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... out in the garden.

I thought that it was going to be a very pink week. All of the Watsonia seem to have started at the same time, even if the names are a bit confused. I spent too long at an open day sitting in the sun yesterday, and I have also turned to an interesting shade, at least on all of the bits that show!
Slowly however, as the week progressed, it turned orange. I could say that it was the first russet tones of autumn, but it isn't mellow misty orange, it isn't even TV-presenter-fake-tan-orange. It has been shrieky wailing 1960's-flowery-wallpaper orange. If you've turned here looking for some relaxing flowery garden sort of gentility, then this is the week for sticking your head in a bucket!

31st July 2008

Fuchsia procumbens 'Wirral' .
There aren't any yellow Fuchsia cultivars yet, however some of the New Zealand species have yellow pigment in the sepals and tube, though it is masked by green and red colours. Eventually, breeders will manage to separate the colour out, and the genus will produce a whole new range of cultivars. In the meantime, this is a pure white shoot on the normally variegated 'Wirral', and the flowers are also white, with only the yellow pigment remaining. The shoot wouldn't stand a chance of growing on its own, but it gives a good idea of what should be possible.


3rd August 2007

Acer palmatum 'Hogyoku' .
During the week I decided to start writing content for all the pages online that I haven't finished (ha ha). So I started at the top of the index, and immediately stumbled over Acer palmatum and realised I have nothing to say at all. I didn't even have decent photographs. Rather than sit around in the sunny evenings trying to cobble together meaningless descriptions of the various cultivars (which if I'm honest I only grow because they were cheap) I went out and took some new pictures. In the process I saw in the distance the distinctive colour of approaching autumn, the light and the leaves acting loike a curious seasonal telescope, warning of the distant battleships of winter fluttering their leafy banners of war. (It's a bit like Foot and Mouth of the metaphor, a bloody linguistic cull)!

3rd August 2007

Hedychium 'Raffillii' .
The final flash of orange comes from the first of the evergreen Hedychium to flower. I am very fond of 'Raffillii', even when it arrives labelled 'C.P.Raffill'. It seems to come in the same general grouping as 'Tara', whether you call that H.coccineum or H.gardnerianum, or a hybrid, or something as yet undefined - there are a lot of loose ends in the genus. 'Tara' has been enjoying a good reputation as a garden plant. In the collection here, 'Raffillii' has been equally hardy, earlier to flower ('Tara' is still being vegetative, and abstaining from sex), and flowers well on every cane, when 'Tara' manages one in three or so. If I could only have one, this would be it!

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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