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11th August 2008

Stapelia flavirostris .
The long mellow lazy days of summer seem to have come to an abrupt halt. The rain here has continued, and is getting colder by the day. People are already grumbling about the 'A' word (autumn) and two people have now mentioned the 'C' word to me (christmas).
This Stapelia is going to hate cool wet weather, but the flower is a spectacular addition to the greenhouse. I haven't managed to check the name yet , but the bud opened into spectacular yellow beaked tepals, so the name fits!
One advantage of the cool weather is that the flower is more or less unscented, at least to me. A horde of flies have managed to find the flower and are doing whatever it is they are doing with great vigilance and enthusiasm, but they aren't being offensive about it.

11th August 2008

Habenaria radiata .
I have probably said before that I do not really dance to the merry music of the orchids. Despite my general low level of attention to them, they have spent the week trying to cheer me up in the face of the zingiberaceous identity theft that has had me pulling out the metaphorical hair all week (it has to be metaphorical, little of the genuine article remains).
This one flowered last year and when it died down in the autumn I assumed it would follow the usual pattern and continue dying until the job was done. Not so. It has emerged again looking stronger than it did last year - still only one stem, but a stronger one than before. On balance I am happy!

11th August 2008

Hedychium ellipticum .
And while we are on the subject of unfortunate misidentifications, Hedychium ellipticum is a lovely thing (and I think this is it). It would be churlish to fail to fully appreciate its charms, but the sweet joy of its flowering is slightly soured. It isn't Hedychium longicornutum, which is what I have been waiting for. I have some seedlings of the real thing, so I will just have to wait for one of them to flower!

11th August 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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