Monday, February 21, 2011
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I read once that a good part of enjoying a holiday is in the anticipation, the thrill of looking forward to and planning the coming event. I think also anticipation is an enjoyable part of watching one's favourite shrub come into bloom. This is Vireya "Arch Angel" This particular plant has five buds. It's been lovely to watch this first bud plump up, then the stages of the truss opening gradually and then finally the beautiful blooms.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This Vireya hybrid is called "Neesa" and would have to be one of our favourites. It has perhaps more of the cold temperate Rhododendron appearance flowerwise. But with it's cousins flowering in the Spring. This plant has stunning blooms in the middle of our Queensland winter. Please click on image for a larger view.
It has been said, that if one has enough Vireyas in one's garden then there should always be one flowering, particularly from the beginning of Autumn to the end of Spring. There is such an array of colours available that will blend in with any tropical garden. We personally like to close plant them to create a mass of colour. This can be done as Vireyas have a very fine and small root system and are quite happy with their small space. Please click on the image for a larger view.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The diversity of blooms and colours on our Vireyas was very refreshing during the Autumn/winter period. This image of "Coral Flare" (top right) was taken mid Autumn, the same plant is full of buds again ready to burst out in Late Winter/Spring. Please click on image for larger view.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Just a few Vireya blooms from our Nursery display garden. Many of the Hybrids flower in Spring and Autumn. In nature a number of the species grow as epiphytes and have very small and fine root systems and therefore in cultivation require very good drainage. They make excellent container plants enjoying morning sun or bright filtered light. Vireyas do require some protection from frost in Winter and from hot afternoon sun in Summertime. Please click on image for a larger view.