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bad day at work ?

Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:35 pm

i am very fortunate to have a nice work environment and my own office with huge south facing windows for over-wintering my tropicals (they are at home in spring/summer/fall)

but still, when i am having a crappy day, i simply have to turn around and smile...

my current summer display, 2 hoyas (thanks leo !) and tiny ferns












not sure how i feel about the stone stand, but i was just grabbing what i had on hand...
if there is any imbalance, it does not transfer to me when i look at it...



and one of the hoyas has a couple flowers ready to POP (i hope)



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Post  kevin stoeveken on Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:30 pm

per leo's request here is a pic of a fully opened hoya (H. heuschkeliana) flower on the above plant



this is actually the 2nd one it produced...
according to leo, this is as far as they open after which they fall off
(which happened to the 1st one, but i didnt know that and it took me by surprise)

very tiny cluster - maybe 1/2" across

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Post  Leo Schordje on Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:39 pm

Glad you posted the flower, Hoya heuschkeliana is not very common Hoya, and it is one of the smaller growing hoyas. It is unique as it has many traits similar to the related genus of Dischidia. But its flowers are much bigger than Dischidia, which given how small these are means the only reason to grow a Dischidia is if you like the foliage - in Dischidia the flowers are really small.

This is an old world tropical genus related to the Milkweeds. All Asclepiads (Milkweed family) have interesting complex structured flowers, really fascinating if you can get in there and see the internal structure. I am more fond of the larger flowered hoyas, they often have fairly strong fragrances, the majority are quite pleasant. Main reason to grow most Hoya are the interesting leaves. This one is pleasant. Glad you enjoy it.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:46 pm

yes i do dig it... hopefully the lacunosa eventually makes flowers that might be a bit bigger

funny you mention the milkweed as in the past 2 years some have been springing up in my front yard and the flowers are amazingly complex and the fragrance is heavenly... almost like lilac on steroids... i can now understand why they are related...

i think leo needs a nickname (other than the mad botanist)
maybe "La Fuente" !!!
as in "The Fountain" (of knowledge)  Very Happy 

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