Wordless Wednesday: The Beauty in Blue

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Alyogyne huegelii

Weather Diary: Partly cloudy; High: 75 F (24 C)/Low: 54 F (12 C); Humidity: 39%-100%

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Kris P (Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:04)

    Wow! Already?!!

  • #2

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:10)

    The first few are opening, Kris, and it's loaded with buds. This is a plant I put in last fall to replace the one that died during summer. The new plant is much more vigorous - reason unknown...

  • #3

    Brian Skeys (Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:59)

    Rhapsody in Blue.

  • #4

    Ian Lumsden (Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:25)

    I have never seen the plant before. I see it is originally from Australia. Would it grow in the UK? With regard to how strong particular plants grow, I am at the moment dumb-founded as one of my most valuable snowdrops "E.A.Beale" has simply not appeared as yet. No reason. the same position, compost and love. I'll sort something out with the snowdrop and sow a few Alyogyne huegelii from our Chiltern Seeds to see if I can rival your more natural conditions!

  • #5

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 24 February 2017 00:41)

    An even better title, Brian! :)

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 24 February 2017 01:04)

    Ian - It can, apparently, be successful in containers, so I would think that with some winter protection it might be well worth a try. Winter hardiness reports vary a bit, but it seems that it should be hardy to about -4 C at any rate. I'm hoping so, as we may certainly get that low some years, though not this last winter! Otherwise it would probably be a question of how intense the sunlight and temperatures must go in summer. This information from the Australian National Herbarium https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp6/aly-hueg.html has been helpful for me, including the fact that it can be grown in somewhat heavy soil, fortunately for me! Best of luck - I'll hope to see your results :)

  • #7

    Ian Lumsden (Friday, 24 February 2017 15:38)

    Every year I grow something totally new and with an order to my seed company imminent (a winter pleasure) I'll add it to the list. Thanks, Amy.