Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blush Baby, more colourful this year

Blush Baby along with many other auriculas which have had Neem Cake added to thier soil have much stronger colours in thier 'pips'(blooms), thier trusses seem better as well.
I have been experimenting with Neem Cake for the last year and will let you know how it is going in the May newsletter. /Ray

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Auriculas in the North of Sweden, Vargviksgårdens Trädgård

Märta's auricula bed blooming in August 2014
Above can be seen Märta's raised Auricula bed in her garden in the north of Sweden.
Märta's garden is near Burträsk inVästerbotten County, Swedish zone 5/6 (USA zone 5a); so it gets pretty cold there. Märta has cleverly grown her auriculas in this raised bed now for two winters without losing any of her auriculas. The raised bed protects the auriculas from the very hard winds and from the baking summer sun.
You can visit Märta’s garden from the 6th June until September, click on the following link to see some pictures of her auriculas and her colourful garden.
I’m just about to send some more auriculas to Märta, some of these are already in bloom; a couple of them can be seen below.
Saga (Double) on her way to Märta
Blue Jean (Border) is also on its way to Märta

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Iris's seedlings in England

Iris has raised some very colourful and interesting seedlings from the seeds that I have sent to her.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wim's Auriculas in Holland

Wim a member in Holland has a very nice display of auriculas in bloom at the moment.
Well done Wim you have some very attractive auriculas in your display.
Thanks for sharing them with us.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Primula hirsuta

Some of my Primula hirsuta are in bloom now. It is an attractive small primula which is said to have crossed with the wild Primula auricula to produce the auricula hybrids we know today.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Iris's auriculas in England

Iris a member in England has kindly sent a few pictures of some of her auriculas that are currently in bloom. She has raised some very nice border auriculas from seed, which can be seen in the following pictures. She has also some very fine blooms on some of my own Swedish raised auriculas 'Mona' (alpine) and 'Anneli' (double) which she has in her collection.
Iris's border
Iris's border
Iris's border
Iris's border

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mother plants in bud

EMMA in bud
I've now cleaned and topdressed nearly all my mother plants; most of them are now in bud, I'm looking forward to a good display of blooms.
Mother plants

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Newsletter No.26

Blue Chip
Newsletter No.26 has just been emailed to all members, please let me know if you have not received it or have changed email address.

Monday, April 6, 2015

In the greenhouse, Ice and buds, but no blooms

Monika in bud

It's still very cold at night and although many of my auriculas in both the greenhouse and cold frames are in bud; I do not have a single one in bloom at the moment.
It's well below freezing at night and the outside water pipes remain frozen until well after midday: as can be seen by the upward pointing icicle.
Upward icicle

Chiquita in bud