GPAP Revisited

Hoya (3)

It is always the same.  I start a task with great gusto and then gradually the enthusiasm fades.   What makes this far worse is that I shout about all the wonderful things I am going to do and then I have to confess that I was distracted.  So here goes, the Great Photo Archive Project has slipped behind schedule.  In truth there wasn’t actually a schedule so in that respect I am blameless. Perhaps I am being a little soft on myself.  I did say I was going to finish it before I go back to gardening in February.  This milestone has stopped creeping up on me and now broken into a gallop.  A little discipline is needed, it is time to knuckle down and have another look at what went before.   With only a slight sigh, and an unnatural urge to clean the oven, I have worked my way through another few files.  Which was quite lucky as on my travails I have found another photo for you to enjoy.  This is Hoya carnosa, the porcelainflower, belonging to the lovely Lavinia and Lionel.  Even little old me, with my dreadful sense of smell, was intoxicated with the heady scent that filled their conservatory when these nectar dripping flowers were blooming.  What is more Lav gave me a cutting so I could share the joy.  Lucky, lucky me!

19 thoughts on “GPAP Revisited

  1. Very apt common name, I thought at first glance it was a flower made of sugar paste and there were recipes to follow, however, this flower sounds much better. (I cleaned our oven yesterday, a gardeners January can be strangely busy).

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  2. I have a Hoya that was a gift from a fellow blogger. It has grown considerably but hasn’t bloomed so far. If that is what it looks like, I’m going to keep hoping. I use to love to decorate cakes and create fondant flowers. Like, Julie above, I really thought they were made out of fondant. So beautiful. 🙂

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  3. Told you so…
    Trying to find the right spot for our Hoya. It flowers quite regularly but doesn’t put on much growth. Used to have it in a shady spot in a bathroom, so perhaps conservatory (well overgrown porch) is not ideal.

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  4. One of the best house plants here, where the furnaces are blowing hot air all winter long. We have two of them (one variegated leaves); they grew to almost worrying proportions 🙂 (not for us)

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  5. Like you I hate those repetitive, rather boring tasks that just need to be done. Trouble is they only get longer if left. We have a mountain of old, and I mean old, printed photos from the pre-digital era, that we have to do something with. An urge to clean the oven, though – I agree that is somewhat unnatural!!

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  6. I’ve had my porcelainflower for more than 25 years and, for sentimental reasons, it is my most precious plant. It does well on top of a wardrobe, just around the corner from a South-facing window. Apparently, Hoya carnosa thrives on neglect: does anyone else recall Hoyas as office window flowers? They hadn’t seen a drop of water in weeks or months, had just a few sad yellowing leaves but were flowering like mad! I don’t manage that level of neglect myself (and I doubt it would be in the plants’ best interest 🙂 , but mine do bloom regularly and have wonderful shiny, dark green leaves (speckled silvery-white) to boost.

    In case your friends didn’t mention it (or you already know from elsewhere) : If the plant does bloom eventually, once they have faded do not snip off the “flower stalk” from which the individual flowers appeared. It will produce new buds from the same “stalk”/ spur many times in the future. Hope you will enjoy some soon!

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    • Thanks for this info, I am pleased to hear that they thrive on neglect as that is what they will get in our house. For some reason I am dreadful at looking after house plants. Look forward to blooms on my cuttings, fingers crossed. 🙂

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