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21st December 2008

Camellia sasangua 'Hugh Evans' .
The Camellia sit asdride midwinter like a chav on a BMW. Camellia saangua 'Hugh Evans' is here perched precariously on the solstice, most of the buds open in the autumn, but there are one or two left to cross winter into spring. Rather a sad little plant at the moment, still stuck in a pot despite my promise to get it into the ground before winter. On the other hand, I am currently clearing the ground for a new hedge of Camellia which will give me space to plant all of the potted plants out (except that I keep thinking of other things I would like to include as well, which cuts down the available room).

21st December 2008

Galanthus 'Moccas' .
Soundly demonstrating that the winter solstice marks the ascent into spring, this wonderful little snowdrop has opened a few flowers. It is a selected form of 'Atkinsii' which flowers in January for the most part and has large and rather irregular flowers. This flowers at the same time, but is rather more regular in flower. I got it from Helen Ballard in the year dot and now it covers a large patch in the woodland (shortly to be surrounded by a Camellia hedge).

21st December 2008

Helleborus x hybridus Double Pink .
I have been watching the buds on the Hellebores bursting from the ground and fattening for couple of weeks. I associate them with freezing weather for some reason, and they will certainly be at their best in February, but they are unquestionably part of the promise of spring. As I have been watching the buds of the single forms slowly fattening, behind my back this pale pink double has opened and I have only just noticed it. Currently sheltering under a large Leyland Cypress that I am felling to make way for the Camellia hedge, I am hoping to avoid a "whoops - sorry about that" moment of falling branches. (I won't admit to it if I am careless enough to squash it this year!)

21st December 2008

Iris lazica .
I would be unimpressed if Iris lazica flowered in the autumn - it is one of the first indications that spring has started and I don't want it to start making false promises. Wonderful fragile lilac flowers that are delicately scented if the sun shines on them.
This is the darkest week of the year and the garden is on the move so although cold and frost and snow may interfere with the process, spring growth has started.

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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