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15th November 2009

Aristolochia 'Kewensis' .
More rain this week. Almost an inch fell yesterday if the weather forecasters are to be believed. It is keeping the temperatures up a bit but there is a feeling in the garden that it is all about to end in tears! Maybe we will remain frost free until the new year, but it isn't a thing to rely on.
This Aristolochia was in flower when I bought it during the summer and has now started to produce a second flush of buds. There was a break during late summer, when I was removing every new growth and rooting it in the propagator, so not surprisingly I lost the flowers. It is probably tender. I am planning to move this one indoors as soon as the weather starts to threaten serious cold, but for the moment I am happy to leave it outside. I am trying a few species of Aristolochia this year and I have been pleased with their summer performance, so now it is a question of waiting to see how they make it through the winter.

15th November 2009

Fascicularia bicolor bicolor .
The Fascicularia are suffering a bit, and need more space and more care, but other (less prickly) things have distracted me this year. Regardless of my lack of care, they are coming into flower and if I pay them some attention in the spring the new offsets should grow away well.
Grown primarily for the bright red bracts, which remain in good condition for weeks, I have started to value the bright blue flowers which don't last for long, but are quite stunning. There is some variation in colour, and I like this bright blue, but there is a paler form around as well. There are a couple of Puya outside with them as well, but if I am honest the ones growing in the greenhouse are performing much better.

15th November 2009

Nerine 'Mother of Pearl' .
The Nerine have been good this year, and as a result I have been pollinating like mad and chasing up new cultivars. As a result I now have a lot of seed to sow, and nowhere to put it. Today I started moving the Clivia seedlings out of the greenhoue and back under the benches in the conservatory (where they will be a bit warmer) and the plan is to sow the seed in the free space - and worry about the spring when it happens. Seed of N.filifolia that I sowed about six weeks ago is now germinating. I tried to hybridise it with some N.bowdenii pollen but all the seedlings so far look very thin leaved so I don't think I succeded.
Many years ago I bought a bulb of 'Mother of Pearl' as a dry pre-pack, and when it flowered it was screaming pink, instead of the white that it should have been. I thought I had included a picture in the index, but it looks like it was so wrong that I didn't bother. This year I saw it on sale again, and the bulbs were all distinctively silvery, so I had hoped that it might be correctly named this time. No such luck I'm afraid. This shiny salmon flower is a wonderful thing, but it isn't the white I was hoping for.

15th November 2009

Petrocosmea minor .
A fortnight ago I saw this looking magnificent at Wisley. A great fat rosette supporting a cushion of purple flowers. It's a great little plant. It inspired me to come home and check out how my plants were doing, and wonder of wonders, I have a flower!
The Ramonda have done rather poorly since I moved them inside, and for a long time I though it was because I divided them at the same time, but I think they just don't like the greenhouse. When I get a minute I am building a bench in the shade for them. In contrast, the Petrocosmea are flourishing, and the Haberlea are doing much better under cover than they did outside. I am still chasing some of the other species. I would like to say I could grow them from seed, but repeated experience has demonstrated that I can't!

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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