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12th July 2009

Aristolochia x kewensis .
More rain, which has been wonderful. It has been a busy week, running about here there and everywhere, so time spent in the garden has been very welcome. I am finally clearing a section by the house that I have been ignoring for years, hoping that it will look after itself if I wait long enough. As a consequence, every time I sit down I start finding the bramble thorns sticking in my hands and discovering new places for aches.
A trip out to some local nurseries on wednesday produced this stunning and exotic Aristolochia, but I haven't been able to find out much about it in the last few days.
A hybrid between A.brasiliensis and A.trilobata, it was raised at Kew and the name was first published in 1911. The nursery label said hardy, limited information from the internet says winter min 5degC, and both the parents are hot house plants, so I will need to take some care!

12th July 2009

Asteranthera ovata .
This Asteranthera has been growing well in the conservatory. I meant to take cuttings all last year and try them outside, but I never quite got to it, so it is bigger and more floriferous but there is still only one of them. The flowers are wonderfully exotic and it seems to produce them easily. It comes from the moist forests of southern Chile, so the shade and humidity in the conservatory suit it very well.

12th July 2009

Sinningia sellovii .
This tuberous gesneriad from Argentina has just started to flower. I was worried that the large knobbly tuber had rotted in the winter, but it has suddenly sprung up, and has grown much taller than it managed last year (which might not be an advantage).
I was hoping for seed last year, but didn't get any, so I am going to try some stem cuttings, and hope that they can produce tubers to get them through the winter.

12th July 2009

Typhonium but not alpinum .
This came from China as T.alpinum but Bob Brown at Cotswold Garden Flowers insists that it is not. Unfortunately, he isn't able to offer a better name at present. It came through the winter in a pot without problems, and has produced four flowers already this year, so I think it is hardy here!
I was starting to think this was the only Typhonium that had survived, but in the last couple of days both T.giganteum and T.diversifolium have appeared above ground (along with the autumn flowering Arum), and if they flower (not very likely with the T.diversifolium), they will appear here later!

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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