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28th December 2008

Asarum caudigerum cardiophyllum .
I am hoping this is the real thing, it is similar to the only drawing of the variety that I have been able to find, though I am a little concerned at the rhizome shape, this plant is a bit thicker and more robust than the illustration shows.
Right or wrong, it is one of the first of the Asarum to flower here this year, and it serves to remind me that I was going to repot them all this winter ("when things are a bit slower" - don't laugh!)

28th December 2008

Echeveria x derenosa .
Also in the greenhouse, some of the Echeveria are flowering. This hybrid between E.derembergii and E.setosa had made a compact rosette , and followed it up with a compact spike of flowers, a great improvement on the usual floppy nonsense.
The cold weather has been building up here for a couple of days, so it is good to see that so far the succulents are not suffering leaf damage.

28th December 2008

Fuchsia excorticata .
Up in the garden, the first flower has opened on Fuchsia excorticata. I have been watching the bud fatten for the last couple of weeks, so it shouldn't really be a surprise to find it in flower this morning, but it was, clinging to the bare stems and jiggling about in the cold wind. This is certainly tyhe first of the new seasons Fuchsia, but I still have quite a lot of lasts seasons flowers hanging on to other species. It would be quite interesting to try some hybrids while I have the chance.

28th December 2008

Impatiens kilimanjari x pseudoviola .
This is a tender hybrid, just hanging on in the greenhouse. For the first time this year I have left all of the plants out there - I usually take cuttings and bring them inside, but I have always had survivors outside, so I hope I will still have it next year.
Last night the combination of cold and wind finally put an end to the annual Impatiens cymbifera outside the back door, but it has produced plenty of seed (and there might still be time for me to collect some more from the damaged stems) so I think I will have it again in the spring. As ever with Impatiens , the new season will reveal which have survived.

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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