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8th April 2007

Anemone nemorosa 'Robinsoniana' .
I usually expect the last week of April to be Anemone week, but it seems to be early this year. All sorts of clever stuff to show , but this is Anemone nemorosa 'Robinsoniana', probably the best of a good group. Named after William Robinson, it is strange that this subtle gentle flower should be named after such a notoriously irascible Irishman! Slightly scented and really splendid now in the wood as well as making a bold show in a pot. I expect there will be a few more on show as the season progresses!

8th April 2007

Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Papageno' .
This fabled strain of Pulsatilla wasn't easily available when I last grew Pulsatilla in the 1980's, so it was a delight to find these in a local garden centre really cheap! (I have three). More or less double ragged flowers in a range of colours. This red was just wonderful in the spring sunshine (and surpassed a picture of a great yellow Pleione Shantung to appear here). Eventually they will be found a little home in the front of the new border. Did I mention Eomecon? There are some superb Asarum, new ferns - oh, and the Clivia are flowering. The greenhouse is erupting in succulent deliciousness like a crock of stew in a hot oven!

8th April 2007

Epimedium 'Firedragon' .
A new introduction this year, raised by Blackthorn Nursery, and available from a couple of retailers. This is the first time I have seen the flower so I am rushing it onto the site. No doubt there will be a flood of Epimedium hybrids and no harm in that. It is going to be an exciting time! Many will come, some will last , all will be welcome.

8th April 2007

Petasites versipilis .
I bought this from China in the spring knowing what thugs Petasites can be, but I have a sneaking admiration for them. They have secret attributes! Our own Petasites fragrans is an awful ineradicable weed that smothers everything with its peeling shaggy leaves but it looks fantastic in the process and has the most delightful scented flowers in the darkest moments when Jack Frost wants his wicked way with you and even the stoutest trousers are not going to stop him!
I had no idea what to expect from this but it certainly wasn't this astonishing hairy purple explosion of horticultural fluff. It will however remain confined to a pot (better safe than sorry).

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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