May 31, 2015

New friends dog and donkey

Small donkey is the sweetest creature on Earth, isn't it?

May 15, 2015

Hydrangea Anomala Petiolaris Thriving in the Shadow Places

Climbing hydrangea - Hydrangea anomala petiolaris - is beautiful plant, easy to grow in narrow places and half shadow. I see it often planted in front gardens or right at the gate. These charming plants look very heatlhy with very little sunlight. 

It will bloom very soon - would you like to see it then?

May 6, 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.

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