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27th May 2012
Roscoea cautleyoides 'Early Yellow'
Am I the only one who forgets things, or is a necessary talent for a gardener? It has been a week of change and everything is different and new and slightly perplexing. And exactly the same as it was last year when it was different and new and slightly perplexing. Perhaps it is just me. Winter is a quiet season when nothing needs watering and summer is a frantic season when there isn't time for anything else. The change-over happened this week and I had forgotten what it was like. A couple of days without rain has me peering anxiously into water tanks and poking around in pots. I had forgotten about weeds as well. A fortnights warmth and a splash or rain last night and the Red Campion has turned into an unstoppable tide. Nothing for it but to enjoy the colour and wait for some spare time to appear.
Fortunately I had also forgotten how keen plants are to please. This Roscoea has popped up like a little puppy saying 'me,me,me...' and is delightful. It would also be drowning in pink but I got as far as this last month before something distracted me from the weeding. It might have been something important, but it was probably just something shiny. Fortunately I have forgotten.
All of the yellow forms of Roscoea cautleyoides look like this, there is very little variation in the shade of yellow but the flowering time varies. This is the first, and it can sometimes appear in April. In about a fortnight there will be another dozen or so names in flower (distinguishable only by reading the label) and then 'Last Emperor' will appear in August. When I bought 'Vanilla' I had hoped for something a bit paler, but it wasn't to be. It doesn't seem to be scented either, so I assume it is another case of someone confusing 'vanilla' with 'plain'.
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