April 28, 2015

Dirty secret pushing Epiphyllum oxypetalum growing tall and fast

Remember my photos of the amazing flowering show of Epiphyllum oxypetalum? That day I decided to take a  little piece of this magnificent plant.
For two years it was growing slowly. Secong year flowered. But look at the photo what happened in third year in only two months!

In February it started grow a twig (?). What can I say. It keeps growing since 2 months at the speed of approximately 20 cm / 0,6 ft a week. I had to move it from the windowsill to give it more space from the ceiling. The yellow measure I placed in the pot to give you the feeling of proportions is exactly 1 m / 3,28 ft long.
When I am writing this post the twig is more than 1,6 m / 6,24 ft tall.
On the top the twig is supposed to transform into flat form resemling leaf. Every week I am looking for the leaf to start to appear. But no. Twig keeps growing. I hope it willl stop one day.  

How to make Epiphyllum oxypetalum growing tall?

3 months prior noticeable new growth I transplanted it to a new pot. The dirty trick I made was the ingredients of the potting mix. This time I have added to the composting soil a lot of natural composted manure. Thats the only difference. Evidently epiphyllum oxypetalum loves natural fertilisers.

#flowers #epiphyllumoxypetalum #dutchmanspipe #queenofthenight #ewainthegarden

Recommended reading Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties

April 26, 2015

Epiphyllum oxypetalum flowering show photographed every 10 minutes

This large epiphyllum exypetalum plant is really old and still blooming beautifully. I decided to document this spectacular flowering show and take photo every 10 minutes. 

Every flower lasted about 2 hours. Blooming usually happens in the evening, in winter time on northern hemisphere.

#flowers #epiphyllumoxypetalum #dutchmanspipe #queenofthenight #ewainthegarden

Recommended reading Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties

April 21, 2015

Impressive Dogwood Sibirica Hedge

I have a chance to admire this hedge for last few weeks and every time I am passing by I simply have to take a minute to take a closer look.

Since first little fluorescent green buds appeared on the red wood of that variety of  dogwood (Cornus alba) Sibirica, entire hedge is really  showing off.       

Deciduous hedges have one big defect – their leaves are disappearing in the winter time. But at the same time there is one bigger advantage. If the shrub is chosen properly it offers alternating attractive look in different seasons. This variety of dogwood seems to be really  good  choice for hedge.
If on the top you will find the time and will to shape it, then the effect can be double attractive in the winter as well.

In the spring it also blooms in white.
Just don’t be tempted to plant one or two shrubs, because there will be no effect at all.

My apologies go to dogwood, cos I have underestimated you for years…

Happy weekend gardening!

#cornus #hedge #dogwood