Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Schmal 11 and Lemon Petalled Specimen 40 (28th June 2017)

A lovely straight "atrorubens" (Click over to enlarge)

Who on earth would want to scramble along on broken limestone in this rainy weather?  Well let's put it this way it was "gingerly" all the way, but as always worth it!

It was a question of checking out the orchids which are now well on the way.

First call of port was to check on Specimen 33 (Schmal 33) and its really opening up quickly now and so are the close by plants as well.  33 and most of its close neighbours are quite Lemon Petalled, but the sepals are quite dull pinkish/red.  One plant very close is of special interest and you can see from this photo it will be out soon.

A lovely little plant and stands out a mile - looks good
(Click over to enlarge)
Crossing over checking out the Helleborine variagated and thats doing well! but still looks very atrorubens in some ways, and the denticulation shows as atrorubens yet it will come through with helleborine flowers. Which ever way it's a star.  Also another varigated is coming through at just over one metre away but will not flower this year.

E.Helleborine var: variagated (Click over to enlarge)
Specimen 40 is out now with lots of other beauties all around, I did just about manage to get one reasonable photo but the winds did not help at all I have had to ditch some which could have been stunner! nem mind there is always tomorrow (I hope!)

Specimen 40 on 28th June 2017 (click over to enlarge)

Crossed over to get this lovely looking plant which is retaining the "proper" atrorubens look!

The two photos above are from a very strong standard
atrorubens which is holding plenty of colour.
Checking out one of my favourite little areas to see how our original Schmal 11 was going on and its a good size this year with plenty of yield.  I expect it to be OK for about the middle of next week.

 Original Schmal 11 (Click over to enlarge)
If you look to the back you will also see its offspring schmal 11a which is currently caged for its protection.

On way back through saw good population of Hypericum pulcrum to the edges of the limestone.