Some exotic plants in February

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stephenprudence

Some exotic plants in February

Post by stephenprudence » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:38 pm

Went to Ness today and I was totally taken aback by the number of exotic plants still in leaf or even in flower, Ive never seen as many exotic plants in tandem in February.. That said the bananas here are trashed by the wind, and also the gingers in the exposed parts too. It reached 13C in the garden at Ness today, though I could have sworn it was near 14C near the river.. very mild, lovely day with some sunshine at times.

This fuchsia has stayed evergreen this Winter, with flowers, usually it dies out by now, and grows back quickly in March
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Coronilla valentina with its normal Winter bloom (quite heavy though for Feb)
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Echium webbii back at Ness, rather tender Echium looking happy here once again
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Acacia dealbata flowering in season
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Hedychium coccineum still in leaf in February.. might be a first (since 2006 anyway)
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Aristolochia baetica flowering in February :?
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Grevillia rosmarinafolia flowering quite heavily
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Grevillea again,
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Hedychium wind ravaged
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Fuchsia still in full/leaf flower!
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Neoregelia?
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A wet bromeliad!
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Cycas revoluta enjoying the rainy weather recently
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cordyman

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by cordyman » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:42 pm

Great pics, and unprecedented growth for middle of Feb :shock: icon_thumleft icon_thumleft icon_thumleft

stephenprudence

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by stephenprudence » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:55 pm

More...

Wind beaten Bananas and Persicaria
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Echium pininana
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More Echium pinanana
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Fresh green looking Dicksonia antarctica
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Melianthus major looking phresh.
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and again..
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The tender perennial Euryops pectinatus getting set to flower in February!
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Euphorbia mellifera
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Last one now.. Salvia elegans still flowering in February
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GREVILLE

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by GREVILLE » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:08 pm

Can't believe it's February, Stephen. Pretty general over much of the country as a lot of plants shown in your super collection of pics are doing just the same in my garden. The Grevillea, Fuschia macrophyllla and mimosa are all in bloom.

Even my large Echium pinniniana which was flattened in one of the storms and tied and guyed upright is now showing signs of life from the tips after all the leaves went totally limp.

Exotic Life

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by Exotic Life » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:25 pm

You have been surprized by the growth on my Albizia, but is are also reallt great pictures Stephen.

I really need to add Melianthus major to the garden.
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kata

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by kata » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:35 pm

Fantastic show for Feb Stevie,

Love the Aristolochia baetica , yes very lucky to get it flowering in February. Not a lot of Info about it.

Aristolochia baetica, the Andalusian Dutchman's Pipe or Pipe Vine, is a poisonous perennial vine that occurs from Algeria to Spain and Portugal. Aristolochia baetica is a rarely procumbent evergreen climber with triangular, cordate, glaucous lobes a quarter the size of the leaves. Flowers vary from 2 to 5 centimetres and are from brownish-purple to reddish.

Description: Evergreen climber, (rarely procumbent) with stems to 5m; leaves to 10 × 6cm, triangular-ovate, cordate, glaucous, the basal sinus deep and usually narrow, the lobes to 1/4 as long as the leaf; flowers 2-5cm brownish-purple to reddish, tube stongly curved; ovary and pedicels glabrous, fruit imple, dry, 1-4cm, ovoid or oblong.

Map distribution

Poison: All Aristolochia species have poisonous alkaloids or aristolochic acid.

Uses: Anthelmintic, Purgative

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Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by otorongo » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:51 pm

When I lived in Andalusia, there was a euc forest a few miles from me which had lots of Aristolochias in flower in the winter. It must have been the baetica.

Stephen - do you know what kind of fuchsia you have there? There is a fuschia in one of the front gardens on my street, but it's bare, so presumably it's a deciduous one while yours is semi-deciduous.
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Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by Leigh » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:55 pm

kata wrote:Fantastic show for Feb Stevie,

Love the Aristolochia baetica , yes very lucky to get it flowering in February. Not a lot of Info about it.

Aristolochia baetica, the Andalusian Dutchman's Pipe or Pipe Vine, is a poisonous perennial vine that occurs from Algeria to Spain and Portugal. Aristolochia baetica is a rarely procumbent evergreen climber with triangular, cordate, glaucous lobes a quarter the size of the leaves. Flowers vary from 2 to 5 centimetres and are from brownish-purple to reddish.

Description: Evergreen climber, (rarely procumbent) with stems to 5m; leaves to 10 × 6cm, triangular-ovate, cordate, glaucous, the basal sinus deep and usually narrow, the lobes to 1/4 as long as the leaf; flowers 2-5cm brownish-purple to reddish, tube stongly curved; ovary and pedicels glabrous, fruit imple, dry, 1-4cm, ovoid or oblong.

Map distribution

Poison: All Aristolochia species have poisonous alkaloids or aristolochic acid.

Uses: Anthelmintic, Purgative

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A very well behaved hardy evergreen climber for me that never seems to stop growing although slowly
Mine tend to flower more from November onwards through winter far more than they do in Summer though the flowers are quiet small. Like you noted Kata not very popular probably because the flowers are not as big as other species and tend to get lost behind the leaves
But certainly one I would not be without
Leigh

Nathan

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by Nathan » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:38 pm

Stephen the 'fuschia' in your first photo looks more like an Escallonia, my Mum has one exactly the same in her garden & it is evergreen icon_thumright

kata

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by kata » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:44 pm

An Interesting vine Leigh, I liked the Aristolochia baetica when I saw it.

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Clive60

Re: Some exotic plants in February

Post by Clive60 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:36 pm

I know the Wirral has it's own microclimate but that's taking the P :) that is a great selection and amazing for Feb, the frosts here would have killed the Neoregelia and Hedychium foliage off for sure.

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