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30th March 2008

Anemone apennina 'Double Form' .
The Anemone are still caught between winter and spring. Most of the rhizomes are still building up strength below ground but a few have thrown up flowering stems , with plenty more to follow. In the wet and windy weather we are still getting on some days, the underground sheltering seems very sensible , but if the sun comes out it is warm enough for the few flowers to open. This double flowered form of Anemone apennina has spent the last three years sitting still, but it has now started to increase, and the flowers are very welcome.

30th March 2008

Asarum lemmonii . A small flowered species that is easily overlooked. During the week I have finally moved all of the Asarum together into one greenhouse, from the assortment of temporary homes they have previously occupied. One incidental benefit is that they now get a bit more sun , which shows the pretty pink colour of this flower rather well. In a few weeks the large floppy leaves will expand to cover the ground completely.

30th March 2008

Hepatica 'Anju' .
The Hepatica are recovering from a difficult winter, when they got too dry, but there has been enough rain now to keep them happy for a bit. This is one of the more obsessively precise japanese double flowered forms. The flowers are rather tiny but astonishing in their detail and the richness of their colour.

30th March 2008

Hepatica 'Millstream Merlin' .
This plant is not mine, it was exhibited at the Alpine Garden Society show at Exeter yesterday. I wish mine was looking this good, but I suppose if it was I wouldn't have had to visit the show. It is a very deep blue-purple hybrid that is quite vigorous and does well in a shady location.
Well, the clocks have gone forwards, the greenhouse gets hot in the sun and flowers are bursting from the ground everywhere I look. The frantic rush of summer will soon be upon us. There are Fuchsia in flower under the benches, waiting to come out, primroses in flower in the woods and the feeling that next week is going to burst from an unexpected bud at any moment.

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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