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21st January 2007

Iris 'George' .
One of the standard Iris reticulata hybrids, and a fantastic splash of warm purple for the very start of the year. A splendid rich purple explosion among the cool and wintery colours that surround it.

21st January 2007

Iris 'Cantab' .
A really beautiful blue flowered Iris reticulata hybrid. A delight in a pot, but all of these hybrids are rather prone to attack by slugs, birds, Griffins, Gorgons, that sort of thing. A little bit of protection pays dividends. The failure to do so means that there will probably be no pictures of 'Katharine Hodgkin' in flower this year. I think it was probably Gorgons.

21st January 2007

Lycopodium .
I have no idea of the species. I have been looking for a Lycopodium to try for a couple of years now (just part of my mossy obsession, don't worry about it!) Everybody tells me they are problematic to propagate. Certainly, I have only managed to locate one potentail supplier, though I have yet to locate an available plant!
Then, quite by chance, I ran into these shoots for sale at a local aquatic centre for use in aquaria (where I am certain they will die promptly). I bought three bunches of cuttings for a matter of pennies, and though I doubt that I will be able to root or grow them, it was too good an opportunity to miss. I have enough to try in a variety of locations, so I might strike lucky.

21st January 2007

Dahlia tenuicaulis .
I watched Dahlia tenuicaulis all through last summer, slowly getting taller and taller, but not producing any flower buds. In November, after a slight frosting, I moved it into the cold greenhouse to protect it from the worst of winter, and cursed under my breath because the tiny flower buds were just visible. Astonishingly, the mild weather has allowed them to continue to develop , and althoughg they are slightly malformed and showing some damage, I am so pleased to see them that I am going to show the world!

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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