My Auricula Obsession

8 May

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I’m not sure what sparked my interest in Auriculas, I just woke up one morning with an urgent need to find somewhere to put an auricula theatre ! To be fair, once I was well on the way to creating my display, I realised that practically every magazine I had glimpsed at over the last month or so, had had a feature on Auriculas. So it must have been something subliminal !

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I was not aspiring to the display of all displays at Calke Abbey which is 19ft x 9ft and holds over 200 different plants ! but something on  a simpler scale. So I set about looking for an old set of shelves to adapt. A quick visit to the Antiques Fair at Newark ( a must for anyone who loves sifting through other peoples junk !) and I acquired a sturdy pair of blue painted shelves for only £10.

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A coat of matt black paint and I was ready to hang it on a bare wall outside my kitchen window.

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I ordered a small starter collection of Auricula from Wootens of Wenhaston as with hundreds of different varieties I knew I’d never be able to narrow it down to just six !

The ones I received were beautifully packaged and in perfect condition – in fact they all were in flower, which I wasn’t expecting , so I was able to see straight away which varieties I had.

Gold Centred Red – Amicable

Light centred Blue – Miriam

Gold centred Red – Sirbol

Gold centred Dark Red and Burnt Orange – Rodeo

Light centred pale pink – Alicia

Gold centred pale pink – Paleface

With this starter set I can now aspire to growing doubles, ‘edged’ varieties and striped varieties. I especially love the green edged varieties so will be looking out for one of those next year.

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I’m told they are fairly easy to look after – loam based compost, free draining, moist in spring and summer but not over the winter and shelter from bright sun.

Hopefully this time next year they will still be looking as splendid !

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