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10th February 2008

Galanthus 'Lady Elphinstone' .
If you have a taste for the eccentric, then 'Lady Elphinstone' has all the whimsical unpredicability you could want. At its best it is a delightful double flowered snowdrop with yellow markings with a tinge of green or apricot. When she is feeling less benign, the flowers come green as the ordinary one , and she is often found in a less benign frame of mind. I have a hundred or so flowers on her this year and so far just one of them is yellow! If she is moved, she will come green the next year. If she is left to form congested clumps she will turn green. If she gets the vapours she will turn green , so each yellow offering is precious. It is quite vigorous, quite lovely and completely unpredictable!

10th February 2008

Asarum pulchellum . The Asarum have barely shown a sign of life in the spring before the flowers emerge. Later in the season this will produce creamy white flowers but this first offering has a pinkish glow. The silver marked leaves bristle with white hairs.

10th February 2008

Narcissus romieuxii .
I have been growing a few of the Hoop Petticoat daffodils to see how they manage under my conditions. For the most part the forms I have grown have been interesting , but there have been a few spectacular moments, such as this showing of N.romieuxii which I got from Desireable Plants as a "quite ordinary" form. If this is quite ordinary then I am looking forward to some of the others.

10th February 2008

Ypsilandra thibetica .
A pretty little perennial from moist shady valleys in China (Sichuan, S.Humman, NE Guangxi). The fat central bud has been as swollen as a little green egg in a nest of leaves , that has now extended into a warm white burst of flowers.

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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