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26th April 2009

Lachenalia contaminata .
I don't know what happens to time in the spring. I think it gets a bit frisky and disappears behind a hedge with a friend for a quick........never mind. Whatever the cause, this week has happened at full tilt. More seems to happen than I manage to photograph and even a day or so of rain hasn't slowed things at all.
This Lachenalia is one of the hardiest of the species. I have been trying more and more of them in the cold greenhouse over the last couple of years, so last winter was a big test. Fortunately, most of them have resisted low temperatures without problems and although they need repotting they are putting on a good show.

26th April 2009

Epimedium Acuminatum Hybrid .
The Epimedium are still flowering at their peak. Before long they will suddenly shed their petals and it will be over for the year. The seed is fattening nicely on the early flower stems, and although I should probably throw it all away, I will almost certainly sow it to see what comes up. Epimedium is another of those genera that isn't too choosy about who it disappears behind a hedge with, and as a consequence almost all seedlings are hybrids. All Epimedium are beautiful so they get kept and propagated and distributed and before long there will be more new names than you can shake a stick at (which is a very strange thing to do, but spring seems to stir even the most lethargic of us to action).
This one came from China, just to show that it is happening worldwide. It was listed as "acuminatum hybrid", though the long horned flowers could have come from a dozen or more species just as well. The red and yellow flowers show a very clear influence from E.davidii. There are a number of seedlings about that are similar - 'Asiatic Hybrid' springs to mind, and I have one of my own (which is of course the best thing since sliced bread). The long petal spurs of this one are more striking than any other I have seen so far.

26th April 2009

Epimedium seedling 230409 .
Another seedling that opened this week for the first time. I was really pleased with it, but it is close enough to 'Jean O'Neill' to mean that it isn't worth naming or distributing (unless it suddenly develops a special talent - solid gold seeds would be nice - I'm not greedy). A bit darker, perhaps but not sufficiently distinct.
One of the parents was E.rhizomatosum, but the other one was left to the bees to choose. For some time I have been trying to collect together different clones of the various species so that I can raise some true to name species seedlings, but I'm not sure there are enough isolated corners in the garden to house them all. I get the same problem keeping the Hellebores apart, but fortunately they get frisky when it is still too cold for the bees to confuse the issue too much.

26th April 2009

Smilacina paniculata .
I still haven't quite got to grips with Smilacina being combined with Maianthemum, so I apologise for the outdated name. This has been 'interesting' for a couple of years, with a scattering of green flowers at the tip of the new growth, but last year it started to fatten up substantially, and this year the flower head has formed on the end of the stem like a giant green droplet.
Plenty to do next week, hopefully I will get some time in the garden. Every spare moment last week was consumed by paperwork. I have just started to pot up bulb seedlings , and throw out things that died in the winter. With luck it will be done before the autumn chill strikes!

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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