Thursday, April 26, 2012


The Flower Festival, that takes place in spring when the flowers are at their best, is one of the major attractions in the island. I happened to be in Madeira island, last weekend, when the Festival was held. A myriad of flowers, a myriad of colours...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Flower Show Here

Start:     Apr 25, '12
End:     Apr 27, '12
Location:     Garden Gurus
Collect six of your favourite flower photos and save them to a file.
On the 25th of April we are going to have our own Garden Gurus Flower Show. Have your photos ready and I will give you further information as the date gets closer.
Cheers Milli.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Crucifix orchid (Epidendrum ibaguense)

As Easter approaches for those who celebrate it, I wanted to introduce you to a plant I have growing in pots around my garden.
A very rewarding plant for my area the Crucifix orchid (Epidendrum ibaguense) is a very interesting plant.
Originating in South America this plant is associated with Easter and the passion of Jesus Christ, although nobody really knows what sort of wood the cross was made of, or what plant was used to make the crown of thorns.
It is thought that these plants were given religious significance by the Christian missionaries.

Photo By Milli 

"This species occurs naturally from Mexico to Colombia. It has long, thin stems and leathery leaves. The flowers bloom in clusters, with up to 20 flowers open on a stem at once. They come in orange, red, mauve, purple, salmon and yellow. 

The common name 'crucifix orchid' refers to the lip of the flower (called the labellum), which resembles a small, gold cross. Crucifix orchids are tough, easy to grow, easily propagated and they have vivid, long lasting flowers. In fact, they are an excellent beginner's orchid. They can be grown in containers in a free-draining mix, amongst rocks in the garden, or in soil. They like a frost-free climate and flower best in a full sun position." 

All Information Gleaned From The Net.

Have a Happy And Safe Easter Everyone.


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