And thank you for letting me have a long weekend of doing very little.
As I write, I am watching this:
It’s David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants, which is like a HD, 3D (if you’re watching it on a 3D TV) Private Life of Plants which is my favourite documentary series, also with Sir Attenborough. Way back in 1995 (when I was just 3!), the cinematography of PLOP (yeah, what a great acronym) was astonishing, and every detail captured. Especially memorable is the time-lapse sequences, which, like everything else, have been improved with 17 years of technological improvement.
Earlier today I decided to watch Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace again, which is hilarious. That was after a much-needed14-hour sleep.
I have spent a good while out in the rain and in the greenhouse, marvelling at the intricacy of the foxglove blooms and the speed of the cactus/succulent growth.
A lovely day all round.
1: A Jubilee compilation of Euphorbia milii, Mammillaria ‘Snowcap’ and Meconopsis betonicifolia. I’m a bit patriotic, but a few minutes on Photoshop is the full effort I am willing to give.
2: many people complain that Rosa ‘Tea Clipper’ fades too quickly, but with bloooms as thick and fast as it produces, who cares? Here is a bloom of around five days old, and unopened rich apricot buds.
3: My grapefruit!! (Citrus × paradisi) OMG It’s only a year-old seedling, but already a perfect flower (literally perfect in botanical terms) . I think it deserves its own little journal. :)
4: A Pimm’s, with Pentaglottis sempervirens flowers in place of the traditional borage, of the same family (Boraginaceae).
5: The lovely Clarkia unguiculata syn. elegans
Sempervivum Mix Growing
Ferocactus emoryi Growing
Sedum kamtschaticum Blooming
Huernia Macrocarpa Branching
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Growing
Aloe aristata Budding
Citrus x paradisi
Opuntia phaeacantha Branching
Not flowers, but new pads forming. :)
Pentaglottis sempervirens Harvesting