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16th December 2007

Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop' .
A young plant in the greenhouse has decided to become winter flowering, and has come out this rather curious stained white, instead of the usual pale pink. For the first time ever, I may have flowers of Ipheion uniflorum open at the same time as I. sellowianum, which could make for an interesting hybrid.

16th December 2007

Fuchsia excorticata .
Fuchsia do a great jobin the garden filling out the background with interest - it is easy enough to find distractions through the spring but the garden would get a bit tired later in the year without their cheery flowers.
F.excorticata is an oddity, flowering from the bare stems in mid winter. I usually expect it in January but this year it has managed a few early flowers just before the shortest day and they are very welcome. A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but a Fuchsia in winter is delightful.

16th December 2007

Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' .
Along with the new and the unexpected, this month has thrown up its quota of old reliable friends. I have planted this autumn flowering cherry in every garden I have ever made, and am planning to continue to do so as long as I make new gardens. A very lovely plant that can be relied on to whisper warm spring-like ideas into the garden through all the worst weather of winter, come rain or wind or hail or snow.

16th December 2007

Camellia 'Show Girl' .
Another plant in flower that I traditionally go out to look for on New Years Day - I'm going to have nothing left to do over the festive period but lie around and eat things I shouldn't. (And trim the Leylands and weed the herbaceous border and ...). It's a pretty pink, and although it is a whopper, it doesn't produce too many flowers or sprout them too densely, so it still retains the illusion of elegance. Too many plants in too small a space mean that it may have to be found a new home shortly (no worries, I think it will move!)

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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