31 Oct 2012

MIMMI a nice fancy.

Ray's fancy MIMMI

MIMMI is one of my own hybrids I have bred; I’m quite pleased with this fancy as it produces a good truss and does well here in Sweden.

28 Oct 2012

Minus 6°C; auriculas in the frost.

A frost covered Minley in the east border.
Minus 6°C today and no it’s not farina you see on the leaves but a heavy frost on the auriculas in that grow in my borders. Those that are in the cold frames & greenhouse are protected from the frost but the soil in their pots is frozen solid. My auriculas are used to these conditions and in fact cope with much worse. I have just posted a short article on Sweden’s Auricula Club blog about how I take care of my auriculas during the Swedish winter. This week I covered auriculas in pots, next week I will cover auriculas growing in borders. Click on the link to read the article.  http://swedensauriculaclub.blogspot.se/

Old Irish Green also in the east border.

Border auricula in the car park border.

Minleys in the greenhouse.

26 Oct 2012

Starling: an unusual border auricula.


Starling is rather an unusual but attractive border auricula which does well here in Sweden. It has a speckling of farina on its petals, which gives it that special look. Although it can be grown in a border, it looks best grown in a pot where it can shielded from the rain and thus retain the farina on its petals. It also produces very few offsets so it takes a while to build up stocks of this auricula.
As can be seen in this picture Starling is pin eyed.
 Pin eyed is when the pin or stigma/pistil is seen above the stamens
Close up of petals showing the farina.

24 Oct 2012

STELLA is a star.


One of my new border auriculas is named STELLA, the word Stella is the Latin & Italian name for star. I think the bloom looks like a starburst in the galaxy. I’ve actually named this after a friend named Stella who has done the most to help me promote and increase an interest in auriculas in Sweden

22 Oct 2012

Oak Moss Lichen – Evernia prunasti

Evernia prunasti

The Oak Moss Lichen growing on an old Silver Birch really likes the wet autumn weather.