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... out in the garden.

A wondeful mellow sunny afternoon, of the sort that can only happen if the forecast has been for torrential rain. I have been transfixed in the sunlight all day like a fly trapped in amber. Thunder and lightening at night set off my neighbours chickens. There is nothing like the sound of frightened chickens in the dark to underline the cosy perfection of life. I have played with my gingers, eaten chocolate cake and had a long bath. All I need to do now is have a fight with a rent boy about persimmons and it will have been perfect!

1st October 2006

Tricyrtis nana 'Karasuba' .
A tiny little Toad Lily with dark purple foliage sheltering large lemon flowers. I got it from Andrew Lovell at Ad Hoc Plants, and it has opened this morning. It is a wonderful little thing from Japan.

1st October 2006

Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk' (Blue) .
I have just bought this, and I love the rich blue purple flowers. Grown by Blooms Wholesale, there were three distinctly different plants growing under the same name, which is unfortunate. Naturally, I had to have them all. This one is (Blue), there is another (Pink) and the last one had some extra segments in the narrow petalled blue flower (Double). I have no ideas which of them is properly 'Taipei Silk' - I suspect it is (Pink) from the picture on the label. It is a brand new introduction and already the name is confused. No wonder there are problems with the naming of Toad Lilies!

1st October 2006

Strobilanthes dyerianus 'Persian Shield' .
I can't resist showing a picture of this marvellous leaved plant. Grown as a bedding plant, and not hardy, I may not have it by next year. I am going to try it in the conservatory, but it is a real heat lover. A strange plant that you don't see very often - I last grew it when I was 15! The colour is just too fabulous for words.

1st October 2006

Hedychium 'Tai Sunlight' .
I can't resist the chance to show off 'Tai Sunlight'. It grew long and leggy last year in the conservatory, but this year it has prospered in the greenhouse and produced two flower spikes. I have a couple of other hybrids from Doyle Smittle coming into flower this year, so the new greenhouse is a success (even if it is a foot too short).

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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