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14th September 2008

Nerine 'Salmon Supreme' .
Throughout the summer the Nerine bulbs have slipped back into tattiness week by week. In August the bulbs suddenly started to absorb moisture and push out new leaf shoots , and alongside them, the fat buds have pushed up from the ground and are now flowering. 'Salmon Supreme' is a rather typical Nerine sarniensis that will scream its fiery abuse at the world until bonfire night! It is a bit tender, and they don't really like wet weather, so it stays in a pot in the greenhouse.

14th September 2008

Zephyranthes 'Itsy Bitsy' .
There are floods of new Zephyranthes names coming onto the market at the moment. I have been growing the various species for more years than I care to admit to, but have never quite got my head round the names of any but the most obvious. Primarily this is because they have an enthusuasm for illegitimate sex that would make a politician blush. As a consequence, seed (which is easily and cheaply available) may grow into almost anything, and the names applied owe more to a lottery mentality than any systematic notions of taxonomy.
Recognising that as the years flow by I am befuddling faster than I am unfuddling (?) with respect to Zephyranthes, I started to gather up some of the named clones that are now about, on the principle that if I could get a handle on some nice stable clonal names, I might feel strong enough to have another shot at the promiscuous species.
'Itsy Bitsy' is a tiny selection of the Mexican 'Labuffarose' made by Yucca Do Nurseries and has been the first of the new cultivars I have bought this year to flower here. They all suffered a bit in the journey from the USA, so it is good to see some signs of recovery.
Of the species that have flowered here this year, well, fuddle away!

14th September 2008

Impatiens balfourii .
I first grew this annual species three years ago, as something of a novelty. It flowered, I enjoyed it, I wasn't expecting to see it again. It managed to spread a few seeds into adjoining pots in the greenhouse, and has come up every year since. For the first time this year it has also managed to produce a seedling outside, so I will have to watch its spread - we have enough aggressive annual Impatiens in the UK already.

14th September 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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