I've never known much about bulbs. Having a background in natives, its not really something I had come across. However as I've grown through my love and admiration of all plants, I've also become aware of bulbs. And over the years, I've plants quite a few different bulbs. The two I started with were Jonquils and daffodils. Two very similar plants and very beautiful.
This year, as well as the jonquils and daffodils, I also plants Ranunculus, Grape Hyacinth and Freesias. The Ranunculus and freesias have started showing themselves. The hyacinths have not thus far. I planted them to add a bit of colour this Winter. However, the way our season are at the moment, who knows when they will come into bloom.
The other bulbs I planted were garlic bulbs. I am looking forward to these as I am a huge fan of garlic. Its one of those things that can make a dish. I have to wait til the leaves die on the bulbs and then keep them dry and then harvest them. I tried onions last year, but I forgot about them and they ended up as mush. :(
So, how are my cuttings doing? Thanks for asking! ;)
Fuchsia magellanica - Hummingbird Fuchsia - Doing really well. I've two in one pot and I've just planted the third into a hanging basket by itself. I have another fuchsia in a hanging pot and its thriving. Its been there for about five years. Fuchsia's are just amazing plants. They seem to grow very well from cuttings.
Carpobrotus glaucesens - Pig Face
This is doing wonderful. I just put it in the garden and its taken off.
Carpobrotus edulis - Cape fig
Another amazing succulent. Its seems not be as prevalent as the pig-face but is still quite healthy and robust in the garden.
Grevillea sp (unsure on the name)
The parent plant is about to flower in the pot which is exciting. I am hoping, when it does flower, I might distinguish what species it is. The cuttings are fair. They have not died, but I am keeping a close eye on them.
Correa Dusky Bells
These are doing fabulously. As I grew the parent plant from a cutting, it is not surprising. What did surprise me, was that it flowered as a cutting. Calothamnus quadrifidus
This is doing well. I had two areas of cuttings here. One in some water inside as a cut flower and the other, in cutting media. The cuttings in the water have since died, but I was surprised how long they lasted. Dampiera diversifolia
I have never had success with this. Its a Western Australian plant, but I've been able to have success with other WA plants. The cuttings are slowly dying although I haven't completely given up on them. The parent plant is in the ground and looking like it too will die soon. Prostanthera ovalifolia - Native Mint bush
These died unfortunately. I really wanted these to work. Vinca Major (reminds me of my Nanna's garden) - Bigleaf Periwinkle
Success! Very excited about this. Yeah, they're Hibiscus syracus - Rose Mallow
These died unfortunately. I will have to try again.
Pittosporum tenufolium (for a client) - Silver Sheen
These died too. I am not too heart broken about this one as I dislike pittos.
Dendrobium pieradii - Crucifix orchid
This has struck! Very excited about this!
Calendula officinalis - Pot Marigold
No surprises here, this struck very easily.
Crowea exalata - Small Crowea
Doing surprisingly well.
Pelagonium tomentosum - Peppermint scented Pelagonium
Love this plant and it grows in the ground from a cutting
Plectranthus argentatus - Silver Spurflower
This also worked wonderfully as did the last plant...