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13th July 2008

Ponerorchis graminifolia .
I have been watching the tiny leaves of this little terrestrial orchid as they develop from the ground with great interest. It has a tiny little tuber that I was convinced was too small to grow, it will be eaten by a creature - perhaps a rather small worm. Somehow it has survived and suddenly produced a little flower packed to the brim with charm. I am still worried how I am going to overwinter it, but it is magnificent and July and too early to lose any sleep over!

13th July 2008

Habranthus martinezii .
Grown from seed, and as is the way with Rain Lilies, its identity remains to be confirmed. Quite by chance, I was in Kew yesterday, and stumbled across their collection, and was delighted to see that many of their plants were also named with a full measure of optimism!
On the plus side, they are all so beautiful that it doesn't really matter! In an attempt to gain some sort of a handle on the many Zephyranthes species, I bought a number of named cultivars in the spring, but I don't think I am going to see flowers this year, and the confusion will continue here for a while yet!

13th July 2008

Hesperantha baurii .
I have always been interested in Schizostylis, and as a follow on, I took an interest in their closest allies, the Hesperantha. There are a number of interesting colours that appear in Hesperantha that could extend the colour range of the pink and red Schizostylis. Just recently they have all been combined in Hesperantha, and if I check my calendar I see that July 15th 2032 is scheduled as the day the horticultural world finally accepts the change!
I shouldn't laugh - this is easy from seed, and I have lost count of the number of times I have killed it, so I'm not so clever. The flowers are a delight. I grew a number of other species at the same time and now have to go scrabbling around in the pots to see if any of them have made it.

13th July 2008


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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