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Thats enough introduction - on with the plants!
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... out in the garden.

The sun has shone all week. As usual, plants have dried out faster than it has been possible to water but the work I put into the watering system earlier in the year is paying off, so it hasn't been a catastrophe more of a distraction.
Work on the Hedychium house finally came to a conclusion on Friday (except for doors and windows) and on saturday I started to move the plants in. How is it that I can take half of the plants from the old greenhouse, put them in the new, and have two greenhouses full of plants? Looking forward to getting back into the garden next week - I half mowed the grass in the orchard a month ago and it needs cutting down again. Daffodils to plant (I'm just greedy). Herbaceous border needs weeding so there is plenty to do if the evening light holds out. Autumn is knocking at the garden gate and sooner or later I will have to admit it, but for the moment lets just think of it as high summer!

2nd September 2007

Ochagavia carnea .
This has been sitting quietly in the sun, growing almost imperceptibly fatter and now it has produced a big pink flowerhead studded with tiny yellow flowers. Quite delightful.

2nd September 2007


2nd September 2007

Petrocosmea forrestii .
I got this little Petrocosmea from Aberconwy Nursery in the spring, and thought that I would have to wait a year or so for a flower, but it has grown heroically and produced just one so that I can confirm its identity! These tiny little gesneriads are all quite wonderful and seem to produce flowers just when you need them most.

2nd September 2007

Hedychium coccineum angustifolium .
Hedychium have been such a preoccupation this week that I have to finish on one! This is an excellent red H.coccineum form that flowers on quite short canes, five feet tall instead of the eight feet or so that the species can manage. The largest of them will just fit into the new house!

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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