground planting is more and the flower still blooms.





2016年9月15日

Time for Smithiantha

From rhizomes of seedlings 2015, I did not have the chance to check their flowers in 2015. But I'm sure I will have them well-developed in this growing season of 2016. It's just 3 weeks after I potted the rhizomes.




2016年9月12日

Dazzling

The color potential of Miniature Sinningia has been revealed since Taiwanese hybridizers involved a lot of trial hybrids over years. New color pattern appears from time to time because the hybridism of Miniature Sinningia keeps going. I found a new one, rather to my surprise, that is very pretty and outstanding. As you can see the background is dazzling enough, but this seedling still shows off with its characters. It is a Fu's hybrid, the flowers own peloric and normal patterns, but more is peloric as we can see.


2016年9月6日

A blooming Cyrtandra

Just came back from my short day off and it was a relaxed weekend. See what I found during this trip !!! A blooming Cyrtandra on the roadside !!! This bushy Gesneriad features fascinating color of foliage and lovely flower is the bonus.



2016年9月1日

September

It seems things are fine in September. :-)
Yes ... can do some plantings for sure ... but I'd rather take day off first ... 55555




2016年8月16日

Color Heritage of Smithiantha

Just experience for reference, not the study ....

Except the white, the common colors of Smithiantha are so-called "warm" colors, such as red, pink, orange and yellow. The mixed colors with different "warm" colors are common as well. But just the these colors are not boring at all because there are still patterns such as edged, dotted, patched or lined as well as 2 color tones inside and outside the corolla tube which enrich the color appearance in the hybrids of Smithiantha. So far, the blue and purple are rarely seen in Smithiantha.

So, which color is dominant when doing combination of new hybrids ? According to those seedlings I saw over 3 years, it seems not any color can be defined as dominant one because the color variation of the seedlings are fairly averaged. But there is one thing that is quite significant when including a pure white or yellow clone as one of the parents. The color of most seedlings usually become lighter or even go to white or yellow when the color of the other parent is thin and light.

The interesting speckled corolla tube of Smithiantha is another highlight of hybridizing Smithiantha. The speckled patterns seems dominant, therefore it is easy to see such seedlings when the speckled parents are included in the hybrid combinations.

Well ... personally I'm not 100% into creating extreme colors when thinking a cross of Smithiantha because I do care and put much emphasis on getting the plant and flower balanced, not just do for one character in a cross. The more hybrid I make, the more color choice is revealed. Sometimes an overall speculation brings unexpected opportunities.