• Scadoxus multiflorus "Blood Lily" - Did you already bring it to the bloom?

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    Scadoxus multiflorus, also known as the Blood Lily or Paintbrush Lily.

    Appearance: Scadoxus multiflorus is a striking and exotic perennial plant native to parts of Africa and Madagascar. It belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family. The plant is known for its impressive, spherical, and bright red inflorescence that resembles a large paintbrush or a cluster of red flowers. The inflorescence is composed of numerous tiny individual flowers and can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Surrounding the inflorescence are long, slender, and bright green leaves.

    Habitat and Growth: In its natural habitat, Scadoxus multiflorus typically grows in shaded or semi-shaded areas, often found in forests or woodland clearings. As a houseplant, it can be grown in pots indoors, provided it receives ample indirect light. Outdoors, it thrives in tropical or subtropical climates.

    Blooming Period: The Blood Lily produces its striking flowers in late spring or early summer. During this time, the inflorescence emerges from the center of the leaves and draws attention with its vibrant red color, making it a popular ornamental plant for gardens and indoor displays.

    Cultural Significance: Scadoxus multiflorus holds cultural significance in some African societies, where it is considered sacred and used in various rituals and ceremonies. It is believed to have protective qualities and is often associated with purification and cleansing.

    Care: As a houseplant, Scadoxus multiflorus requires well-draining soil and regular watering. During the active growing season, it appreciates consistent moisture, but the soil should not be waterlogged. In the dormant season, watering can be reduced. It prefers a warm and humid environment and can benefit from occasional misting. It is essential to keep the plant away from direct sunlight, as the leaves may burn.

    Caution: It's essential to note that all parts of Scadoxus multiflorus are considered toxic if ingested. Therefore, care should be taken to keep it out of reach of pets and small children. Overall, Scadoxus multiflorus is a captivating and unique plant with its stunning red inflorescence and lush green leaves. Its cultural significance and easy care make it a desirable addition to tropical gardens and indoor plant collections for those who appreciate its extraordinary beauty and striking appearance.

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  • Botanical Garden in Prague / Czech Republic

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    Greetings, fellow nature enthusiasts! If you find yourself in the Czech Republic's capital, Prague, we have an absolute treat for you – the breathtaking Botanical Garden in Troja. Situated on a picturesque hillside, this green gem is just a short, scenic bus ride (around 30-40 minutes) away from the heart of Prague. Get ready to embark on a journey of relaxation and botanical learning in this urban oasis.

    The Botanical Garden's Outdoor Expositions will embrace you in the vibrant tapestry of over 15,000 tree and flower species. You'll be captivated by the serenity of the meditative Japanese Garden, adorned with delicate blossoms of rhododendrons, peonies, and tender Japanese cherries. During the scorching summer days, find refuge under the cool shade of the garden, and as autumn arrives, watch the vivid hues of Japanese maples brighten the surroundings. The wonders of the Peony Meadow, the North American Prairie, the Ornamental Garden, and the Mediterranean will leave you awe-inspired – and these are just a glimpse of the many fascinating places awaiting your exploration.

    But that's not all! In the enchanting Japanese Garden, you'll find an astonishing exhibition of Bonsai Trees, each boasting their own unique kind and size. These meticulously cultivated miniature masterpieces will leave you in awe of the artistry and dedication behind their creation. As you stroll through the garden, take the time to appreciate the intricate details of these miniature trees, carefully shaped and nurtured over time. The Bonsai Trees add an extra layer of charm to the already captivating Japanese Garden, making it a must-see highlight of your botanical journey.

    Prepare to marvel at the treasures of the plant kingdom in every season, as each offers a unique spectacle to behold. But that's not all! Prepare for an enthralling voyage around the world within the Fata Morgana Greenhouse. This hour-long journey will introduce you to exotic gems from tropical rainforests, cloud forests, and the world's driest regions. Be captivated by the diverse array of tropical fish thriving in lush rivers and lakes, all while the melodious sound of an impressive waterfall creates a mesmerizing ambiance.

    To discover all the plant beauties spread across nearly 30 hectares of the garden, you may easily spend between 4 to 6 hours; but no worries – there are also several options for refreshments, including drinks and simple food. I would be happy to receive your feedback after your visit to the botanical garden.

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  • Magnificent GUNNERA MANICATA - a Marvel of Nature

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    Welcome to TOMs FLOWER CLUB, where we proudly present the awe-inspiring Gunnera Manicata. Originating from the lush landscapes of South America, this remarkable plant is a true marvel of nature. In this article, we will delve into the origins, plant care, size, and availability of Gunnera Manicata, ensuring you have all the information you need to appreciate and cultivate this botanical wonder.

    Origin and Background: Gunnera Manicata, also known as Giant Rhubarb or Dinosaur Food, is native to the damp forests and streambanks of Brazil and Chile. Its large, umbrella-like leaves and imposing size make it a captivating addition to any garden. At TOMs FLOWER CLUB, we take pride in sourcing our Gunnera Manicata specimens from reputable growers who prioritize sustainable and organic practices.

    Plant Care: To ensure the health and vitality of your Gunnera Manicata, it is important to provide it with the right growing conditions. Here are some key care guidelines to follow:

    1. Moisture: Gunnera Manicata thrives in moist environments. It is best planted near water sources such as ponds, streams, or water features. Ensure that the soil is consistently damp, but not waterlogged, to mimic its natural habitat.

    2. Sunlight: While Gunnera Manicata prefers partial shade, it can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. In hotter regions, it benefits from some protection from intense sunlight to prevent leaf scorching.

    3. Soil: This plant thrives in rich, well-draining soil. Organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, can be incorporated to improve soil fertility and moisture retention.

    4. Size and Spacing: Gunnera Manicata is known for its colossal size, with leaves that can reach up to 3 meters in diameter. Ensure ample space for its growth, allowing at least 2-3 meters between plants to accommodate its expansive foliage.

    Availability: At TOMs FLOWER CLUB, we take great care in cultivating Gunnera Manicata through our own propagation methods. Our plants are 100% organically grown, ensuring their health and resilience. However, due to the limited availability of Gunnera Manicata, we recommend checking our stock regularly or contacting me to secure this botanical treasure for your garden.

    Conclusion: The Gunnera Manicata, with its magnificent size, striking appearance, and unique origin, is a plant that captures the imagination of garden enthusiasts. At TOMs FLOWER CLUB, we are delighted to offer this remarkable species to our customers. By following the recommended plant care guidelines, you can create a captivating focal point in your garden and enjoy the beauty of Gunnera Manicata for years to come. Don't miss out on the limited stock availability - visit TOMs FLOWER CLUB today and embark on an extraordinary botanical journey.

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  • HORTENSIA Garden at Meggenhorn Castle / Vierwaldstättersee / Lucerne

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    It was a bright and sunny day when I visited the Hortensia Garden at Meggenhorn Castle. From a distance, I could already see the vibrant display of hydrangea blooms in every imaginable color and shape, covering the expansive grounds.

    As I entered the garden, a delightful fragrance enveloped me, instantly captivating my senses. The meticulously designed beds and pathways invited me to leisurely stroll through the garden and admire the blooming beauties up close.

    It was a feast for the eyes. Everywhere I looked, there were delicate pastel hues, dazzling bursts of color, and abundant floral clusters. Each hydrangea had its own unique charm, proudly radiating its beauty. I couldn't get enough of this impressive diversity.

    As I wandered among the flowers, I learned about the garden's special significance. Since 2012, it has been home to around 40 traditional Swiss hydrangea cultivars that were in danger of extinction. The ProSpecieRara Foundation collected and preserved these varieties, ensuring their legacy lives on.

    In addition to the hydrangeas, the garden showcased old cultivated and ornamental plants, as well as rare livestock. It had become a vibrant showcase network for ProSpecieRara, not only preserving genetic diversity but also fostering the development of new cultivars.

    I spent hours meandering through the garden, marveling at each individual hydrangea and soaking in the harmonious atmosphere. It was a place of tranquility and inspiration, where I could fully immerse myself in the beauty of nature.

    As I reluctantly left the Hortensia Garden at Meggenhorn Castle, I felt a sense of fulfillment and gratitude for this unique experience. The garden had offered me an escape from everyday life and a deeper connection to the natural world and its abundance.

    I will always carry this magical haven of hydrangea blooms at Meggenhorn Castle in my heart, and I hope that many more visitors have the opportunity to discover this enchanting oasis.

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