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15th March 2009

Ranunculus ficaria 'Elan'.
Spring has gone beyond the point of no return. It has been warm all week, I have opened all the doors in the greenhouse, and I was going to start refilling it with all the refugees from winter, but I got distracted!
Snowdrops and Hellebores have been the staple diet for weeks now, and they are still going strong. Galanthus plicatus 'Warham' is almost perfect at the moment and the Hellebores have hit yet another of those peaks where you think things couldn't possible be better, but both of them are old news. Sadly, in the week, spring moved from a trickle to a flood, and it has swept away all the old standbyes.
The Lesser Celandines are having a wonderful year, opening wide in the sunshine. The doubles have never been more floriferous, and 'Elan' has ...elan!

15th March 2009

Epimedium x versicolor 'Cherry Tart'.
Last week there was nothing but some curly growth at the base of the Epimedium, but this week several have burst into flower. E.pinnatum colchicum L321 is usually the first, and it is looking good now, but there are also a few new things. This form of E.x versicolor is a seedling from Judy Springer in Virginia and is a great addition to the versicolor tribe (which have been static for too long given the great range of colour now available in E.grandiflorum).

15th March 2009

Soldanella 'Spring Symphony' .
In recent years a hybrid Soldanella (carpatica x pusilla) has been circulating. It is an excellent plant, and it is inevitable that people will raise seedlings from it. This one was raised by Edrom Nurseries, and is the best of theirs. I have a tray full of my own seedlings, and 'Sudden Spring' has also been named (I think by Aberconwy Nursery, but I may be wrong). Rather like the Hellebores, they are all good.
Can't see any buds on any of the other species yet, but they all need repotting, and I should get on to that in the next few days, or perhaps they are just not going to flower this year.

15th March 2009

Cyclamen repandum .
Despite my determination to fight clear of the clinging clutches of Cyclamen they seem to increase here. When they are happy, they are too exuberant for my taste , the flowers form in great congested bunches that destroy their elegant poise. When they are being feeble, they are just pointless, so I really only like them when they are mediocre, which is a difficult thing to aspire to. Fortunately, they survive my mild disenchantment and flower without much in the way of encouragement. This C.repandum has been sitting in the same pot for four years now and I should really do something about it. There are loads of seedlings in there as well which would benefit from some more space. One day I am sure I am going to get the hots for Cyclamen and it will all start to matter to me but for now it is just pink stuff in a pot.

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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