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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

This summer I have mostly been growing...

 Gloriosa rothschildiana

This summer I have been growing a few new things. My favourite has to be the Gloriosa rothschildiana. It is a rather unusual climbing member of the lily family, native to South Africa. Earlier in the year I was delighted to spot a tuber for sale in the local garden centre, I quickly snapped it up and took it home. I planted the tuber about three inches deep in a pot and gave it pride of place on the windowsil. We have watched with great delight as each glossy green leaf shot up with intricate curled tendils at every tip, then as clusters of buds appeared and exquisite flowers started to unfurl to form bright and exotic flowers of red and yellow.

The other new thing I have been growing this summer is...... a baby!!! Yes it was with great joy earlier this summer that I discovered that I am expecting my first child. Sadly I have been plagued with horrendous morning (noon and night) sickness and severe fatigue which has meant that I have had no energy for blogging. So many apologies to my regular followers for the lack of blog posts over the last month or so. I hope very much to be feeling better soon (fingers crossed) but I'm afraid posts may be a little sporadic for the next few months.

  A new shoot!

RO xxx

50 comments:

Cyndy said...

Oh my oh my oh my! Two glorious images! Wonderful!

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Wonderful, both the Gloriosa rothschildiana and especially the new shoot
K

Edith Hope said...

Dear RO, What excitement. I have missed your glorious postings but now understand that rather more life enhancing events have taken pride of place. I do wish you a safe delivery and all happiness with your baby. Glorious indeed, just as the climber!!

Bernie said...

Oh congratulations ... what wonderful news! I hope all goes well from now on ... keep looking after yourself!

Your Gloriosa lily is lovely too! Pales into insignificance with the second gorgeous image though!!!

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Oh RO, I am so, so happy for you!!! What a lovely new treasure in your life. Take good care of yourself.
Deborah xo

Antique ART Garden said...

Big congratulations ! I had morning-night sickness with all 4 of my pregnancies. Extreme fatigue also. Make sure you always have something in your stomach every 3 hours, to help abate it. Take naps as often as you can , and still go out for walks or other exercise . By the 4-5th month, you will get a little better , until you get whammied by the 8th and 9 th months ! Bless you, take care, Gina

Belinda said...

You never need apologise for feeling tired etc when preggers - your body is so busy and that little babe needs you to look after yourself! I felt so terrible with my fouth I didn't leave the house for a few weeks!! I could hardly move I felt so ill, he is now a fabulous and healthy 7 year old.

So, I have really enjoyed discovering your lovely blog recently but quite understand if we don't hear from you for a while. Take lots of care, hopefully you will feel better soon. Congratulations!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

ohh how lovely, congrats on your little bump. I used to feel sick through most of my pregnancies and put a lot of it down to tiredness. I found that flat lemonade, ginger biccies and plenty of rest helps a little. Also I never let myself get hungry as that used to really make me feel ill.

Hope the sickness goes off soon for you so you can enjoy bump when it starts kicking etc.

Amy said...

I loved your post and that is very exciting news! I hope you start feeling better and have more energy. What a fun and exciting time in your life! :)

leavesnbloom said...

RO I have missed you too but I am overjoyed to read about your good news. I hope your sickness subsides soon and that you start to blossom just like that glorious lily. I remember that debilitating tiredness aswell but it soon passes.

So good to see little junior already.

Rosie xxx

PatioPatch said...

Hello RO - no news is good news and so it is! Have missed your posts and now I know why you have been keeping Mum!. All the best to you and your new shoot

Laura

p.s. Your lily is lovely too - have only ever seen them at Kew.

The Idiot Gardener said...

I recently read that the lily is edible, which has made me slightly more interested in them.

I do believe that children are edible too. I learned that from a troll that lives under the bridge.

Rothschild Orchid said...

Oh my what have you been reading Idiot? lol! I believe that every part of the Gloriosa rothschildiana plant including the root is considered very toxic so for heavens sake don't go eating it! And as for trolls I'm not sure you should believe all they tell you either!

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and wishes XXX

Scented sweetpeas I too get very sick if I feel hungry. It is most vexing, I eat -I get sick, I don't eat and I still feel sick! I have been finding ginger cordial very good though.

Here's hoping I don't stay a vomiting zombie for too much longer!

RO xxx

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

The first image is beautiful, and the second is oh so precious!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!
For morning sickness, did you try sunflower seeds?
Take care,
Hugs,
Tatyana

VP said...

Fantastic news RO congratulations! I'd been wondering what you'd been up to lately and now I now.

So glad there's some good things happening for you at last :)

xx

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I'm with Tatyana, the second image is simply priceless! Congratulations! A new little gardener!

BilboWaggins said...

Many congratulations. As the closest I ever got to motherhood was the wonderful Mr Hairy Four Paws I can offer no sensible advice at all, but as long as you are happy that is all that matters.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What wonderful news, congrats. We are so looking forward to seeing the new version of RO.

A baby, how wonderful!

Jen

debsgarden said...

Congratulations! My heart melted when I saw the ultrasound. Take good care of yourself. I taught childbirth classes for over twenty years, so if you have any questions your doctor, family, or friends haven't already answered with sufficient detail, please feel free to contact mer!

The Lily is fabulous, truly the prettiest form of lily, I think.

Michael B. Gordon said...

RO,
Congratulations!!! That is very exciting news. We will all be excited to watch the new shoots development! All the best.

Andi's English Attic said...

What wonderful news. You get your rest. We'll be here whenever you return. xx

Carol said...

Congratulations RO! What a fabulous post... I love how you introduced your new baby and how wonderful to see your growing baby blossom. I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy now that the blahs have passed. Joyous news! ;>)

blake said...

Congratulations!! I hope that the rest of your pregnancy is easy and peaceful! I am also a mom and gardener, and can attest that seeing a little one grow up amongst blossoms and homegrown edibles is a true delight. Best wishes to you!

freerangegirl said...

Congratulations - what fantastic news. I too had awful morning sickness for first 3/4 months - i found a ginger beer and a lay down helped - wherever I was! Hope yours passes soon and you can get on with enjoying your pregnancy - bestwishesx

East Sussex Girl said...

Delighted to hear the news about the baby, and love your blog and gorgeous photos - have missed them recently. Hang on in there, I too had dreadful sickness for months, but it does eventually go - try oatcakes, they helped me, also won tun soup! It's worth it in the end when you get your beautiful baby..

Look forward to more news over the coming months. Take care and rest up till you feel better.

East Sussex Girl said...

PS heard of two more new pregnancies today by chance, one is my sister-in-law, her second baby is due 31st March, and the other is Emma in the Archers!! Must be something in the air.....

Lesley said...

Fab to see the Gloriosa, which I have not grown for many years. Also to hear and see your wonderful news.
Congrats.
Going to be lucky child with such family!
Best
R

Anna said...

What wonderful news RO - I thought that you had been quiet of late :) You must be over the moon with happiness. Hope that the sickness is soon behind you and that you blossom. Take care.

joey said...

You are so blessed, RO, and may the seed planted fill your heart with lasting joy :)

ossamenta said...

Congratulations! That's awesome news! I hope that the sickness period will disappear soon and that the rest of your pregnancy will run smoothly. Best wishes to the two of you in the future!
Hugs,
Lena

Denise said...

I have missed your posts, just discovering your blog not long ago. Hoping you feel well enough to post again soon to let your readers know how you're doing. And congratulations!

Bangchik said...

Great news.... congratulations! ~bangchik

hazeltree said...

wonderful news!

jeansgarden said...

RO, Congratulations on your coming new little gardener! I hope you get past the morning (all day) sickness stage soon. -Jean

Britta said...

Dear RO,
so happy that you are getting a baby! The fatigue will go - (morning sickness I never had) - just keep everything going slowly, enjoy the time of feeling grow somebody lovely in you - how much more can one be a real life gardener?
All the luck to you Britta

catharine Howard said...

I WANT that plant - your namesake, of course!

Stone Art said...

congratulations!

Alice Joyce said...

Dearest RO
Here I was about to gush and make noise over such a lavish flower!
But your other 'bit' of news is so very exciting.
Feel well, and please accept a very big cyber-bear-hug from me to you.
xoxo

T Gilmore said...

Congrats on the little one. You must be so excited. You've always been broody whilst I've known you. I'm wishing you all the best, and looking forward to meeting the little one and catching up with you at some point. It's been too long!

Tx

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Congratulations to you! I had my first child at age 31...and my second at 39--(almost) 40...so there's still time for another in a couple of years;=) Despite any accomplishments I made during my life, my children are my greatest blessing...and I think you will feel the same way! Hope you are feeling much better soon.

Meredehuit ♥ said...

I've been missing you and went on a hunt to find you... what delightful surprise and how wonderful for you. Hope all is well!

Esther Montgomery said...

Very beautiful flower. When the screen came up I thought it might be some kind of honeysuckle.

And in the ultra-sound . . . one can see a person! (Sometimes one has to nod wisely and stretch one's imagination.) Hope all goes well.

Feel better soon.

Exciting times!

Esther

Anonymous said...

Haven't dropped by to your blog pages for ages and then get a lovely surprise. Many congratulations on your new dimension of 'growing your own'. Here's hoping that you are still able to find time to enthral us with your garden tales, but most of all enjoy every moment of being a mum. Pauline aka grandcottagegardener

Kathleen said...

I'm oh so envious of your beautiful gloriosa lilies. I've tried two years in a row now to grow them and failed. At least this year my little tuber got six inches tall before it bit the dust. It is interesting how they have tendrils at the end of each leaf. Maybe someday I will figure out the trick and get some gorgeous flowers like you have.
Also BIG congrats on your new little one. Very exciting indeed. Hope you are feeling better now too.

leavesnbloom said...

RO I'm just checking in to say hello and to let you know that I've been thinking of you and wondering how you've been keeping. I hope the sickness has lessened for you and that you are starting to blossom.

Rosie xx

Andrea said...

Congratulations, RO. As the Rotschildiana is flourishing, the baby is flourishing too, and the expectant mother as well. In due time you will be well. Be happy, happy and happy, hehehe. again, congratulations!

Flowerpot said...

God Bless your little one ! love Debbie x

michelle78 said...

Congratulations RO on the baby bump. Always good to have a new seedling in the mix, hope its all going well. Lovely to see your blog photos from the summer. Looking forward to seeing the Keith Wiley ones (v jealous!).

Hope you and Stilton and Titch (my favourite) are well.

Mich xxx

Nutty Gnome said...

It's been a while since I popped in to visit, but what a lovely surprise! Many, many congratulations and I hope your day-long sickness soon receeds and you both start to blossom! :)

Lucy Corrander said...

Think of you from time to time and wonder how things are going. I expect many of us would like it if you wrote a mini-post to say how you are.

I’ve now used all the allotted space for photos on Pictures Just Pictures and have started a new blog so I can carry on. It’s called

Message in a Milk Bottle
http://messageinamilkbottle.blogspot.com/

I’ve given it a different look but its purpose is unchanged - a photo a day.

Lucy