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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

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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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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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Late Flowers

My Plants 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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September Aster

September Aster

Aster (genus)

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aster alpinus
Aster alpinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Aster L.
Many, see text.

Aster (syn. Diplopappus Cass.) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. The genus once contained nearly 600 species in Eurasia and North America, but after morphologic and molecular research on the genus during the 1990s, it was decided that the North American species are better treated in a series of other related genera. After this split there are roughly 180 species within the genus, all but one being confined to Eurasia.[1] The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word ἀστήρ (astér), meaning “star”, referring to the shape of the flower head. Many species and a variety of hybrids and varieties are popular as garden plants because of their attractive and colourful flowers. Aster species are used as food plants by the larvae of a number of Lepidoptera species—see list of Lepidoptera that feed on Aster. Asters can grow in all hardiness zones.

The genus Aster is now generally restricted to the Old World species, with Aster amellus being the type species of the genus, as well as of the family Asteraceae. The New World species have now been reclassified in the genera Almutaster, Canadanthus, Doellingeria, Eucephalus, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oligoneuron, Oreostemma, Sericocarpus and Symphyotrichum, though all are treated within the tribe Astereae. Regardless of the taxonomic change, all are still widely referred to as “asters” (popularly “Michaelmas daisies” because of their typical blooming period) in the horticultural trades. See the List of Aster synonyms for more information.

In the UK there are only two native members of the genus: Goldilocks, which is very rare, and Aster tripolium, the Sea aster. Aster alpinus spp. vierhapperi is the only species native to North America.[1]

Some common species are:

Some common North American species that have now been moved are:

The China aster is in a related genus, Callistephus.


  • Aster x frikartii (A. amellus x A. thomsonii) ‘Frikart’s aster’.[2] Two cultivars of this hybrid have gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit, A. x frikartii ‘Mönch’[3]; and A. x frikartii ‘Wunder von Stäfa’.[4]
  • ‘Kylie’ (A. novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Pötschke’ x A. ericoides ‘White heather’)[5][6]
  • ‘Ochtendgloren’ (A. pringlei hybrid)[7]
  • ‘Photograph’[8]

The Aster Revolution

The Hungarian revolution of 31 October 1918, became known as the “Aster Revolution” due to protesters in Budapest wearing this flower[citation needed].


  1. ^ a b Brouillet, Luc; Barkley, Theodore M.; Strother, John L. (2006), “Astereae”, in Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+, Flora of North America, 20, New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3, http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=20538
  2. ^ Floridata: Aster x frikartii
  3. ^ http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Harlow-Carr/About-Harlow-Carr/Plant-of-the-month/October/Aster-x-frikartii-Monch
  4. ^ http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=5443
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3324244/Blazin-squad.html
  6. ^ http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=5813
  7. ^ http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=2140
  8. ^ http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=4504

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Miniature (& Small) Hostas


Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.


'Holy Mouse Ears'‘Holy Mouse Ears’: the miniature hostas in the mouse ears series are my favorites.

I am in stage four of my relationship with hostas.  I have noticed that many of my customers go through these stages too.  Stage one was when I was a new gardener.  I discovered hostas and loved them because they are easy to grow and to divide to make more.  I had the green one, the…

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