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Dichelostemma Ida-Maia (Firecracker Lily) February 2017.

February 3, 2017

Bulbs For Yorke Peninsula

The firecracker lily, Dichelostemma Ida-Maia is a fantastic bulb for the Yorke Peninsula. The foliage grows from  late autumn through winter into spring before dying down then not long after that in late November or early December it starts sending up its flower spikes with many flowers at the top of each spike resembling and exploding sky rocket, where it gets its common name of Firecracker Lily from.

It is a great plant for a Christmas indoor vase display because it has all the seasonal colours; red, green and white. Flowers last in the vase for what seems ages and look beautiful throughout the Christmas-new year week.

Each spike is about 60cm long so a bunch of these make a nice centre piece.

In my garden these are in the dry garden bed which gets no extra irrigation over summer, and these don’t need any water at all. This summer…

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2017 Bulb Delivery Number 2

January 30, 2017

The following bulbs arrived this month (January 2017) from Tesselaar in Silvan Victoria. The Tazetta is to establish yellow Jonquils as a variation from the many whites that flower prolifically in my garden while the Golden Lion Golden Trumpet Daffodil is an attempt to find a repeat flowering yellow trumpet daffodil. Many King Alfred types don’t flower in subsequent years because our winters here are too mild. Tesselaars suggest this one is suitable for wamer climates.

This is another test to find repeat flowering bulbs for South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and other areas with a similar climate.

Narcissus Tazetta  Soleil D’Or

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Narcissus Tazetta Soleil D’Or (PHOTO: Tesselaar.net.au)

Sunny yellow petals with cute orange cups. Similar to Golden Dawn but flowers earlier. Excellent for picking.

Also known as Jonquils or Jonquil type daffodils, Scented Daffodil flowers `cluster` together along the straight stems forming an impressive display. These blooms have a strong, sweet fragrance that carries beautifully throughout the garden.

Scented Daffodils are easy, they like the simple things in life; plenty of sun and a well drained soil. It is this sunny disposition that is appealing to gardeners worldwide. We choose the best varieties for our Australian conditions so you are guaranteed success.

It is a good idea to prepare your soil by digging through some well rotted manure (or blood and bone) a few weeks prior to planting. This will improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil, giving your Butterfly Daffodils a good start.

Plant daffodil bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is high with the pointy end up. The depth will protect them from heat and soil erosion as well as providing strength for the stem. Space your daffodils 10-20cm apart, the end range is if you are leaving the bulbs in the ground to naturalise – that way they have room to multiply and you will have longer before you have to lift and divide them.

Once the flowering has finished you can remove the flower stem (this will focus the growth on the bulb rather than seed production). Allow the foliage to remain until it has yellowed. The daffodil bulb uses the foliage to gather energy and nutrients for next year’s blooms. Keep them relatively moist during this time, and add a little general purpose fertiliser. Daffodils like Potash and slow release fertiliser brands which are low in nitrogen (this means more flowers and less leaves).

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Botantical name      Narcissus tazetta
Height                         30-70cm
Width                          10-15cm
Flowers                       Early season
Climate                       Cool to Sub-Tropical
Availability                Australia wide
Aspect                         Full Sun to Light Shade
Supplied as                Bulbs
Water needs              1

Golden Trumpets Golden Lion

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Narcissus Pseudonarcissus Golden Trumpets Golden Lion (PHOTO: Tesselaar.net.au).

Golden blooms in the traditional Daffodil trumpet style. This variety performs quite well in warmer climates where daffodils do not usually perform. The flowers open mid season.

Daffodils are easy, they like the simple things in life; plenty of sun and a well drained soil. It is this sunny disposition that is appealing to gardeners worldwide. We choose the best varieties for our Australian conditions so you are guaranteed success.

It is a good idea to prepare your soil by digging through some well rotted manure (or blood and bone) a few weeks prior to planting. This will improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil, giving your Butterfly Daffodils a good start.

Plant daffodil bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is high with the pointy end up. The depth will protect them from heat and soil erosion as well as providing strength for the stem. Space your daffodils 10-20cm apart, the end range is if you are leaving the bulbs in the ground to naturalise – that way they have room to multiply and you will have longer before you have to lift and divide them.

Once the flowering has finished you can remove the flower stem (this will focus the growth on the bulb rather than seed production). Allow the foliage to remain until it has yellowed. The daffodil bulb uses the foliage to gather energy and nutrients for next year’s blooms. Keep them relatively moist during this time, and add a little general purpose fertiliser. Daffodils like potash and slow release fertilizer brands which are low in nitrogen (this means more flowers and less leaves).

Plant as many as space permits!

Code DAGGL
Botantical name Narcissus pseudonarcissus
Height 30-70cm
Width 10-15cm
Flowers Mid season
Climate Cool to Sub-Tropical
Availability Australia wide
Aspect Full Sun to Light Shade
Supplied as Bulbs
Water needs 1

Early Bulbs Order Summer 2016-17

January 30, 2017

My Lambley bulbs arrived and as usual was well packed and in perfect order. The following photo shows the bulbs as they were unpacked and I was amazed at the size of one of the Colchicum bulb sizes. It was of course called “The Giant” so it will be exciting to see if the flower is proportionately as large. Of more interest is whether it will repeat flower in our mild mediteranean winters and very hot summers.

January 2017 early bulbs delivery from Lambley Gardens and Nursery. On the far right is a Sternbergia Lutea (autumn crocus), to the left is the Colchicum"The Giant" followed by Colchicum Byzantinum and Acis Autumnale on the far left. Bulbs are shown for comparison.

January 2017 early bulbs delivery from Lambley Gardens and Nursery. On the far right is a Sternbergia Lutea (autumn crocus), to the left is the Colchicum”The Giant”(2 bulbs) followed by Colchicum Byzantinum (packs of 10) and Acis Autumnale on the far left. Bulbs are shown for comparison.

The following bulbs are early flowering bulbs and well suited to South Australia’s dry climate and mild winters, especially of you are in a frost-free area on the coast. Many bulbs need a good winter and spring chilling to flower effectively but these have been proven to be happy with our mild winters.

The thing about getting hold of these is that you need to get in early and that means the Christmas/New Year period when the focus is on things other than gardens unless you are a very keen gardener. I buy these bulbs from a reputable Australian grower David Glenn at Lambley Nursery and Gardens in Ascot near Ballarat in Victoria. Early autumn bulbs are usually delivered at the end of January or early February while the spring-flowering bulbs can be expected around April.

COLCHICUM BYZANTINUM

Byzantine Autumn Crocus

From a genus of tough autumn flowering bulbs (and a few miffy spring-flowering species) which suit our climate very well. They flower, make their leaf growth and retire into dormancy during autumn, winter and spring. Colchicum byzantinum has several large, pink almost tulip like flowers and half a dozen bulbs will make a great display. 30cm x 30cm. Sun or light shade.

Colchicum Byzantinum

Colchicum Byzantinum

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Colchicum Byzantinum Autumn Crocus Massed.

Colchicum ‘The Giant’

Giant Autumn Crocus

 Pinkish lavender flowers are produced on very tall stems in autumn. The Giant is good increaser which will soon make a good display in the garden. A spacing of 40 cm would not be too much. Sun or light shade will suit it.

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Colchicum Autumn Giant

Acis autumnale

Autumn Snowflake

Found wild in Spain, Portugal, Corsica, Sardinia and North Africa this precious little bulb has thrived here at Lambley in a rough overgrown paddock for 18 years. Each autumn I have large drifts of these white fairy bells hanging on thin 15cm tall stems. A well-drained spot in the sun or light shade which gets a fair baking in the summer suits it. Plant from 5 to 10 centimetres apart and this bulb will soon build up its numbers.

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Acis Autumnale – Autumn snowflake from Lambley Nursery and Garden.

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Acis Autumnale – Autumn Snowflake from Lambley Nursery & Gardens.

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Autumn Snowflake from Lambley Nursery & Gardens.

Nerine “Winter Cheer” In Flower Now 2016

May 28, 2016

This week heralds the start of flowering for Nerine “Winter Cheer”. It is a true pink and stands up to blustery, rainy conditions throughout June without any sign of damage or sagging. I purchased these bulbs from David Glenn and Criss Canning at Lambley Nursery.

Nerine "Winter Cheer" 27th May 2016. Wallaroo Mines, South Australia.

Nerine “Winter Cheer” 27th May 2016. Wallaroo Mines, South Australia.

Nerine ‘Winter Cheer’

‘Winter Cheer’ is a very late flowering variety which flowers here at Lambley through much of June and into July. A good cut flower, its rose-pink flowers are held on 50cm tall stiff stems and are cheerful addition to a winter vase.

I buy most of my bulbs from specialist growers and Lambley would be one of the best nurseries anywhere in the country. Bulbs are strong and well-grown and shipped at the right time of the year. If you are anywhere near Ballarat on any day of the year it is worth a visit. They are dry climate specialists in the truest definition without focusing only on succulents. If you want flowers every week of the year check out their website or visit their nursery, you will not be disappointed.

Deconstruct Laundry Tub Planter

February 24, 2016

This morning I emptied the Concrete Laundry Twin Tub Planter so that I could get a wheelbarrow between the aviary and the taps. In this tub I had some bulbs planted, some of which has already begun to move and three had green tops. I dug all these out and repotted them in smaller pots of 3 or 4 bulbs. I will plant these out once they finally die down and I have a planting space for them.

Aviary showing the corner of the Double laundry tub blocking access to the back section.

Aviary showing the corner of the Double laundry tub blocking access to the back section.

I will keep hold of the laundry tub and use it again in a different place. Perhaps it will become a herb planter, especially for mint which can become invasive if left to its own devices in the ground.

Nerine Fothergillii in flower after being potted on from the emptied laundry tub.

Nerine Fothergillii in flower after being potted on from the emptied laundry tub.

Flower of the Day 20th December 2013

December 21, 2013

Asiatic Lily

Orange Asiatic Lily. Purchased as a potted plant from Peninsula Nursery in Kadina. Has made reasonable growth and is flowering beautifully in the North Perennial Garden.

Orange Asiatic Lily. Purchased as a potted plant from Peninsula Nursery in Kadina. Has made reasonable growth and is flowering beautifully in the North Perennial Garden.

Flower of the Day 19th December 2013

December 19, 2013

Hippeastrum Myrna Larkham

Hippeastrum Myrna Larkham. Not sure of the correct name so I have named after Myrna from whom I bought the original plant in a pot.

Hippeastrum Myrna Larkham. Not sure of the correct name so I have named after Myrna from whom I bought the original plant in a pot. I think this may actually be Hippeastrum Stella Lace which I identified from Hippeastrum Seeds and Bulbs but check the link yourself to be sure.

I have become more and more interested in these as they are a good looking plant all year. They are dormant for a while in early winter but soon burst through the prostrate Rosemary carpet and this is their second flowering. I have allowed seed to set which I have dispersed through the garden.

Stellar Lace:

“Lovely red veins meander their way across the creamy petals and draw you into a startling green centre.
This is a very robust Hippeastrum requiring little care, but if you do pay her some attention she will reward you generously with a mass of blooms each and every Spring.” (Hippeastrum Bulbs and Seeds)
The petals are remarkably thick, but so very soft to the touch.
The perfume is subtle but long-lasting.

Lillium Longiflorum Flowering December 2013

December 5, 2013

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden.

It has been several months since my last posting but things are happening in the garden and with many followers complaining about the lack of news I have decided to resume regular blogging. Due to extra work commitments these will probably be briefer than in the past but I will attempt to keep it up to date.

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden. November 29th 2013 about to flower.

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden. November 29th 2013 about to flower.

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden in the first days of flowering. Apart from looking great their perfume is delicious.
Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden in the first days of flowering. Apart from looking great their perfume is delicious.

 

New Bulbs April 2013

April 19, 2013

Today some rare and unusual bulbs arrived from Tesselaar Bulb Nursery in Silvan, Victoria. These were reasonably rare and cost more than the usual but are exciting because of that.

Californian Firecracker (Dichelostemma Ida Maia)

Californian Firecracker is ideally suited to my mediterranean climate of wet winters and long hot summers.

Californian Firecracker is ideally suited to my Mediterranean climate of wet winters and long hot summers.

Explosive, red flowers that bloom from early October all the way through to December! The flowers open in dense umbels, around 8cm across. The blooms open in groups of up to 20, each flower is 2-3cm long. The blooms are saturated, strong red with complimentary, soft green sepals. They even make good cut flowers. Slightly curved flower stems to 40cm.

The foliage is thin and grass like. It grows with the autumn and winter rains, fading as the flowers begin to bloom. After flowering the plant will soon become dormant.

During dormancy, Californian Firecracker Flower requires a hot, dry period. For this reason it ideal in dry garden beds.

Plant 10cm in a warm spot in the garden. Water in and keep moist in active growth. Grow in full sun in cool climates and part shade in warmer areas. Plant into a well drained soil. Californian Firecracker Plant or Dichelostemma Ida-maia can be propagated from seed, but this can be a bit challenging. They will also produce offsets at a moderate rate which can be divided and shared with friends.

Native to the grasslands of North America, where they are pollinated by birds.

Attributes

Code: DCIFC
Genus: Dichelostemma
Species: ida-maia
Height: 20-30cm
Width: 5cm
Flowers: Spring to Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun to Semi Shade
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Magic Lily (Lycoris Squamigera)

Magic Lily is proposed to be planted beneath my summer flower perennial so these can grow through and flower before the large perennials take over.

Magic Lily is proposed to be planted beneath my summer flower perennial so these can grow through and flower before the large perennials take over.

Flower stems magically appear and flower in only 5 days!

The flowers bloom in groups of 4-7 on 60-75cm stems from late summer to autumn. The flower stems emerge and flower in around 5 days. It is from this amazing feat that they get their common names of Magic Lily or Surprise Lily. The blooms are rose pink with a lilac flush.

The leaves emerge in spring and look lush at first then loll on the ground, so if you can hide them amongst perennials. They grow to 45cm long. These vigorous bulbs can be left to their own devices once planted. Plant them in any well drained soil. They can grow in beds, lawn plantings, rockeries or pots. So beautiful and so easy.

Attributes

Code: LYSML
Genus: Lycoris
Species: squamigera
Height: 45-70cm
Width: 30cm
Flowers: Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Trout Lily Rose Beauty (Erythronium Revolutum)

Trout Lily. This requires a little more water than the bulbs above and because I have only a single bulb I will put this in a pot, bury the pot and recover it when I want to divide them. They like filtered light so will probably go under the powton in front of the kitchen window.

Trout Lily. This requires a little more water than the bulbs above and because I have only a single bulb I will put this in a pot, bury the pot and recover it when I want to divide them. They like filtered light so will probably go under the powton in front of the kitchen window.

Rosy pink blooms, 4-7cm across. The flower stems are tall with up to four blooms on each.

The flowers face downward though the petals re-curve to show off more colour and their pendant stamen.

The decorative foliage grows low to the ground. The leaves are bright green with a deep purple mottling.

Ideally grow in well drained, humus rich soil underneath deciduous trees or in a shaded border. Water to establish and keep moist in active growth.
Erythronium are also known as Dog’s Tooth Violet or Trout Lily. They are known as Dog’s Tooth because that is what the bulb resembles.

Attributes

Code: EYRRB
Genus: Erythronium
Species: revolutum
Height: 20-30cm
Width: 10cm
Flowers: Mid Spring
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Filtered Light
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 2

Mediterranean Bells (Nectaroscordum Siculum)

Mediterranea Bells. These are very tall flowering and love dry conditions so I will consider these for the Caravan Garden in the paddock where they will get just what they are after.

Mediterranean Bells. These are very tall flowering and love dry conditions so I will consider these for the Caravan Garden in the paddock where they will get just what they are after.

Loose clusters of pendulous flowers cluster atop strong stems. The flowers are cream, flushed with purplish red or pink and with a wash of green. Each bloom is around 1.5-2.5cm long. As the flowers fade they leave behind handsome seed pods that stick up in the air in late summer.

The upright leaves are around 30-40cm long.

Plant into moderately fertile soil in a full sun to semi shade position. Sharply drained is best. Water to establish, then only if rainfall is low. Allow to become relatively dry during dormancy.

Seed heads can be dried.

Attributes

Code: NCSOO
Genus: Nectaroscordum
Species: siculum
Height: 1.2mtr
Width: 10cm
Flowers: Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun to Semi Shade
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day April 2013

April 15, 2013
2013 is a great year for the Ox-Tongue Lillies (haemanthus sp). I grew these in the Dry Garden with no extra water during summer. No rain fell during spring and summer this year and it was the hottest summer on record. I wonder if that contributed to this magnificent result?

2013 is a great year for the Ox-Tongue Lillies (haemanthus sp). I grew these in the Dry Garden with no extra water during summer. No rain fell during spring and summer this year and it was the hottest summer on record. I wonder if that contributed to this magnificent result?

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No perfectly clear. I think I got the shakes admiring these beauties!

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These are definitely in focus and it is easy to see why they cost $35-55 per bulb to buy. I have grown these for the last 30 years when I was given a single bulb by Rosemary Starkey at Sanderston when I was caretaker of a sheep station.

Zauschneria Californica Western Hills in the Powton Garden. Has no water during spring and summer and is flowering strongly still.

Zauschneria Californica Western Hills in the Powton Garden. Has no water during spring and summer and is flowering strongly still.

Closeup of Zauschneria Californica Western Hills. 11th April 2013.

Closeup of Zauschneria Californica Western Hills. 11th April 2013.

Sedum Munstead Dark red. 11 April 2013.

Sedum Munstead Dark red. 11 April 2013.

Salvia Meigan's Magic is now standing 1.8m tall and wide. I cut these 3 plants to the ground in winter and they have done extremely well. only watered twice during spring and summer.

Salvia Meigan’s Magic is now standing 1.8m tall and wide. I cut these 3 plants to the ground in winter and they have done extremely well. only watered twice during spring and summer.

Closeup of Salvia Meigan's Magic.

Closeup of Salvia Meigan’s Magic.

Salvia Leucantha Harry's Red. Great perfomer with not a single drop of rain from September to April and flowering magnificently! Second year of flowering.

Salvia Leucantha Harry’s Red. Great perfomer with not a single drop of rain from September to April and flowering magnificently! Second year of flowering.

Closeup of Salvia Leucantha Harry's Red. (aka Mexican Sage)

Closeup of Salvia Leucantha Harry’s Red. (aka Mexican Sage)

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle. This is one of my favourite flowers this year. Right next to the gate to the chooks and impresses me every time. Dainty and subtle yet demands attention. Looks like dancing butterflies!

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle. This is one of my favourite flowers this year. Right next to the gate to the chooks and impresses me every time. Dainty and subtle yet demands attention. Looks like dancing butterflies!

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle Closeup April 2013

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle Closeup April 2013

Salvia Anthony Parker. Second year flowering.

Salvia Anthony Parker. Second year flowering.
Closeup of Salvia Anthony Parker.

Closeup of Salvia Anthony Parker.

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spires’. This plant has been in the garden for two years now and has done extra well. Several seedlings came up from last year's flowering. Will have to move some of them this year.

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spires’. This plant has been in the garden for two years now and has done extra well. Several seedlings came up from last year’s flowering. Will have to move some of them this year.

Galtonia Viridiflora. First year of flowering and is very impressive indeed.

Galtonia Viridiflora. First year of flowering and is very impressive indeed.

Eryngium Planum Norgate's Form 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate’s Form 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate's Form Closeup. 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate’s Form Closeup. 130411

Ornithogalum Saundersae. Purchased as a bulbs from Lambley Nursery in June 2012. This is the only one flowering.

Ornithogalum Saundersae. Purchased as a bulbs from Lambley Nursery in June 2012. This is the only one flowering.

Agastache Aurantiaca has been impressive this year, particularly in late summer and autumn. Originally a seedling from Lambley Nursery.

Agastache Aurantiaca has been impressive this year, particularly in late summer and autumn. Originally a seedling from Lambley Nursery.

Close up view of Agastache Aurantiaca. Has not attracted the birds as the do in Ballarat.

Close up view of Agastache Aurantiaca. Has not attracted the birds as the do in Ballarat.

First flowering of this plant which has been in my shadehouse for 2 years. I am a bit underwhelmed by some of the bromeliads.

First flowering of this plant which has been in my shadehouse for 2 years. I am a bit underwhelmed by some of the bromeliads.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze in North Perennial Bed April 2013.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze in North Perennial Bed April 2013.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze Closeup April 2013

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze Closeup April 2013

Tulbaghia Violacea opposite the Avocado Garden. No water since August. April 2013.

Tulbaghia Violacea opposite the Avocado Garden. No water since August. April 2013.

Miscanthus Transmorrisonenis in the Banana Garden. April 2013.

Miscanthus Transmorrisonenis in the Banana Garden. April 2013.

Geranium Unnamed Variety. April 2013 near front gate.

Geranium Unnamed Variety. April 2013 near front gate.

Alstroemeria. Dwarf variety in North Pernnial Garden. April 2013.

Alstroemeria. Dwarf variety in North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica covers the entire fence of the tennis courts and Kiosk Yard. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica covers the entire fence of the tennis courts and Kiosk Yard. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica Closeup. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica Closeup. April 2013.

Canna Lily in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Canna Lily in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Clivia in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Clivia in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Maroon in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Maroon in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Pink in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Pink in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Salvia Royal Bumble in the South Deciduous Garden. April 2013.

Salvia Royal Bumble in the South Deciduous Garden. April 2013.

Daylily Cranberry Baby was a plant I bought from Lambley Nursery this year. It has out performed the standard orange variety in that it has repeat flowered many times over summer and autumn. It grows to about 30cm tall in the regularly watered North Perennial Garden.

Daylily (Hemerocallis) Cranberry Baby was a plant I bought from Lambley Nursery this year. It has out performed the standard orange variety in that it has repeat flowered many times over summer and autumn. It grows to about 30cm tall in the regularly watered North Perennial Garden.

Kalanchoe closeup.

Kalanchoe April 2013.

Kalanchoe in a very hot spot all summer. Originally purchased at a garage sale for $5. Has flowered now for the past few months but has never looked better than it is now.

Kalanchoe in a very hot spot all summer. Originally purchased at a garage sale for $5. Has flowered now for the past few months but has never looked better than it is now.


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