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20th July 2008

Bletilla Yokohama.
The Bletilla have put on a good show this year - there seems to be a critical size they struggle to reach, and then take off. I have some tiny divisions of modern hybriids that look as though they will be tiny for a few more years, but Yokohama has made it to flowering size.
The first flowers suffered from an infestation of aphids but the last few have been clean and undistorted. Warm weather has helped them to produce strong growths and hopefully decent rhizomes to overwinter.

20th July 2008

Pelargonium endlicherianum .
By some freak of geography, or possibly though the offices of a giant seed flinging catapult, a couple of species of Pelargonium occur outside South Africa. This is probably the most commonly seen of them, from Turkey. I grew this from seed from the Alpine Garden Society a couple of years ago (because I wasn't able to find anybody growing plants), and though I only germinated one, it is still with me.
It suffers in the wet, so I keep it under cover, but it is hardy if dry, and if I ever get around to it, a good candidate for producing new hybrids (task one however is to remember to collect seed and grow a few more of them!) It is enjoying the warm weather that is slowly creeping up on us.

20th July 2008


20th July 2008

Impatiens namchabarwensis 'Thominblue', Impatiens puberula HWJK 2063 .
I have bought a couple of new Impatiens species this year, and been given a couple more, one of each represented here. The hype surrounding the blue Impatiens namchabarwensis led me to look more closely at the purple species available. Impatiens puberula came from Crug Farm Plants and has made a low, rather sprawling mat of hairy leaves under the Hedychium and produces a scatter of small purple flowers.
'Thominblue' is a selection of Impatiens namchabarwensis raised by Thomson and Morgan and supposed to be the most compact of the seedlings they raised. It has produced large flowers that are mauve , with the sort of blue overtones that would not make a jazz musician but might stretch to a boy band with a hangover!

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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