April 2022

Started by Martin Bohnet, April 02, 2022, 04:26:16 AM

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Martin Bohnet

Trilliums totally hate me - forget about "they need time to establish" etc. not a chance. They diminish over 3 years and than do not return. multiple times, multiple species.

Inline pictures can be scaled by adding the width= parameter - see hints & tips, but yes, I really seem to prefer the attachment version with the thumb. There is an older plugin allowing for inline Thumbs, but I don't think it works with 2.1 (yet?)

I surely can understand why people get totally frizzy about tulips. Next is Pleione 'Red Colobus', the first one in my collection I really find to be believable red. Nr 3 is Helonias bullata
Height: 10-30 cm (0.3-1 ft)
Flower Colors: pink
Flower Season: mid spring
Life form: evergreen rhizome
, the first thing to flower in the bog in spring - unfortunatelly before the bog looks somewhat nice - the dry spell we're experiencing leaves the spahgnum dry and ugly.

Last one is definitely a bamboo iris - Crûg Farm identified it as Iris wattii
, it could also be Iris confusa
in my opinion, but definitely not Iris japonica
. Anyway, I nearly would have missed the flower - I took it out of hibernation quarters 3 days ago and hadn't noticed the buds before.
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)


Tulipa ferganica
Arnold T.
North East USA

Martin Bohnet

Once upon a time, there was a bleeding heart surrounded by 3 tiny Iris foetidissima
seedlings. I wonder if it will survive another season.
Geranium tuberosum
is actually something I bought to fill in the missing wiki images. But I guess I like it, a very welcome early appearance of that flower shape. Fun fact: the autoscale-images of this forum are of ideal size to add them to the wiki. I doubt that's a coincidence -  I chose the parameters accordingly  ;)
Drought and relative heat will surely not help to prolong the flowering time of Sanguinaria canadensis
. I guess I'll have to divide it again soon, it already collides with the Paradisea.
Melasphaerula graminea
had taken some frost damage as I was too confident with leaving it outside some time in February - still, the "monocot version of baby's breath" flowers as if nothing had happened.
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)


Boophone disticha in bud.B8C20214-46D6-4CE0-BDCA-BFA883821150.jpg


Martin I have a question or two. Please feel free to move this if this is the wrong location to ask a question. When I try to attach a file and hit the 'take photo' it goes to my camera but no image. I am using an iPhone XR. Also when I post a single picture it fills the screen. Multiple pictures I get thumbnails. How do I get thumbnails all the time? 

Martin Bohnet

I'm afraid @Rdevries is our phone specialist, I really hate those things, they are doing too much on their own, just "thinking" what I might want - and they're bad at that.

 At least for big or thumbs I can say that depends wether it is included via the [attach id=xxx]name[/attach]command - you can see the bbc-sourcecode when toggling the text editor to source view - last Icon in the Icon bar. Things that are not included that way end up as Thumb below.

Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)


KenP you are in better shape than I. I only get expandable thumbnails regardless of how many snaps i attach. I would take picture first, edit if needed,  than attach from photo library. 
Latitude: +36.99028 (36°59'25.008"N)
Insolation: 5.85 to 1.64 kWh/m2/day

David Pilling

I think stick to thumbnail photos at the end, which expand when clicked. But if you want a large image, then it has to be inserted in the text of your message.

When you upload an image the necessary code appears alongside it.

Typical example:

[attach id=634]henricii2.jpg[/attach]

You can copy and paste it into the text.

And a button "Insert" appears, and clicking it will insert the image at the edit point in the text.

There are also options to control the size of the image - in pixels.


Resnova magaphylla
Arnold T.
North East USA

Martin Bohnet

Still some days to go in April, and over the first half of the Week we finally got the long-missed rain in Germany...

Potted Gladiolus splendens
Flower Colors: red
Climate: winter rain climate
actually is in flower for quite a while now, but now outdoor Gladiolus tristis
Height: 45-80 cm (1.5-2.6 ft)
Flower Colors: white, yellow
Flower Season: early spring to mid spring
Life form: deciduous corm
Climate: winter rain climate, USDA Zone 8-9
has at least proven that it not only survived the massive frost damage of Winter 20/21, but still is able to flower, though with a maximum of 3 flowers per stalk - this one bowed down towards Orchis mascula
Height: 45-60 cm (1.5-2 ft)
Flower Colors: pink, purple
Flower Season: late spring to early summer
Life form:  tuber
I mentioned earlier on.

Not far from the two, also at the warm south wall is Iris hoogiana 'Hippolyta', first season in open ground but doing quite well - Source isn't sure if this at least partly is more of a Iris stolonifera
- a definitely identified I. stolonifera next to it has also survived winter and grown but does not seem to want to flower this year.

Don't forget the small gems - Acis nicaeensis
Height: 10-20 cm (3.9-7.9 inch)
Flower Colors: white
Flower Season: mid spring
will be overlooked by 95% of visitors, I enjoy it anyway.
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)


My swamp pink (Helonias bullata) and a desert orchid (Eulophia petersii).

Martin Bohnet

OK, April leaves us gray&cold, and still with too little rain...

The color changer tulips don't seem to have such a big effect this year, maybe they had gotten darker with a little more friendly weather... 8 days between the pictures.

Next are two rather different Muscari, united in the struggle against an agressive strawberry I allowed to escape from a pot - you always want to pull them for their weediness, but it would be a shame before the fruit is ripe, don't you think? to make it worse, it's an all year variety, they have fruit for months...

Last but not least is Sparaxis bulbifera
- at least one thing that shines...
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)


Last of the year for Lachenalias. Lachenalia nervosa.  Wonderfully spice scented
Arnold T.
North East USA