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21st June 2009

Arisaema candidissimum White flowered .
Dawn of the summer solstice should really have seen me dancing round the meadow with flowers in my hair. Didn't happen. No hair!
Last week the flowers on this Arisaema were tiny twisted things like wrinkly bubbles of used chewing gum sticking out of the ground. This week the warmth has inflated them. The white flowered form is a recent introduction - the pink one is in flower as well, and I should make sure I pollinate them. Some fresh seed would be very welcome.
I grow three clones of Arisaema candidissimum , but so far the scented form and the yellow flowered form have eluded me. Always nice to have something to look for!
In the background I mowed the meadow. It isn't as enchanting as dancing round it in the dawn, but it needed doing. Too much ride-on enthusiasm has left me with a thick mulch of hay and a backache.

21st June 2009

Cornus 'Norman Haddon' .
Blue skies are the perfect backdrop for this Cornus. It has been spectacular for the last 20 years, but it is now getting rather hemmed in by the surrounding vegetation. Now the meadow has been mowed I have a couple of months to get in and clear out a few other shrubs and give it some more space. By october I have to be off the meadow again before the daffodils appear, so it is a short opportunity for maintenance.
The flowers start pale lime green and become softer and creamier as they expand fully. In their latter stages they develop pink tinges and then they are followed in autumn by large red fruits. I have raised a few seedlings from it, but so far nothing as good as the parent.

21st June 2009

Epiphyllum 'Friendship' .
Down in the greenhouse this Epiphyllum is either sublime or ridiculous, and I'm not quite sure which. The flowers are enormous. In an attempt to keep up with the times I measured this one at 26cm (but then turned the ruler over to check that it was really 10 inches).
There are a couple of other cultivars in flower at the moment but this is the outstanding one. I wanted it to have a delicious scent that would waft around the greenhouse (in the same way that Lilium regale is at the moment) but it hasn't. I took a deep breath of something that I recognised but can't quite put a finger on yet. Unfortunately, I will eventually remember the lavatory cleaning product concerned.
On balance, I think ridiculous.

21st June 2009

Iris ensata 'Queens Tiara' .
I have a mass of buds on the Iris ensata forms but only a few flowers. Dry warm weather over the last week has been welcome, but things are drying out very fast, and shortly the Iris are going to need watering (and after that, the Hemerocallis and Crocosmia). A nice thunderstorm would be just the thing!
I am planning to build a flood bed to grow them in but levelling the ground and laying concrete and all the rest of the nonsense will have to wait until I feel like I am on top of things, and time is flying too fast for that to happen!

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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