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21st June 2009

Rebutia 'Pipes of Peace' .
It has been a busy week, and everything in the greenhouse has needed watering frequently - I even had to water outside, and could really do with some rain. Big black clouds seem to roll up, threaten wonderful things, and then roll straight past. It is very frustrating.
This little Rebutia is my salute to dessication ! I bought it earlier in the your from a catus society show, and I wasn't expecting flowers this year - all the other Rebutia have finished (and my brand new Rebutia pygmaea has been finished by a large slug, who kindly ate the top of the head away to leave a large oozing circle of naked salad). I rather like the reckless mixture of orange and pink, and thoughts of all the things I was going to have finished before the summer.

21st June 2009

Pelargonium endlicherianum .
Some of the Pelargonium made it through the winter, and some didn't. This one is fairly reliable. It comes from Turkey and will take a fairly sharp frost as long as it is dry. This plant was shrinking in the pot, until I realised I hadn't repotted it for several years, and it was starving to death. Repotting has restored some vigour and it is flowwering well a few weeks later than expected.
Pelargonium lividum wasn't so lucky. Every single day in november last year I reminded myself to bring one of the seedlings into the house just in case we had a hard winter. Every single day in november I got distracted, and as a consequence it is no longer with me. Flowering next to the Pelagonium is a sweet little Leucojum (now Acis) that I am not going to show here for a few weeks yet. I want some summer, I want some rain, and I do not want to see Leucojum autumnale yet!

21st June 2009

Lilium formosanum var pricei .
I can't take any credit for this lily, I bought it in bud. One of the most astonishing little things, barely a foot tall (if you are now so metricated that a foot is a meaningless measure, check the region where your legs join the ground for a rough approximation) with flowers almost the same length. I grew it years ago and nostalgia gripped me when I saw one for sale in bud. I am surprised that there aren't a great range of tiny hybrids derived from it, but perhaps it isn't as sexually adventurous as some members of its genus.

21st June 2009

Hemerocallis 'Bela Lugosi' .
On friday I finally had to water the Hemerocallis and they have rewarded me by producing a great flush of flowers over the weekend. They are still far too dry but I keep hoping for a decent thunderstorm to save me the effort. I have been away over the weekend, so spare time tommorow will be spent watering the greenhouse, but tuesday will have to be Hemerocallis day.
'Bela Lugosi' is one of the more modern cultivars. Some years it is a better purple than this rather muddy offering, but it has a good shaped flower and it seems to be reliable.
Out in the garden the Hemerocallis are being eaten up by brambles again. It isn't the weather for clearing them, and I am seriously considering driving over the whole lot with the mower and sorting it out in the autumn. Since I haven't even managed to weed the plants in pots, the ones in the ground have been completely neglected and I need to rethink my approach.
And with any luck, rain will fall in the week!

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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