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28th September 2008

Nerine 'Purple Robs' .
The Nerine season has started with the usual improbable display of pink bravado. This one always bothers me - the colour is fantastic , but the name always trips me up. I am convinced that it should be 'Purple Robes', but I maintain it as it was when I got it, on the offchance that it was named after Purple Rob!
I spent some time on saturday photographing the collection on display at Wisley - next week would have been better, the flowers were only just opening, but you have to take the chance when it arises!

28th September 2008

Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner' .
One of the newer cultivars of Toad Lily. This one has good flowers and striking white variegated foliage. My plant reverted with enthusiasm through the winter, and I must knock it out and split the variegated parts from the green before I lose it. Other than that it has been a faultless performer tolerating abuse and still flowering freely. I admit that it engages me intellectually rather than emotionally. I like it, I enjoy it, I poke around it keeping it free of weeds as far as possible, it is a source of great interest, but I wouldn't shed blood to defend it from a hungry herbivorous toad eater.

28th September 2008

Cyrtanthus sanguineus .
While I was away, strange things were happening in the greenhouse. When I left on Friday, there was a short swollen flower spike emerging from the ground, and this wonderful orange trumpet was waiting for me when I returned.
Better in the shade than in full sun, it seems to do well in a lightly shaded greenhouse. It might survive in the open garden, but I don't think it would prosper , and I don't see any point in growing plants so that they barely cling to life. Much better in a pot where I can see it in the pink!

28th September 2008

Hedychium densiflorum 'Kalimpong Gold' .
Hedychium densiflorum is a variable species, and a couple of years ago I started collecting together the variants. This one came from KobaKoba shortly before they closed, and is the darker of the two orange-yellow forms they named. In the sunlight it is a beautiful clear orange, with darker tones towards the edge of the petals.
It flowered here last year for the first time, and I was a little underwhelmed, but this year it has been stunning!

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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