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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Oxalis versicolor

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richard.spicer.7906

Been in the polytunnel for a couple of hours, removed all the frost protection and covers to give the plants a bit of air, wiped away all the dew on the roof. Was -4C last night, think another hard frost tonight 🥶 was hoping it would get a bit milder this wkd but clearly not! Meanwhile, the day temps in the tunnel are a barmey 20C! These candy cane sorrel flowers are finally open 😍

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richard.spicer.7906

#oxalis #oxalis-versicolour #oxalisversicolour #candycanesorrel

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gjones

Everything in your polytunnel does wonderfully - its like summer in there! Lots of work though to have to cover and fleece everything.

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joanboston

My cold greenhouse was -5.3 last night. Hoping it eases soon 🤞

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columbiariver

These are beautiful.

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racha

wow so pretty

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Auricula

Got down to -6.4 last night I was thinking it would thaw out no such luck! I love these Candy Cane Sorrel🥰

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hebelover

Pretty

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juliesgarden

How pretty are those ❤️🤍

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jacaranda

So lovely! 🥰

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ulrikagustafsson

They’re beautiful🤍❤️

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QT

🍭 🍭 wow I love how these flower 🌺

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richard.spicer.7906

I can’t find any #januaryblooms outside right now, but I do have these little winter oxalis in bud in the polytunnel. They tend to stay like this for most of January, and then open up on warmer days in Feb and March.

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

That’s the first time I’ve seen the candy cane for real…..❤️🤍

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jacaranda

Even in bud they’re really pretty 🥰

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lesliecole49

These are so cute, I wish they were a little more frost hardy

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Elaine 😊 I’m surprised not more people have tried growing it @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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richard.spicer.7906

They are Barbara 😄 you lose the candy cane pattern when they open fully @jacaranda

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richard.spicer.7906

Yes, I dare not grow them outside Leslie - but they do very well under the protection of the polytunnel 😊 @lesliecole49

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lesliecole49

Not in my budget unfortunately Rich and I've so many trees snd loose so many branches during our storms I'm afraid even a polycarbonate or glass house would get damaged. Maybe one of these days tho... you can never say

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gjones

They look pretty already😊

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

I tried years ago but not one show….seeds were off some international internet site…never again 😏

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joycemb

@richardspicer 7906 wonderful colour for winter.

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richard.spicer.7906

They certainly are Katy ☺️ - I’m guessing this is where they get their name from, as when the buds open the flowers are just white

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richard.spicer.7906

Can’t help but think this plant should have been a prop in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory 🏭 🍭….. morning all 👋🏼☕️

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joanboston

Proper candy cane colours!

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pelly

Oh wow. I've only had three or four flowers on mine and they appear to be finished now ❤🤍❤

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sharonhayden

What fun

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rosegardengirl

Wow! thats amazing

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juliesgarden

😂😂

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novicegardenlover

So pretty. #swirls

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Auricula

Amazing☺️

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gjones

These are so pretty😍

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lesliecole49

These are so cool

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hkyfvr

So awesome ♥️🤍♥️

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hebelover

Fab 🍭

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richard.spicer.7906

Popped into the tunnel this morning to take a peek, and things are coming alive… 😀 #oxalis #oxalis-versicolour #oxalisversicolour #candycanesorrel

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joanboston

Ooh soon be open!

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pelly

Fantastic. I’ve had a few flowers on mine for the first time and there are more coming. I absolutely adore them 🥰

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jacaranda

They look really interesting! I’ve never tried these. Are they easy to grow, Rich? 🤔😘

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

I tried to grow this from seed…..never seen it again.☹️ must try harder

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godfreye

They look really good Rich🤗

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Auricula

They look really healthy - yours are beautiful Jane @pelly

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pelly

Thanks Elise 🥰 @Auricula

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KariSamuel

Beautiful! Lovely to see you step into your tunnel!

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richard.spicer.7906

Fingers crossed Joan! 🤞🏼🙂 - so many more buds this year than last year @joanboston

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richard.spicer.7906

Oh that’s great news Jane, I remember you saying you had got some. They are lovely little things @pelly

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richard.spicer.7906

They are a fab little alpine plant Barbara. A lot of people have failed at them but I think if you treat them like an alpine and keep them away from summer wet then you are probably going to succeed- mine are planted in the bulb bed under the tunnel, no water after about May time, then restart watering again in August. Winter grower 👍🏼 @jacaranda

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richard.spicer.7906

Finally caught it open! #oxalis #oxalisversicolour #oxalis-versicolour #candycanesorrel

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pelly

Yay 🎉 I can’t wait to see mine in flower ❤️🤍❤️

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richard.spicer.7906

Fingers crossed Jane - how are yours doing at the moment, any more shoots appearing? @pelly

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pelly

Four at the moment and I'm not sure if there's another one on the way or if it's a tiny bit of moss 🤔

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richard.spicer.7906

Believe it or not it’s been two months and these have stayed exactly like this. They have not attempted to open at all yet. One has even fainted at the anticipation 🤭 #oxalis #oxalisversicolour #oxalis-versicolour #candycanesorrel

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emch

#curiouscases

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lesliecole49

Taking their sweet time aren't they?

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pelly

I ended up with three out of ten and no sign of flowers yet 🤔

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DeborahBanks

Fainted 😄

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s taken some time Jane, I discovered last weekend that they may have been opening earlier than I thought as they were open on Saturday but then closed shut again by the evening. I didn’t have any flowers in my first year so don’t lose hope with them - hopefully they will be good for you next year - keep it moist while leaves are green, then when they finally die back stop watering and keep it dry till august/September time when you can commence watering again 👍🏼 @pelly

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richard.spicer.7906

I think they were playing tricks on me Leslie, seems they open during the day when I’m not looking! 🤭🤨 caught them at the wkd @lesliecole49

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richard.spicer.7906

😂 lol, it eventually recovered but not without me leaning it on another leaf to hold it upright @DeborahBanks

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lesliecole49

I read they close at night

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pelly

That’s great, thanks for the advice Rich. Since my comment another seedling has appeared. It gives me hope that some more might appear. They are certainly keeping me guessing 🙄😂

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richard.spicer.7906

And first flowers! One here and two others just forming! 🍭 #oxalis #oxalisversicolour #oxalis-versicolour #candycanesorrel

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pelly

Wow, I’m so not jealous 🙄

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jeatacake

Wonderful 👍 I must admit that I'm very tempted by these.

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hebelover

Love the look of these ❤

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crabby58

Very pretty❤👍 @richard.spicer.7906

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columbiariver

I can see I need to have some of these to go with my plain old sorrel. Probably not available here. You really do have the best plants Rich 💚

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cowdenkyle

Looks great👍

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juliesgarden

Cute ☺️

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Please please let us see it when it’s open I failed with this a few years ago....

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richard.spicer.7906

Will do Elaine! Sounds like a few GT folk have tried to grow this but not been successful - I’m treating as an alpine but keeping it under cover to protect it from frosts @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Julie 🤗 @juliesgarden

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richard.spicer.7906

Cheers Kyle! 👍🏼 @cowdenkyle

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richard.spicer.7906

My newly created bulb beds in the polytunnel are really starting to come alive now. This oxalis is a winter grower and is coming back with more growth than last year, and seems to be liking its new home. #oxalis #oxalis-versicolour #oxalisversicolour #candycanesorrel

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pelly

I’ve got two now, yay 😂

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richard.spicer.7906

😄👏🏼👏🏼 @pelly

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richard.spicer.7906

The flowers of this Oxalis are very pretty, as the name suggests like bits of candy cane? 🍭 just peeking through the grit #oxalis #oxalis-versicolour #oxalisversicolour #candycanesorrel

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lesliecole49

These are so pretty, too bad they don't bloom at Christmas

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pelly

Tried and failed with these, must try again, they're so pretty 🍭🍭

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suerichards

They are such u unusual flowers 🤩

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richard.spicer.7906

Maybe next year Leslie. They should already be in flower by now but I got the bulb quite late so planted only a month ago. Keeping my fingers crossed we’ll see a flower this year although it was only a small bulb @lesliecole49

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richard.spicer.7906

Oh that’s a shame Jane - did you have them in a pot? They are growing them in terracotta pots in the alpine house at Wisley at the moment, not one probably for planting in the ground. Might be worth having another go in a pot in the greenhouse perhaps? @pelly

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richard.spicer.7906

Like little candy pieces Sue 🍭 @suerichards

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richard.spicer.7906

Will do Lin - not sure if it will produce a flower this year as it’s only small right now. But will keep my fingers crossed 🤞🏼 @linfoster

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pelly

They were in a planter outside Rich, so I’ll have a go in the greenhouse this time, thanks again for the advice 🙏👍

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