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31st August 2008

Aeschynanthus novogracilis .
A couple of years ago I was sent a tiny bundle of dried out stems from China that claimed to be Aeschynanthus novogracilis. I didn't have a great deal of confidence that it was alive, but it has been tougher than expected and it has slowly produced some trailing stems. For weeks I have been watching the little red buds swelling. The open flowers are exactly as expected, and quite astonishing at the same time. I am used to the species of Aeschynanthus that are grown as houseplants, from places like Java, so I am amazed at the hardiness of this little scrap that has survived in the cold conservatory.

31st August 2008

Calanthe reflexa .
I have a few Calanthe species growing in the greenhouse, and trhe spring flowering species have been suffering under my care. Any year now I will suddemly realise what it is they want from life, and we will be away. In the meantime, they limp along but do not flower. Calanthe reflexa flowers in late summer, has been growing bigger every year, and flowers reliably. For the others, well, I'm open to suggestions...

31st August 2008

Hedychium 'Thai Spirit' .
Not to be confused with the "Tai" series of hybrids from Doyle Smittle, this is a selection of H.coccineum from Thailand. Bright orange flowers that contrast with the dark blue-green leaves. It has a lovely, rather spicy scent and is fattening up nicely in a pot. All of the Hedychium have been dithering a bit because of the overcast weather this month, but with September in view some bright weather has turned up and the flowers are bursting to meet it.

31st 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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