UPDATE ON TACCA
As there have been a few enquiries on the growing of this plant, here are a few tips.
First: this is a tropical beauty so don’t just “shove it in the ground” if you live in Adelaide or Edmonton. In most parts of the world it’s considered a “pot plant” and probably needs a heated greenhouse in harsh winters.
But it should be “do-able” if you treat it well.
Probably the important points to note are soil conditions: must be free-draining and temperature: summer 25 – 29deg Celsius (75 – 85deg Fahrenheit) and winter
15 – 18deg Celsius( 60 – 65deg Fahrenheit).
Seed is available commercially from several places, but germination is sometimes tricky, so seek a good nursery and buy an established plant. Growth is late spring through summer (yeah, I know, here we are almost in winter and my silly thing is throwing flowers!), when it needs to be kept moist so you might need to use a mist spray.If you don’t have a heated greenhouse you could bring it indoors, but if you favour central heating, keep a close eye on Batty!
And while we’re at it, Google “images, bat plants” and drool over that GORGEOUS white-flowered one.
As Mr. S. says: I hope that this helps.
And some more botanical Latin for Vicus!
If Carl Linnaeus
Could only see us,
In our struggle tyrannical
With nomenclature botanical…
He’d have written his damn’ list in English!
Most of you seem to like the gardens in this part of the world, although I admit that not all my photos are taken in my own garden!
But this morning, once the sun had taken the bitter chill off the morning (yes, 12 deg Celsius IS bitter at 6am when you live in a wide-open house, so please don’t flood me with horror stories of the frost heaves on the Manitoba highway or the skatable ice on your ponds in Alberta or the demise of your goldfish in Galway, ok?) I wandered about with the camera. Nothing much in the “spectacular” line at present, this being our slow season, but one or two treats for you:
Aeschynanthus; the flowers appear at the end of very long stems so it needs to be hung from head-clearance height. This one is over on the pergola, well clear of anyone bigger than a dwarf. Actually, even dwarves (or dwarfs) might have to stoop to get by. This was getting too big for its pot so I ripped out some of it and poked it (no finesse!) into another hanging basket from which it, too, causes traffic delays. I expect, any day day now, to be visited by the SPHOSP…*
Tecomanthe hillii, the Fraser Island creeper. A bit of a misnomer, I think, since this beauty certainly doesn’t “creep” her way through gardens, up trees, over fences. Pruning and training is an ongoing chore. Why do I bother with it? Because it’s pretty!
Here are some of the buds (they form along the stems)…
And here’s the tearaway, heading for the top of a 20′ tree.No, I will NOT be climbing up there to prune it!
For those who might want to know, the flower bells are reminiscent of foxgloves.
Lest you think I grow nothing but pretty pink flowers…
Some of the tarragon (yellow flowers) and curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) that have fought back against the invasion of the Banana Barons. This area, formerly a raised vegetable patch, is ear-marked for the chooks. Well, it’s now too shady in winter and too hot in summer for leafy vegetables so they are tucked in here and there whenever I find or create space.
Tacca chantrierei, the Bat Plant. This one is mine, showing new (if somewhat scrotal!) flower buds. (And see those bright green seedlings in the pot? They are **%&$#!! palm seedlings.I do not want them! I am forever yanking the wretched things out. A bit like painting the Forth Bridge…)
And now, I think I’ve given you enough to be envious of.
I may be away for a while, but I’ll still be visiting, so keep that coffee pot hot. Or the wine chilled.
*Society for the Prevention of Humiliation Of Small Persons
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And the answer to name this plant..
I noticed this flower bud this morning on the Blue Butterfly I mentioned a couple of posts ago. If it does flower, I’ll certainly show you. Depends how much colder the weather gets!