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19th August 2007

Hymenocallis festalis .
I have been a little taken with Hymenocallis lately - it helps that a few new ones have been available from bulb merchants in the last couple of years, and I inherited a tropical one after a friends house move. I even went as far as buying H.liriosme and H.pygmaea from the USA. Along with the bulbs came advice to keep them wet while growing. They are called Swamp Lilies for good reason. It seems to have paid off. I have grown H.festalis on and off for many years but it has never prospered as well as it does now standing in water. Crinum have been benefiting from the same advice.

19th August 2007

Roscoea purpurea 'Red Gurkha' .
It would be impossible to have this fantastic flower in the garden and not show it here. The most astonishing colour. It is worth mentioning Jill Cowley's new monograph on Roscoea, published by Kew. Next time I update the Roscoea pages, you will see some slight modifications to the names (nothing too revolutionary, just some tidying up of loose ends). I had heard that this form didn't come true to colour when grown from seed, but since I can't get it to set seed it's (pardon the pun) academic!

19th August 2007

Gladiolus papilio 'Yellow Form' .
This is a very shy and subtle, even for a species Gladiolus. I enjoy it no end, even though I have some reservations about its identity. It flowers at a different time to G.papilio, has different colour and shape flowers, and doesn't spread and divide in the same way (wish it did). Another one of those things where I will stumble across a picture one day, and finally know what it is I am growing.

19th August 2007


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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