Sunday, June 30, 2019

Who knows the origin of String of Dolphins?

String of Dolphins -- The hottest plant

One of the ‘hottest’ plants is String of Dolphins – Senecio peregrinus.  Where did this come from?  Why had we not known about this novelty plant before?

The internet will tell you everything.  But what to believe?

              I don’t know if the stories of its origin are true.  One account is that it is a hybrid of two species and has a species name of peregrinus.  This is suspect, because hybrids of two species are conventionally given a hybrid name in single quotes; e.g.  Sinningia ‘Li’l Georgie’ is a hybrid of (Sinningia concinna X Sinningia muscicola).

            Perhaps, it is natural occurring species found in nature as Senecio peregrinus --- common name:  String of Dolphins.

            A counter argument is that it is a hybrid---- either natural occurring or man-made.  We have had hundreds of flowers go to seed, but have not seen any seedlings sprout, implying it may be sterile.  This is a common phenomenon of F1 hybrids of two species --- a sterile hybrid.

You are welcome to comment to give an accurate picture of String of Dolphins.

This novel plant is going to become a standard.  It would be nice to know its history.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Does Pilea peperomioides flower, Part II ?

Pilea peperomioides with open flowers

          The flowers are open.

          Still not exciting.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Does Pilea peperomioides flower?

Pilea peperomioides in flower

          All species in the wild must flower at some point to help perpetuate itself.  This is the first time I have seen it.  This is a much older plant than we normally have around since all younger ones are sold.

          It's easy to see that this is not a flowering plant that is grown for its flowers.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

It's never too late to learn..., O. T.

Do you know what this means?

I missed it when it was happening.  I had never read a Harry Potter book nor seen a movie about the marvelous world of wizards and witches.

It’s been 20 years since the clever writer, J. K. Rowling, finally got her ingenious stories published for the world to read.

I’ve listened to three books from Audible and watched three movies interpret them.  I wonder if the movies could stand alone, without knowing the descriptive details from the books.

The advantage of the audio, performed by Jim Dale, with his amazing storytelling, is giving the characters their own voice.

I’ve been entertained and now know why so many were taken over by Harry Potter.