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14th March 2010

Eranthis hyemalis .
I have been trying to establish Eranthis in the garden for several years. I started with dry tubers, which I bury and never see again, so more recently I have been planting them from pots when in full growth. This has been marginally more successful but is still have a very low establishment rate. I have tried them in light shade, deep shade, no shade and I have tried keeping them indefinitely in pots, but in a strange twist of taxonomic fate, by spring they are always pushing up daisies!
This is one of the very rare re-appearances. I cleared some pine trees and let a lot more light into the Hellebore beds last year, and in the space a single winter aconite has managed to survive. If I still have it next year, I may plant a few companions for it.

14th March 2010

Galanthus 'Tiny Tim' .
The snowdrop season is melting slowly into the warm weather, but the last few late flowers are still making a show. I have had this one for five years now, and it has bulked up well and is especially good with the low sun shining through it. It is a fairly ordinary (but late) form of G.nivalis that is especially neat because of its short stature.
Most of the G.plicatus forms are still in flower but most of the others are looking a bit tired and starting to set seed pods.

14th March 2010

Hepatica nobilis japonica Mauve Form .
A very striking colour. This is the first time it has flowered this well. I always end up keeping them too dry in the winter, and they always show their disapproval by flowering weakly and erratically but from time to time things work out well.
I think I will only solve the cultural problems when I build a greenhouse specifically for them, but with the Hellebores still being pushed from pillar to post because I don't have enough spare space, I think the Hepatica will have to hang on for another year at least.

14th March 2010

Heloniopsis orientalis Korean Form .
The pink form of Helionopsis orientalis is a great little plant for the spring, so this lilac flowered form from Korea makes a great addition to the garden. I am currently working on version 7 of "how not to kill herbaceous plants in Cornwall" and if I have the problems solved then some of the Heloniopsis will be given a chance to prosper outside their pots. I am confident of version 7. (I was confident of version 6, as I was of version 5, ..... so don't hold your breath).

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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