Friday, November 22, 2013

News from Märta in zone 5/6 Sweden

Märta a new club member in the northern part of Sweden, Swedish zone 5 – 6, has successfully grown all her auriculas that she purchased from me in 2012. She has planted them in very well drained soil mixed with ⅓ coarse sand; they have all grown well, including my own cross ‘MÄRTA’ which I sent especially to her.

Pictures and information about Märta’s garden can be seen on the internet, just google Vargviksgården, you will even find an interview she had with Gunnel Carlson of SVT.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Club Newsletter No. 11

The Clubs newsletter No. 11  has just been sent via email, please let me know if you have not recieved it. Best regards. Ray
Britt-Marie blooming in August of this year.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Iris's auriculas in Salisbury, England

Iris's auriculas in their winter home.

Iris's seedlings
Whilst on a trip to England I visited Iris a member in the club, she has good collection of auriculas and her seedlings are growing very well./Ray

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A late surprise

Whilst shutting the lids on my cold frames in preperation for the expected strong winds; I noticed that Margareta is in bloom. A pleasant surprise so late in the year. /Ray

Monday, October 21, 2013

'Imke' an auricula raised in Holland by club member Ina

Ina a member in Holland has very kindly sent a picture of her auricula 'Imke', this was raised by Ina in 2011. It's always nice to see pictures of members auriculas, particularly when it is has been raised by one of our members.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Still blooming in England

Iris's auriculas are still in blooming in Salisbury, England, It's nice to see some autumn flowering auriculas.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The First Snow

The first snow came last night, it was only a light coating, the coldframes are still open so that the auriculas are well ventilated. /Ray

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bedded for the winter

I've now placed around 300 of my auriculas on the greenhouse floor for the winter, the other 3000 plus auriculas are now awaiting winter in the 10 cold frames I have. /Ray

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The last auricula blooms for 2013



Frost damaged border blooms.

We now have regular night-time frosts and the last borders that are still in bloom feel the consequences. Those that are on the Auricula Theatre or in the cold frames do better. I’m now moving my auriculas that are in pots to their winter locations. /Ray

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Auricula Exchange, new auriculas from Ina in Germany

I exchanged some auriculas with Ina a club member in Germany. Ina sent me in return six healthy new divisions, I now have four new named auriculas; Lolita, Roxborough, Blusher, Pang Tiger and two of Ina's own double yellows in my collection.
Thank you Ina.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Club Newsletter No.10

Rose Conjou blooming today.
Club Newsletter No. 10 has just been sent out, please let me know if you have not recieved it. /Ray

Friday, September 6, 2013

Matilda has buds.

Matilda one of my own grey edges is coming into bloom, the late autumn blooms are not normaly as good as the spring ones, but do, none the less brighten these dull autumn days. The farina on her leaves adds to her attraction.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Vilma in Gnesta, Sweden

Vilma can be seen admiring her owner Karin's auricula border. Karin has succcesfully been growing her auriculas in an open border here in Sweden for a year now.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Anneli, Emma & Åke blooming for Iris in England



Iris a member in England, has succesfully brought her newly arrived auriculas into bloom, these were sent to her this summer from me. Well done Iris.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lilac Mist

Lilac Mist
Lilac Mist is a double I obtained from France earlier in the year./Ray

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Newsletter No. 9

Newsletter No. 9 has just been emailed to all members, if you have not recieved yours please contact me.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Agneta's & Kjell's newly planted auriculas

Agneta's & Kjell's auriculas have just arrived and they are now very nicely planted up in thier new home.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Göran - 2nd blooming

Göran 2nd blooms
A mother plant for Göran has bloomed for a second time, the quality of the 2nd blooms are not as good as the first. I must admit I have neglected to feed it and this has has resulted in a somewhat odd result. /Ray
1st blooms

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pests and diseases on auriculas

Primula hirsuta infected with root aphids.
At this time of year root aphids can suddenly appear on the roots of your auriculas, they seem to thrive in warm dry conditions. They are not deadly but can severely weaken the auricula if not treated

The picture shows  a Primula Hirsuta infected with root aphids, these can occur when the plant is left too dry & more often when the plant has been neglected.
It is easily cured using a systematic insecticide such as  CALYPSO used as a spray or 'drench'. A 'drench' is a diluted solution of Calypso concentrate poured directly into the infected auriculas pot. DO NOT FORGET TO FOLLOW THE MAKERS INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY:
The same Primula hirsuta circa 6 weeks later.

Some times it takes two treatments to cure badly infected plants. Picture shows a Primula hirsuta circa 6 weeks after treatment, it is now free of root aphids. After treatment it is re-potted into a fresh pot & the old pot is destroyed.

I use CALYPSO (Tiakloprid) spray as a preventative measure against pests; I normally spray all my auriculas twice a year.

Other pests are caterpillars, slugs & snails, I find they cause very little damage & are easily removed by hand or can be sprayed with insecticide.

Botrytis is a fungal disease which starts as a white/grey mould on dead or dying leaves. This is normally the result of high humidity & poor ventilation in greenhouses or cold frames. Prevention is better than cure, keeping Greenhouses & cold frames open to increase ventilation, not over watering plants. The best way I have found to try & save the plant is to cut away all infected parts back to fresh growth and on the open areas of damage apply a dusting of ‘flowers of sulphur', this helps in preventing reinfection. Then hopefully new shoots start from the carrot.
Flowers of sulpher.
Root rot is caused by overwatering, the roots become brown and rotten and again prevention is better than cure. Do not overwater. Cut away all rotten roots, dust with 'flowers of sulpher' & re-pot in fresh soil.
I hope the above information helps you to keep your auriculas in good health.