Violas For Winter Blooms

Forest Garden

October 4 shopping 016Violas are finally here, ready to plant in our pots and beds to enjoy all winter.  Even as we watch weather reports of 20+ inches of snow falling in early winter storm Atlas over six states in the upper mid-west of the US, I’m planning our winter flower garden.

Violas, a huge genus of between 500 and 600 species, love cool weather.  The perennial Viola odorata is a naturalized wildflower in our garden.   These small, edible flowers begin blooming in early spring and continue until the weather warms.  These are different from the Viola cultivars showing up in garden centers now.

Sometimes called pansies, Viola cultivars bring welcome color to winter days.  Pansies are the large flowered members of this beautiful group of winter bedding plant.  Violas, the smaller flowered selections; and Panolas, new in-between hybrids; are somewhat tougher and more cold hardy.  While pansies may take…

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Glorious Orchid Specimens in 2013 Spring Show Competition

✿❀ Queensland Orchid International ❀✿

The Spring Show Has Begun in Earnest on 13th September!

The Queensland Orchid Society would like to welcome all of you to the show, and to hope that those who attended have had a pleasant time enjoying the opportunity to exhibit, view, learn about, sell or buy quality orchid specimens.

The following photos are a gift to SoundEagle from the friendly and generous Kerri Roland, a first-day visitor who admired and photographed the specimens in the afternoon with her new camera NIKON D5100. Kerri’s enthusiasm and appreciation of floral beauty are undeniable and admirable. We would like to thank Kerri for her visiting the show and sharing the photos, and we hope to see her at future meetings and shows.

Please note that each of the image files has subsequently undergone file size reduction, image enhancement (optimization) and labelling for the purpose of web presentation as follows.


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✿❀ Queensland Orchid Society ❀✿

🦅 SoundEagle

A New Website Is Born!

SoundEagle has been busy creating and designing this new and special website, and would like to welcome you to browse and comment at your discretion.

Click on the following images to visit the corresponding parts of the Queensland Orchid Society website.

Click here to visit Queensland Orchid International
On this website you will find some of the best orchid species and cultivars from avid growers in Queensland, Australia and the Whole World.

SoundEagle would like to welcome you and the whole world with an interactive platform that is serving not only as a communal website for amassing tips, ideas and findings, but also as the ongoing embodiment of a fully functioning (horticultural) society and community (including being a social media and educational platform) with specific goals and missions towards culturing, promoting and preserving orchids in all their diversity.

As such, the styles and contents of this website reveal in varying degrees certain…

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Fit with Fittonia.




Fittonia is a lovely plant with delicately veined, deep green leaves. Although the most popular vein color is silvery white, you can also readily find fittonia with veins in pink, white, and green. They are available as trailing houseplants or low-growing creepers that are perfectly fit for terrariums or bottle gardens. As beautiful as they are, fittonia are difficult to raise as conventional houseplants; they require very high, constant humidity (typical to a terrarium), but cannot stand stagnant conditions. Fittonia also dislike strong, direct sunlight and will quickly suffer from burn.

Keeping your Fittonia Fit ;

Light: Indirect or dappled sunlight. They also thrive under fluorescent lights. Don’t expose to full sunlight.

Water: Plants should be kept constantly moist, with high ambient humidity. Mist frequently or grow in a tray with pebbles and water.

Temperature: Average (around 70ºF). They can tolerate temperatures down to the mid-60s or into…

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Late Flowers

My Plants, Pets And Favourite Places

At the start of the year I planned to photograph plants in flower on a weekly basis.  This patently never materialised  (the same fate happened to many of my other projects!) – I will have another go next year so please bear with me!

Below are a few late flowers in the big greenhouse.  These here are all members of the Mesembryanthemum family.







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Orchid Design Inspiration


Orchids come in such great varieties so there’s always an Orchid that you like. The Phalaenopsis orchid for example has a family of 60 members . The Phalaneopsis orchid is also the most popular one.

One of my favorites is the Blue Vanda-orchid ( Vanda coerulea ) even as a cut-flower you can enjoy the Vanda-orchid for weeks. The Cymbidium orchids have a rich velvet look and are also available in many colors and even in different flower-sizes.

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