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... out in the garden.

Hemerocallis 'Spanish Gold' .
The end of a week in early summer. The sun has been beautiful without being oppressive, it has rained on and off and there has been enough cloud cover on occasion to keep the temperatures down a bit. A few more of those please!
The Hemerocallis have been producing the odd flower for a couple of weeks now, but the numbers are beginning to build. 'Spanish Gold' is a very old cultivar. It's place has been taken by 'Cartwheels', which is very similar. Over the years I have grown it, this has become more and more impressive and it is now one of my favourites. Large flowers with thick robust petals are held so that they face outwards from the clump. Modern cultivars may have a better range of colours , but there are very few that are as good as garden plants.

Disa Diores 'Inca Warrior' .
The garden is burgeoning in a lusty fashion. I imagine the meadow at the top of the garden is now looking ragged and floppy, but I haven't had time to go up there for a couple of weeks so I have a feeling it will be a bit awkward when I finally get the mower out!
In the greenhouse, the Disa are flowering their heads off. I have pollinated a number, so before long there will be rows and rows of pots of seed to find space for . (Last years seedlings are nearly 1cm tall now!) 'Inca Warrior' has large rounded flowers that add a startling splash of colour and cheers me up every morning.

Impatiens puberula HWJK 2063 .
I am growing a few new Impatiens this year - at the moment they are sheltering in the Ginger house under the the Hedychium , where they are protected but probably too shaded. This one came from Crug Farm Plants, and I didn't really know what to expect. It started the year growing upright, but has become very prostrate now. There are lots of these purple flowers forming, and caterpillars love the leaves! This much I have learned already.
In theory I will propagate it before next year, and then try it outside. It is supposed to be hardy.

Iris ensata 'Jitsu Getsu' .
The Japanese Iris are looking really lovely at the moment. I have a couple of new ones this year but it doesn't look like they are going to flower so this is an old favourite performing at its best. 'Jitsu Getsu' has astonishing poise. If you were going to be picky you might say it is too perfect and precise. To save itself from the chance of turning into a beautiful supermodel tantrum it holds onto the dead flowers so that it can't get too pompous.
Some mornings I wake up and forget to put my teeth in. Same thing really!

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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