Small but perfectly formed #5

As many of you know by now: Geeky plant post = Darren is feeling a bit emotional! This has been a highly stressful week professionally. In contrast to this, blog-wise I am feeling rather overwhelmed by folks saying nice things about me. Consequently my emotional barometer is up and down like a, well, up-and-downy thing. The only thing to do is write from my comfort zone:

Trichopetalum plumosum is from Chile, the only species of the genus in South America (the rest are Australian). The plant grows during the winter in response to moisture. These small short-lived flowers are produced in late spring just before the plant dies back to a resting tuber during the hot summer months.

Trichopetalum

It is easy in cultivation under glass and I have maintained it from a seed collection made in Chile by Flores and Watson in 2001. I find if it does not get a warm enough summer it will fail to re-sprout in the autumn and takes a year off. The flowers are self fertile and produce loads of fertile seeds which germinate easily – here is the result of the 2017 seed harvest:

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      1. I must have got a dose of what you felt the other day. You know about the struggles with Mom and last night after reading a nice comment from someone, I felt overwhelmed and as if I didn’t deserve that kindness. I curled up like a broken little girl and the tears started to run. I am ok, but I know that you can relate and it is because of life has beaten us down a time or two. The most important thing is that we always gotten back up and we face our struggles to fight another day. It is those fighting alongside with us that make all the difference and I’m glad we are there for each other. Xoxo πŸ’™

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          1. 2 more months! Yesterday we finally opened the hoop houses, now that the temps were above freezing. Everything survived theses weeks of single digits! Love the sun!

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    1. I nearly wrote something rather more rude but figured I had already sullied my reputation enough with my post on Linda’s blog.
      Hugs to you too. I am ok. Having to make big decisions at work and I hate being a grownup.πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

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  1. What a delicate flower. Exquisite! I’m talking about the plant, not you!

    Now it seems like you have been having too many nice things being said about you on the blog. My guess is that it’s partly because of your potty mouth which I sent forth into the world. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

    You deserve all accolades sent your way. You rock! Anyone who says otherwise will have to deal with me…and my dragons. Same deal applies to the people at your work if they are giving you a hard time. As far as they are concerned, pffft…screw ’em! πŸ‰ ❀️ πŸ‰ ❀️ πŸ‰

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    1. But I am a delicate flower LindaπŸ˜‰πŸ’•

      Thank you so much my friend. Yes it is partly due to the guest in jest but also award posts etc.

      I would love to see you and your dragons square up against the main perpetrators of my misery – the uk government procurement service. But I fear they are like the Borg. Resistance is futile. πŸ˜€πŸ˜‰β€οΈ

      However. I am sending you a huge hug for making me smile this morning, and for just being wonderful. 😍

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      1. You know I love huge hugs! The UK gov. procurement service sounds like a force to be reckoned with. I shall advise my dragons. I’ll feed them super hot Mexican food so their fire is especially hot…and pungent!

        By the way, you are wonderful, too. You realize that we can keep this mutual admiration/exchanging hugs thing going indefinitely, right? Hehe, that’s rather comforting. πŸ€—

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              1. It sounds like dealing with insurance companies. Not fun. Did you give them hell? I suppose if you need something you can’t really do that. Sarcasm is probably out of the question, too. Yup, dragons are your only recourse! πŸ‰ ❀️ πŸ‰ ❀️ πŸ‰ πŸ€—

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