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18th November 2007

Narcissus 'Rijnvelds Early Sensation' .
I have a small meadow in the centre of the garden, where I grow some really early Narcissus, and I went up there after lunch today to see if I could get away with another cut before the shoots started to grow, to keep it all tidy for winter.
Simple answer - No!
I usually expect to have 'Rijnvelds Early Sensation' for 1st January ( and if I'm honest, I'm disappointed if I don't have it for Christmas). Last year the first flower opened in mid-december, this year it is even earlier. Plenty of rain this week has allowed the flower stems to rush up, and the first signs of spring are a very cherring thing as winter looms ominously.

18th November 2007

Viola odorata 'Annie' .
In the middle of the week the first of the spring violets flowered. I think this is the only one I am going to get for a few months, but I thought I might as well enjoy iy. I really love Sweet Violets, but they don't always get on with me - I have a cunning plan for the coming season, and if it works I expect to add a lot more varieties to the collection over the next few years.

18th November 2007

Hedychium 'Sherry Baby' .
During the last week this has just got better and better. With the rain beating down on the Hedychium house this afternoon, there was still enough low light shining in to make the flowers glow. A really pretty pale orange. During the week temperatures dropped significantly and I thought we were going to get a serious frost on wednesday night, so I spent the last couple of hours of light moving plants that are too tender to winter outside into more protected locations. I was expecting to lose all the Hedychium flowers and buds, but the cloud blew in at the last minute (well, about 2-o-clock in the morning actually). Time to enjoy them while I still can.

18th November 2007

Miltonia binotii .
Two weeks ago I bought this poor little thing in from the cold greenhouse where it was getting ... cold ... and was surprised to see a couple of flower spikes coming up. The first flower has opened. I have never seen it before - I bought it in a Garden Centre after it had finished flowering and before they gave up completely and slung it in the bin. Cost me 2.99 I think. It is nice to forget about the chaos caused by the approaching cold weather and enjoy some tropical escapism.

And if anybody is interested, I have updated the entries for Clivia on the site this week!

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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