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... out in the garden.

Well, the rain has come, the clocks have gone back, the greenhouse is cold, and the Begonia leaves have started to rot. I guess the less optimal season has started. I'm about half ready for it. The conservatory is almost cleaned out, ready to move all the Zingiber back in, along with the really tender Hedychium - borneense, horsfieldii, hasseltii. That will more or less use up the available space , so I don't know where the Colocasia are going to go this year, but I looked at them this afternoon, and I think they will manage outdoors for a couple of weeks yet. I expect it will all work out.
Started work again on the index for the site - made some slow progress - dark evenings will probably result in a little more, and then I have to think about doing this years update - no doubt you will see it as it unfolds. Lots of photos to sort, and other tedious admin tasks, but it will all happen in due course.
My ongoing comedy of errors with Gladiolus byzantinus continues. I was going to plant some bulbs in the meadow where I have cleared some shrubs and extended , and then at the last minute I got worried that they would be too coarse too late in the season and make the summer mowing difficult, so I didn't bother.
Note to self: stop being a berk!

28th October 2007

Clivia gardenii .
In the greenhouse this lovely Clivia has just flowered. I still need to do a little checking on names (it originally came from a source that has made a few real howlers) - I know C.gardenii produces a few pale peach forms - I'm just not sure that this is one of them! I was expecting a dark orange with green tips to the flowers. This is much nicer. Clivia seed from the Chubb Peach strain delivered a week ago has started to germinate in the office, so it has been a Clivia week. I have one unseasonal flower of Clivia miniata open at the moment and I was hoping to pollinate this with it, but there doesn't seem to be any pollen - not warm or dry enough for the anthers to dehisce. And I am still on the lookout for a classic orange C.gardenii.

28th October 2007

Ranunculus ficaria 'Cupreus' .
I should have realised when the leaves came up a few weeks ago, that the flowers would not be far behind, but it is still very odd to have Celandines in October. I don't know if it has been an odd season, or if I have an odd watering regime (I was trying a new watering system this year). Worth showing the picture, even if the flower is out of focus - I was in a rush this afternoon because the rain was falling on the camera and I was getting wet as well! Not many other buds above the ground yet, and if the cold weather arrives I epect they will get held up until the new year. I haven't noticed the leaves of the wild ones yet, though I expect they are there. If I get around to weeding the herbaceous border I wil find them - it's alive with the bulbs.

28th October 2007

Hedychium coccineum, Hedychium gardnerianum .
I still haven't quite got to grips with the boundary between Hedychium coccineum and Hedychium gardnerianum. I understand that it is still a matter for debate among the wise (and those with access to a decent botanical library). 'Tara' sits in the uncertain zone. These are all three in flower at the moment. On the left is a fairly typical Hedychium coccineum - I got it locally from a nursery who bought some dry "bulbs". In the middle is Hedychium gardnerianum 'St Martins' , a slightly orange tinted form from the Isles of Scily, sometimes called a hybrid though I doubt it myself. On the right is Hedychium gardnerianum 'Thai Kahili' from a nursery in Thailand.

28th October 2007


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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