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6th July 2014

Rosa 'Toby Tristram'
In the garden the languid days of summer have arrived. In my head the languid days of summer have arrived. Unfortunately the body has been slower to catch on and continues to try and rush at things that would be better watched from a hammock in the company of a glass of elderflower cordial.
Rain from the Atlantic arrived at the perfect moment. Impatiens tinctoria was looking slightly droopy in front of the house when I got home on Friday night but by saturday morning it was looking perky again. Rosa 'Toby Tristram' marauds along the bank behind the house. The long stems are reaching up into a Eucalyptus and seem to be pulling it slowly to the ground. The truth is much simpler, the Eucalyptus fell over in the winter gales and the rose is simply taking advantage.
The pricky growth is filled with pale scented flowers and the pale scented flowers are filled with bumblebees. It is a cascade of wonder for a couple of weeks, and on saturday morning it was a cascade of cold raindrops as I opened the back door. I made one of those little noises that I usually reserve for knocking over cups of tea. Lets pretend I was shrieking with delight and it had nothing to do with the shower of chilled rose water.

6th July 2014

Deuterocohnia longipetala
In my head the summer has come and I have adapted to the new pace of life. I can sit back and watch as the world slowly passes by. At least I can everywhere except the car. I still expect to be able to get into the car and drive to my destination. It is perfectly reasonable that during the summertime in Cornwall things are a little more complicated. Driving to Penzance on friday I managed to extend my usage of the language by schreeching at someone "You Thistle!". They weren't even being unreasonable, simply trying to drive the wrong way up a dual carriageway or indicating left and then turning right. Just the traditional holiday passtimes in the county. It was what I said but I got a very perplexed look. What I meant was they were a pain in the arse.
Somehow that brings me to Deuterocohnia longipetala which has been producing a long flower stem since October, arching over the path in the Agave house. I have to move it aside every time I go by and I was certain it would break before the flowers opened. Fortunately it is tougher than expected. The green flowers are a thrill at the moment and they fade very quickly which is fortunate, before the moment passes.

6th July 2014

Hemerocallis 'Black Magic'
Part of the calm attitude of summer comes from the acceptance of the jobs that didn't get finished (or in some cases, started). I weeded about a third of the herbaceous border in March and then ran out of time. I had a long list of clever re-organisations to try and none of them happened. There is always next winter.
I also managed to rescue about half of the Hemerocallis collection from the protective arms of some brambles. They are having a better year for being able to see some sunlight. The other half of the collection will have to wait until it is cool enough to put on protective clothing again.
'Black Magic' is distinctive enough to be identifiable even once the label has become illegible (which has been a problem among the big clumps in the herbaceous border). For a few weeks it will scatter dark stars about and then relax back into decent foliage. I'm still looking for suitable companions to take over in August when it finishes. I tried a few Clematis thinking that I might pull the stems forward over the Hems in a tasteful way. It might still happen, but I can feel the sputtering laughter of ridiculous ideas building inside me.

6th July 2014

Disa tripetaloides
Unfortunately there is always the gap between a good idea and the reality on the ground (or in this case, in the greenhouse). I bought my plant of Disa tripetaloides from Julian Sutton at Desirable Plants and it has been a charming and vigorous orchid with small white flowers. I have raised a few similar hybrids from seed, most notably a legion of Disa Trata that are slightly creamy white (but definately not yellow). They are all slightly different without any of them being distinctive.
I was immediately attracted when I saw plants of D. tripetaloides Pink Strain for sale at an orchid show. The vendor had raised the seedlings from a pink tinged parent and was expecting pink tinged progeny but made no promises. It flowered last week, the pure white flowers given a cool glow by the pure green stems. It should be a warning to me never to spend large sums of money on small variations, but it isn't a warning I am likely to heed.
It seems that the universe is as fond of laughing at me as I am at it. This is my original plant, just opened and much pinker than I remembered so I have both forms despite my best attempts to obtain both forms. Too soft to be a thistle.

Acorus Alocasia Anemone Arisaema Arum Asarum Aspidistra Begonia Bromeliads Camellia
Carnivorous Cautleya Chirita Chlorophytum Clivia Colocasia Crocosmia Dionaea Drosera Epimedium
Eucomis Fuchsia Galanthus Hedychium Helleborus Hemerocallis Hepatica Hosta Impatiens Iris
Liriope Ophiopogon Pinguicula Polygonatum Ranunculus ficaria Rhodohypoxis Rohdea Roscoea Sansevieria Sarracenia
Scilla Sempervivum Tricyrtis Tulbaghia Utricularia Viola odorata Watsonia

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