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27th April 2008

Epimedium pubigerum .
There has been a flood of Chinese Epimedium species covering gardens for the last 20 years or so, and new hybrids are popping up all over the place, but it would be a pity to forget the species from Europe and Asia Minor. When I first started growing Epimedium, this was uncommon in gardens. Its subtle charms were overlooked in favour of the big yellow 'pinnatum' group. Unfortunately I left it behind when I moved here, along with E.alpinum (very similar but straggling) and E.x cantabridgiense. It has been almost impossible to replace them, they are just not showy enough for modern nurserymen. Fortunately with the modern focus on conservation of garden plants, there are a few old fuddy-duddies like me hanging on to them!

27th April 2008

Ramonda serbica .
The hardy Gesneriads are a diverse group but they are all stars! I have grown this one for a number of years and it is another example of me being over cautious. It has sat in a small greenhouse with the Pleione and although it has grown it has been terribly slow. A couple of months ago I forgot to water it for a few too many months and found it shrivelled to a crisp. I decided it was time to stop being so precious. It now stands with the other Ramonda and it is astonishing how a day or two standing in water revived it. This is the best I have ever seen it in flower and I might even get some seed (I'm not going to tell you how bad I am with Ramonda seedlings - they are just so tiny)!

27th April 2008

Darlingtonia californica .
A very curious species of Pitcher Plant from northern California and Oregon. It grows beside mountain streams and makes spectacular spreading colonies. Lovely in flower but it suffers if the summer temperatures go too high. It is in the greenhouse for now but through the summer it will be moved to the shade house. If I had a decent piece of bog garden I would plant it outside. I went prospecting for ground water and didn't find any so it will stay where it is for the moment.

27th April 2008

Geranium phaeum .
But Geranium phaeum is a much tougher thing, and seeds itself around the garden freely. I grow a number of named forms. They are planted around the garden, and then the seedlings start to pop up. If the mower had started this afternoon then I would have mown the path along the herbaceous border and I would know which were prospering and which needed more attention. It didn't happen. I spent a few minutes swearing , but I still couldn't get a high enough tension for a spark, so in the end I went away and did something more interesting (weeding in the pots of South African bulbs). In a minute I will go out and give it another go!

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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