Saturday, 24 September 2011

Toadstools among the rosettes

Recently a few small toadstools made a brief appearance among the rosettes of one of my nameless houseleeks (but a very nice one).

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So far as I can tell it is Psathyrella candolleana, or something close to it (though perhaps rather small) and the cottony bits on and around the edges of the cap seem characteristic.

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The small toadstools developed quickly and vanished equally quickly and they were, I think, saprophytic on the decaying flower stalk and leaves that can be seen in the top centre of the photo above.

This fungus is known, among other things, as the fringed crumblecap, the pale brittlestem and the suburban psathyrella, the latter indication its frequent occurrence in gardens on dead wood and plant debris, a habitat consistent with the place where the toadstools were growing.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Blue Boy flowers

Sempervivum 'Blue Boy' has done very well here and produced a fine spike of flower. It is the last of the houseleeks to bloom this year - most have been over for several weeks. Blue Boy was raised by Kevin Vaughn in the USA in 1977.

Monday, 25 July 2011

White-flowered mystery

This very beautiful white flower has opened on one of my houseleeks.

The other picture shows the rosette. I have no idea what it is and would be grateful for any suggestions.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

First houseleek flower of the year

The first houseleek flower of the year has opened today on an arachnoideum variety called 'Jubilee' which has made a large mound in a pot.

According to the Sempervivophilia web site there are two 'Jubilees'. Mine, from Belgium, would appear to be S. arachnoideum 'Stansfieldii' x S. montanum f. raised by A. Hansen in the UK in 1969.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Moth eggs

On a rising crosier of Sempervivum arachnoideum var. I noticed a batch of moth eggs. I know of very few things that eat houseleeks (apart from the n0n-British Apollo butterfly), so it will be interesting to see how they develop.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Larva on Pastel

This morning I spot a small caterpillar on a rosette of Sempervivum 'Pastel'. I think it had been blown of nearby bushes.

Anyway, it perambulated about and was clearly not interested in eating any houseleek. Eventually I rescued it and put it on some Japonica leaves, probably its original food plant.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

A large, well-formed rosette

To start this blog I have posted a picture of a large (13cm/5in across), well-formed rosette.

I have searched far and wide but cannot decide what it is. In some ways it resembles a cultivar called 'Sharon's Pencil', but I am far from convinced.

Since I bought it in Hastings last autumn, it has grown slowly, but still shows no sign either of producing offsets or flowering. If anyone has any suggestions as to what it is, I would be grateful to hear from them.