yes, a poor summer, but finally some blooms :)
It's been miserable here 2 miles from the ocean, overcast mornings, cool days, Sept temps closer to Oct/Nov averages. Mildew on all my plants all summer, stunted flowers and leaves, lot's of aborted inflo's. The only reliable bloomer has been my Thornton's Lemon drop.
However, going into late August and now in early Sept I have a couple of good bloomers, and some finally showing some inflo's growing, but unclear if those inflo's will mature before winter chill sets in. Any so cal locals with possible odds on the inflo's blooming before Dec? The first two inflo's are Thai Splash, languishing for a coupe of month's but finally showimg some energy the past few weeks.
Thornton's Lemon Drop, today (been blooming since June):
J105, yesterday and today:
What I think is "J4", bought 2 3 years ago from Thailand via ebay, one was sold as "Multiple Gold" and the other as "J4" but I'm guessing the J4 is right (the pictures are of one larger plant with a smaller one righy next to it). Very stocky almost stunted growth on both, but tons of bloom now:
Inflo's on what I'm told is an Irma5, another Thai ebay purchase from 3 years ago, arrived dried out, barely rooted by Sept in 2008, rotted from the ground that winter, had to cut it in half and reroot in 2009 (again took until Sept to leaf ott) and finally now in 2010 is taking off and these inflos popped up about three weeks ago: