HOUSE PLANTS

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Hilary

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HOUSE PLANTS
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:39:36 am »
I remember being told, years ago, that architects are trying to bring the garden into the house
Over the years I have had several houseplants, some more successful than others. When we moved here I was thrilled to have a windowsill at last where I could have a selection of small cacti.
House plants have come and gone , mostly the type of ' we are going visiting so we have to take a present with us '
One of these was this Bromeliad, I think it came wrapped in fuchsia pink shiny paper which I tore off in a manic fashion , What was the florist thinking? 

Bromeliad
A plant given to me by one of my friends on the occasion of my annual, after Christmas, coffee morning.
I am afraid it succumbed to my care of lack of care and is no more

Bromeliads are mentioned in
AGM 2018-THE POST AGM TRIP TO VALENCIA by Valerie Whittington
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 95, January 2019
Photographs illustrating this article can be seen here

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/95-valencia.html

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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2021, 07:55:00 am »
ORCHIDS IN MAY
A few years ago, my husband started presenting me with an orchid plant on the occasion of our wedding anniversary.
Some of the plants flourished and produce flowers year after year. Other plants disappeared off the face of the earth and one has been exiled to the bathroom until it decides to stop making so many roots and produce a flower stalk instead. One of my neighbours was going to throw away an orchid plant, which she had received as a gift, as the flowers had finished. I saved the plant and this year it produced its first flowers, the dark maroon mottled ones 
This is the first year that we have had such a display, I can only put it down to the fact that we treated ourselves to a warm house all day long in the winter and the place the orchids usually sit in is near a radiator
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

David Dickinson

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2021, 10:23:58 am »
The one negative thing about moving to my current house, is that  I can't have house plants. The shutters need to be closed all day while I am out as I am on the ground floor and burglary is rife in Rome. The trade off was the garden, and that has helped enormously during the COVID lockdowns. We can't have everything in life but I do wish I could have some houseplants. Maybe I should look into artificial lighting for house plants :-\
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

Hilary

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2021, 11:00:12 am »
The orchids get plenty of light as my husband had a tray on wheels made for me .
I kick the tray with the orchids from their place in a corner to the window during the winter
Recently I read that they should not be in too direct light but behind a light curtain
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Charithea

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2021, 04:20:53 pm »
What a lovely display Hilary. I 'burnt ' mine and my friend's, who left it in my care while she went on holidays, by leaving them in direct sunlight.  I bought her a replacement and apologised  for the state of her plant. Happily  it recovered when she put in her office in subdued light and has been flowering every year.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.