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31st January 2010

Asarum caudigerum var. cardiophyllum .
Springlike weather all week, which of course means wild fluctuation between extremes rather than anything stable and mellow. Cold winds and showers, then a perfect beautiful day yesterday and an inch of hailstones this morning!
I have been watching the Asarum filled with the trepidation of winter. I repotted them all into a new mix this summer so there is always the fear that they will object, struggle, sulk or drop dead.
The first flowers bring the optimism of spring into the greenhouse - whatever else happens I haven't killed them all!
This small brown flower (I have seen it called 'peach', which is 'poetic') has been expanding from a hairy bud for a couple of weeks and is now at its best.

31st January 2010

Galanthus 'Lady Elphinstone' .
The meadow has been alive with untreadable patches as the snowdrops form large clumps under the trees. This week 'Lady Elphinstone' has risen up into flower and I can finally see where all the clumps are.
The first all have green flowers. Last year it was the later flowers, probably the second flower from each bulb, that produced yellow markings, and it will be interesting to see if it repeats the pattern this year. I don't have a good reliable yellow snowdrop and I should make an effort to rectify that this year.

31st January 2010

Hamamelis mollis .
The earliest of the Hamamelis this year have been the red hybrids, which was unexpected. I have been waiting for the bright yellow form to lighten up the garden, and this pretty scented species has been the first. 'Pallida' will be more spectacular, the buds are swelling on the branches but they will not be at their best for a week or so.
This plant only went into the ground last spring so I wasn't expection much in the way of flower but it produced little in the way of new growth last year and seems to have put its energies into more flowers.Perhaps this year it will put some effort into extra growth.

31st January 2010

Rubus spectabilis .
Among the precious things of spring, small and frail and entirely inflated with ooh's and aah's, there is a thug in the garden. It is vigorous and cheery through the summer and then produces these unexpected pink flowers in the earliest part of the season. The earliest flowers are often malformed and get damaged easily. By April they will be large, lush, rounded and almost pointless. It is these tiny specks of glowing pink at the start of the year that make it a welcome thug however freely it spreads, suckers and generally strives to occupy space that was intended for something more precious.
I have tried to be enthusiastic about the double flowered form, but it comes later in the year when it is no longer needed!

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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