I’ve been following The #SixOnSaturday hashtag on Twitter for a while and this week I was inspired to write my own blog post for it. I’m going to try and get the plant scientific names right, but please don’t judge me if I’m not perfect.
My first plant is a red Kalanchoe blossfeldiana also known as flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe and Madagascar widow’s-thrill. This one has been grown from a cutting which I was given back in June. A tropical, succulent they are a perennial flowering plant from the Crassulaceae family.
My second plant is a variegated Tradescantia fluminensis lilac. I bought this last August from a garden centre as a tiny specimen. It has enjoyed living with me and I have taken several cuttings, growing them on so that now I have four pots of these plants.
My third plant is an African Violet or Saintpaulia. This one is purple and grown from a cutting. I also have some pale pink ones. I have grown several cuttings which I have given away as living gifts to family and friends.
Fourth plant today is this Christmas Flowering Cactus or Schlumbergera. Other names are Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, crab cactus and holiday cactus. I was fascinated to learn that in Brazil, the genus is referred to as Flor de Maio (May flower), which reflects the season that it flowers in the southern hemisphere.
The fifth plant is this pretty Begonia Heracleifolia or star begonia which is just coming into flower. It is from the Begoniaceae family, and I have discovered that it is native to Mexico and northern Central America. This is another one that I have grown from a cutting which I took last summer.
My sixth flower for today took me outside to the Winter Flowering Jasmine or Jasminum nudiflorum, a plant which is native to China. This one shares space with a summer flowering variety.
Thank you for joining me for my very first #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.