Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Epiphyllum oxypetalum Brahma Kamala ब्रम्ह कमल/ब्रम्हकमळ rooted cutting arrived !

                                       ............ and so it continued to rain ....

                                              ...... and rain ......

                                ........ and rain on the cocoa powder fields ......

I had another dentist appointment in Truro at 2pm....just the hygienist and she's very nice ...so we were just dithering about really , this gloomy old morning and keeping an eye on the time .

 Great excitement ! The postman arrived with a parcel ! It was the Epiphyllum rooted cutting that I,d bought from a lady on Ebay for a sensible price !
 I have been trying to find this to add to my collection for a very long time .

 I took it out of the wrappers straight away and off to the wood shed , where I potted it up in the finest compost and perlite .
It originates from South America , but is now found in many places with similar climate .
   It has many different names.....Beauty under the Moon ......Star of Bethlehem....Queen of the Night ....but the one I love is is the one it is known by in India ....Brahma Kamala . It is named after the Hindu God of Creation .
     It is believed that the wishes of people who pray to God while the flowers are blooming will be fulfilled .
 The beautiful and fragrant flower is creamy white and only blooms once a year .
 The bud begins to open during the late evening , fully open it is between 8" and 10" wide . It sadly begins to fade away at dawn .

  Considered a Sacred plant , it is said , that it should only be given as a gift .

 I did have to buy mine ...  sigh .....oh well ...it didn't cost me very much .
When it becomes bigger I will take cuttings and gift them and hopefully that will make it alright .

        Oh ! Here's my Birdie Girl ..hopping in to ask for a grape ......

              She sits and makes little peeping noises until I give her a grape  .
If I leave the fruit bowl in the kitchen , she will come right in and help herself !

                                                Happy Birdie Girl ! 

I carefully carried my Epiphyllum oxypetalum Brahma kamala baby up to the North facing window-sill at the top of the stairs . This is where I usually start off my Epie cuttings and get the best results . I haven't given it too much water , in fact hardly any, it will have just the moisture from the compost as it comes from the bag...those are rain drops from Heaven as I carried it in from the woodshed .
  The lovely hand-painted cup is a charity shop treasure  . I just couldn't resist buying it at the time , but I found the pottery too thick to drink from .
So now I use it for flower arrangements or small plants . It is so pretty .

                                       So now it has a few friends .

                               Actually quite a lot of friends !   Hooray  !
             I am looking forward to the day this one flowers for me .

Rain at last !

From my bedroom window , I watch the sea gulls following the tractor preparing the field for the next crop .

             The earth looks like cocoa powder , it has been dry for so long .

During the night I lay listening to the rain ....I,m listening to it now  ....

                                At last some rain to refresh everything .

                                    The puddle where I wash my boots .

We have given the Tomatoes and Cucumbers their final sorting out , fixing up the rigging and spacing them all out along the bench in the Solar shed  .

          We had a fairly good harvest last year growing them in here .

          Fingers crossed for a bumper harvest this year . No Tomatoes yet .....

                                     .........but they're on their way !

The rain is thundering down now ! Good .....it will replenish the water-butts ! Hooray !
  A gloomy old morning though and cold too .  I,m tired and glad to take a break from the vegetable garden today .

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Physalis - planted

 It has been the perfect day today for planting out my Physalis seedlings . Blue sky and warm , with a bit of cloud to take the edge off the heat while I finished the frame to give them some support .

 I,m sure my mother used to plant them into the ground and let them scrabble about without any support  ,and she would get lots of fruits too , but I am going to try growing them the way they do in the fields in Columbia and Peru . Rather like I also do my tomatoes  up in the solar shed , just gently winding the stems of the plants around the strings to give them support .

              The strings are wound around and over the cane at the top .....

   ..... the ends of the strings are knotted with very big knots which are buried into the ground .

The ground is so dry that I was unable to push the Hazel poles into the ground very far , so in the end I also used  bamboo canes to make the frame more rigid .

 It doesn't cling nor climb around the bamboo canes like Runnerbeans ,rather the stems and branches will be wound as to lean horizontally against and along the strings .
 My only worry is now I,ve heard that Physalis can grow to be eight feet tall ! If  it begins to look as if this is the case , then I will have to get some taller canes .

                           Look !  There are flower buds coming already !

      So I watered them in and spread some bark chippings around their feet to discourage the snails .....and fingers crossed they'll still be there tomorrow .

                  Then I watched the bees popping in and out of my Foxgloves .

This one looks different with it's stripey tail .
    I also spotted my first Humming bird moth of the year on the Centranthus rubra , more commonly known here as Cornish Valerian .....but try as I might ..I could not get a decent picture of it this time round , it was darting about our Cornish hedge so fast !

I do love our native purple Digitalis purpurea and I will let them be and flower where ever they come up , but I am also so happy that some of my foxgloves are white again this year .... I was worried that the bees would not like them as much as they do the native purple ones . I have started off a tray of Apricot ones for next year and the year after . I think my husband got them free with this months Gardeners World Magazine . Fingers crossed again for germination  ! I keep going to see if they 're coming up yet , lol !
  Lastly ,  .... Please God can we have a little rain tonight , my water but is empty and the garden is so dry ....Amen .