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14th December 2008

Fuchsia magellanica var gracilis .
This has long been one of my favourite Fuchsia. In the summer it is easily lost among all the noise and activity, but it will flower over a very long season - if the weather is kind it will continue to produce flowers right through the winter. I have always planted it as a filler in difficult places, where I can't seem to find anything else to prospr. A mile or so down the road from me it was planted by the side of a house, and has snaked up behind the cladding to burst out through every tiny gap in a shower of flowers. It is a wonderful demonstration that if supported it will climb almost any obstacle. This one is planted under an Alder and I am about to fix the first four feet of growth to the trunk so that the next flush of growth can continue upwards. If it works it will be wonderful.

14th December 2008

Fuchsia arborescens .
It has been a cold week. The last few days before the solstice always seem the dullest and most miserable, so it was a surprise to find Fuchsia arborescens still managing to flower. It hates cold weather, and we have had a bit of it now - I woke up this morning to find the garden had been carpetted with hail stones overnight, so the air is cold and humid and all the tender growth should have gone, but this seems to have escaped the frost. Fingers crossed I may still have it next year (it sometimes makes it!)
Is it tempting fate to think it might last for another two weeks, and still be flowering for the new year? (Yes, I think it probably is!)

14th December 2008

Clivia miniata Yellow Artificer .
My general plan for the winter consists of hiding in the greenhouse with the tender plants and waiting for the spring weather to start. I bought this Clivia from China a few weeks ago because I don't yet have anything with yellow leaves - I have some seed that makes the promise but it will be a few years before that comes to anything.
When I unpacked it, I didn't think it was particularly yellow, but now it is potted and I can compare it with a green one, I am very pleased.

14th December 2008

Ranunculus ficaria 'Aurantiacus' .
And the promise of spring is still in the air, or in this case in a pot in the greenhouse. The Lesser Celandines are one of the earliest Most of them have well developed leaves by now, usually with small buds developing in the centre of the crowns. One or two of them have flowers open already , which reminds me I have to split and repot them all this year!
Next week may be colder, it may be wetter, but the darkening days of winter will be ending, which is always a cheering thing.

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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