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26th July 2009
Begonia grandis sinensis .
A week full of unexpected obstacles and opportunities. I am still levelling ground with the digger, so the rain that was threatened was a problem, but it didn't
materialise so I made a lot of progress. The rain arrived this morning, and as a consequence this page was very nearly filled with waterlilies, and that is a
Usually, I would have a stack of pictures ready by the weekend, but this week I have been busy, so I have taken some this morning in the greenhouse
to escape the pouring rain. This Begonia has just started to flower and it is looking good under cover. I grow a couple of forms of "evansiana"
( which is now properly Begonia grandis ssp grandis ) and it performs well, but never makes me happy. Perhaps I have never quite got conditions right,
but it is an interesting rather than favourite plant. This subspecies is a very similar plant in all respects, but it seems to get exactly right all of the little details that
B.grandis grandis gets slightly wrong. Perhaps I'm just being picky!
26th July 2009
Eucomis bicolor .
Most of the Eucomis grow just inside the greenhouse door, and at this time of the year I am greeted by the smell of the flowers as I go in. The individual flowers are
very pretty, but I think they are probably fly pollinated, the smell was clearly not intended to attract butterflies.
I grew a lot of seedlings a few years ago, but got bored with them and planted them out in the garden (where they are slowly being strangled by brambles). The few I kept in pots
are showing significant variability in flower and some have much nicer markings than others, so I should really make an effort to select the best.
Last weekend I was at Kew doing some photographs of waterlilies, among other things. The Waterlily house was packed with people and so hot that a manned expedition to the
surface of the sun no longer seems impossible (given some factor 20,000 sunblock and a few pairs of asbestos NASA sandals). I have never seen it so full.
Long story short(er), I was doing some reckless close ups when the lense on the camera siezed solid and refuses to unlock (I have tried everything short of
tickling it with a Dodo feather) so that is the end of that camera! You would have had to look at a the pictures of waterlilies I managed to take before
the catastrophe, but a new camera arrived in the week and by next week I will probably understand how to work it!
26th July 2009
Gladiolus garnieri .
This Gladiolus has done well in a pot - I have managed to divide it into several plants and they are all coming into flower now.
It is said to have originated in Madagascar but I am having trouble convincing myself that it is different from the widespread G.dalenii
(one parent of the modern garden Gladiolus). The summer
growing Gladiolus species are all producing flower spikes at the moment so there will be flowers for several months yet, but the first leaves of the
winter growing bulbs are just starting to push through the ground. I woke up to drizzle this morning, and leapt out of bed to move the digger
away from the newly excavated soil before it turned into a mud bath, and took the opportunity to check for Cyclamen flowers. Nothing showing yet
under the trees, but I don't think they can be far away and they will herald the autumn.
26th July 2009
Zephyranthes 'Confection' .
A gigantic flowered hybrid that has performed well - I bought a number of new American cultivars last year and their performance has been variable. This one
has produced large pink edged flowers and 'Confection' suits it perfectly. I don't have bursting potfuls of flowers yet but it has increased and the few flowers
have been welcome. Some of the others have been a bit feeble - they have come through the winter, but not produced much more than a few
dull leaves though they might have been building up subterranean reserves. Seed of some new species that I sowed in spring is just germinating
and if past experience is anything to go by, will be wrongly named!
If things go according to plan, next week I can return to gardening with a spade rather than a Massey Furgusson.
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