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11th May 2008

Rhododendron 'Kirin' .
Years ago I was persuaded to buy a large number of evergreen azaleas from a nursery in Dorset and drove the overloaded car 200 miles home with the back axle grinding along the road and the headlights pointing up at the moon. Many of them I sold on again but I kept enough to plant around the garden and a couple of decades later they are still one of the brighter notes of May. Most of the names have been 'misplaced' through the years, most of the plants have been moved repeatedly round the garden and only the very obvious ones like 'Kirin' can still be identified. They need exactly the right balance of sun and shade to look good. Too much shade and they don't flower. Too much sun and they flower to terrifying excess and the bleached flowers cling to the branches like chewing gum in a childs hair.

11th May 2008

Roscoea cautleyoides 'Mauve' .
The Roscoea are starting to emerge in force - nothing from the R.purpurea yet, but there is an overpowering sense of subterranean rumbling in their pots. This mauve form of R.cautleyoides has burst free of its underground bed and rushed into full flower in a matter of days as though it had overslept on a monday morning and was late for the bus. In the process, it has neglected to put on any leaves, but it will rectify this over the next month or so.

11th May 2008

Polygonatum x hybridum 'Golden Gift' .
The hybrid Polygonatum is a marvellous plant. There is a large clump arching rather stylishly under some Alders outside my back door. This yellowish leaved form is a curious addition to the tribe, though when it is suited it can be spectacular. The leaves are mostly green but get a frosting of yellow on the most exposed surfaces. I haven't yet found a suitable place for it in the garden, so for now it lurks in a pot , though I suspect it would be more vigorous in the ground.

11th May 2008

Caltha palustris var. barthei .
The Marsh Marigolds make spectacular golden mats of flowers. This very strange orange-red flowered form has been introduced to cultivation recently from China and although it has a reputation for fussiness it has prospered here so far. On a hill as steep as my garden, natural bogs are always going to be something of a rarity, so for the moment it lives in a pot in a bucket of water, which is rather less elegant than it deserves.

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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