Holmskioldia in spring

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Holmskioldia in spring

Postby posting-proxy » Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:29 am

My holmskioldia in spring. At this stage it was approx. 3M tall. Each year I prune about two thirds off it after flowering. It seems to love our sub-tropical climate and grows readily from seed with lots of seedlings appearing under the parent. I also have the blue/mauve colour and the lime/yellow. It is commonly called Chinese Hat Plant.

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Postby tilly » Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:48 am

looks gorgeous posting.....the flowers look so soft....shall have to google that one really like it.....where are u (sub trop) if u don't mind telling....
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Holmskioldia in spring

Postby abwal » Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:00 pm

Not really all that great with computers, so had to get assistance to upload photo.

This is a great forum. I enjoy seeing the achievements of others and readings their stories, hints and advice. Excellent.

Tilly, we live in Bundaberg. I suspect this plant could be frost tender as each year it produces long (2M+) 'canes', so it is virtually new wood all the time. The flowers are fairly short-lived, but the coloured bracts last for months. Birds love it for nectar and seed.
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Postby The Estate » Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:17 pm

Hi abwal and welcome to out friendly forum, great shot btw, very pretty indeed.
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Postby midgin » Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:53 pm

Hi Abwal...love the colours of the H.... plant...lovely...welcome to the forum...
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Postby Luzy » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:18 pm

Wow, now that's a different plant - looks very beautiful, abwal! :D

And, welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy it here. :D
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Postby Comeilotei » Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:40 pm

What a beautiful flowering tree Abwal! I don't think I've ever seen it before! Any chance of showing us a pic of the entire tree? Thanx.

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Postby Spider Lily » Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:45 pm

Welcome to the forum!

A pic of the entire tree would be fantastic Abwal :D .
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Whole Plant Shot

Postby abwal » Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:40 pm

Not sure if I have one. Will check. Right now the plant is recovering from its annual haircut(scalping?). It is more shrub than tree when at flowering stage, but it is sometimes hard to draw the line.
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Postby tilly » Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:53 pm

abwal we spent a bit of time each year further up in FNQ....love how there is so much red and pinks in the gardens...and the crotons coleous (sic) etc thrive....
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Colours of the north

Postby abwal » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:14 am

Tilly, I guess climatic areas all have their own colours, but gardeners are never happy, of course. We all try to grow what nature didn't plan for our area. I am finally agreeing to work with what I have rather than what I want. Still...... Wouldn't it be nice to have a bed of daffodils, wouldn't it be nice if my Banksia Rose flowered really well, would'nt it be nice if.......
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Postby Pam » Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:27 am

abwal, I just found the blue one in your album. VERY pretty!
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