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18th January 2009

Galanthus elwesii .
It has been a week of rain and rising temperatures. The trees I felled last weekend are strill waiting to be cut up and moved out of the way, but it isn't a job for rainy weather. Snowdrops are bursting out of the ground all around the place. This is form of G.elwesii with the lower green mark split into two. The bulbs are so easily and cheaply available that it is easy to overlook the variation in the plants when they flower. They seem to like a bit more sunlight than the G.nivalis forms, and don't always increase well in the wood, so I am always looking for sunny little spots to plant them out, and they always end up staying in pots for too long.

18th January 2009

Galanthus 'Merlin' (Bonds Form) .
'Merlin' was raised by James Allen at the end of the 19th century, but it hasn't been very well documented until quite recently. As a consequence there are a couple of forms about that are very similar but not the same. This form is probably the original - it isn't the largest of flowers but it is still quite vigorous.
The inner segments are almost entirely green (on the outer face anyway), with just a thin white line round the outside. It is doing quite well under the trees and is distinctive enough to save me worrying about losing the label!

18th January 2009

Helleborus x hybridus Yellow .
I don't know if the Hellebore beds will work better now I have taken down the pine trees that were drying them out, but it is nice to have some extra light in there at the start of the year.
This yellow flowered seedling makes a big impact from a distance, and is the sort of colour I should be planting out. There are now quite a lot of seedlings reaching flowering size up there, and the less interesting ones will be dug out and used in less 'select' parts of the garden (you can never have too many Hellebores)!

18th January 2009

Helleborus x hybridus Blue .
This blue seedling is exactly wrong for a bed beneath trees. The colour is too dark to show up. I saw it in flower yesterday and went out specially today to take its picture, and I still had to look around to find it, it blended in to the leaf litter so well. Unfortunately, it is one of my favourite colours, so I will be planting more of them, but I must try to keep them close to the path or they will be completely overlooked.
The original plan was to keep the colours in organised groups, to make it easier to hand pollinate the right plants and keep the colours pure, but somewhere along the way it has all gone awry and I am going to have to perform one of those irritating pieces of performance gardening with canes and labels marking plants and colours so that I can lift and move them in the autumn. Or maybe the autumn after...

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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