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12th January 2008


7th January 2008

Cyclamen coum .
This doesn't usually flower until the New Year, and plants outside in the garden are still indulging themselves in leafiness, but in the greenhouse the flowers are a few weeks earlier. After a dismal wintry sort of week, I am happy enough to show a little promise of spring.
Yesterday the gloomy weather finally cleared in a burst of sunshine that has raised the spirits but dropped the temperatures. Ice formed on the greenhouse roof overnight so the gutters dripped merrily for a few hours this morning as it melted.

12th January 2008

Narcissus romieuxii 'Joy Bishop' .
The 'bulbocodium' Narcissus are all well advanced in their pots - the earliest N.romieuxii forms are in flower. 'Joy Bishop' is a pale flowered form of the species with large flowers, and although the flower has flopped over a bit, the urge to photograph it with the winter light shining through it was irresistible.

12th January 2008

Parochaetus communis .
The sunlight has also encouraged me to take more pictures of the Parochaetus. It makes low vigorous mats of creeping stems which are studded with small blue pea flowers through the autumn.
These few picked flowers show nothing of the plants natural habit but I have quite enjoyed seeing them in a new light.
The bright cold weather looks set to continue for a few days and it will probably bring the temperatures down enough to finish the last flowers of autumn and clear the stage for the start of spring in a few weeks time. It will also start the season of worrying about the temperature in the greenhouse but with any luck it won't last for long.

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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