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17th March 2007

Helleborus x hybridus .
I have droned on about Hellebores all season. It has just been a Hellebore year. My apologies if I have been Helleboring. At the risk of causing offence, I have been smugger than a fat bloke with a cake (and I have one in the fridge so I know what I'm talking about). Well, this gorgeous seedling is a slap in my fat smug face. It should have been a double yellow from my hand pollinated strain. I don't really do spotted, so this is wrong in so many ways. On the other hand it is really gorgeous, so b*******, hand me the cake...

17th March 2007

Hepatica nobilis var japonica .
This is the first flowering of a potful of seedlings sown on 25th May 2005. The parent was a self pollinated plant of 'Noumurasaki', a deep purple single flowered form. These little ones are all rather pretty, but not as strongly coloured. Sow the seed, put it under the bench and let the moss grow. Wait for the flowers to open. It is a fairly easy process!

17th March 2007

Soldanella capratica x pusilla .
The Soldanella are classic alpines, pushing their flowers up through the melting snow. I find them astonishingly beautiful. This artificial hybrid is more free flowering than some but fairly typical for the group. Does well in a pot but on the rare occasions when I have planted them out they have been eaten by slugs!

17th March 2007

Musa velutina .
I think it was a comment by Tony Avent at Plant Delights Nursery that drew my attention to Musa velutina as a hardy banana. I saw it at a nursery two years ago but I didn't get it, so when I saw it again last week at the same nursery (and I think the same plants - they just hadn't sold) I rectified the mistake. This is it, in full glorious flower. A really useful species because it will flower at only a few feet tall, unlike Musa basjoo which is currently 8 feet tall and still going up. On the other hand, it loses something by being a tiny stunted little dwarfish thing. You pays your money, you takes your banana (to coin a phrase).

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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