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Dipladenia Sanderi "Sundaville Red"

 Blog  •  Published on: 31 Jul 2016

Yesterday, we went to the local "specialist" garden store to find the necessary equipment to keep 'Bob', the phalaenopsis Orchid from keeling over and dying, after spending a week in potting soil. :O Thankfully, he's a brave boy and didn't seem unduly worried that his new owners tried to suffocate him, and took to his new clear pot, and orchid mix like a trooper, not losing even one of his bright pink moth-like flowers in a temper. 

While at the garden store, a beautiful, deep red flowering vine caught my eye and I just had to have it. While I love all shades of purple, the deep red trumpet shaped flowers looked so beautiful, and matched the red wall in my sitting room. :D Thankfully, although a climbing/creeping vine, the Dipladenia Sanderi can also be kept as a houseplant, which is what I'm going to do. My track record with climbing vines is not great and I don't intend to go through 3-4 Dipladenia before I get it right. So into a large pot it will go with a climbing frame to keep it happy and plenty (but not too much) of tlc to make sure it thrives and doesn't die. The variety I have is called "Sundaville Red", which sounds a bit too much like Sunderland for my liking, but the big guy is happy. He had intended it to cover the metal framework on the patio in places where the Clematis and Passionflower don't, but having discovered that it is not hardy and hates winter is happy to allow it to live indoors when it gets cold. He's already looking for a purple vine to mix with the Clematis and Passionflower.


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