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25th April 2010

Dendrobium moniliforme 'Raizen' .
A bright week in the garden has been cooled by a refreshing breeze, and indicated a change in the warm weather. Last night it finally rained and the garden is looking much better for it already. Also, I have planted a half dozen new Magnolia at the top of the garden, and it has saved struggling up the hill with buckets of water which is very pleasing.
For many years I have been looking for plants of Dendrobium moniliforme, it is said to be the hardiest of the species. It is grown in Japan by fanciers, and will take a frost in winter if it is dry. I thought that it might prosper in the conservatory. Further research shows that it is found widely in warm temperate East Asia which explains why it has sulked through the summer at low temperatures and only really cheered up when I put it in a warm growing case.
Earlier in the year I bought the white flowered 'Phyllis', but claim no credit for flowering it, since I bought it in bud. This pink one came from an orchid show last spring, so I can take some slight credit (but if I am honest, the cane that is flowering was already mature when I got it). Long term success will depend on growing strong new canes during the summer - both will probably stay in the growing case for a while yet. It has a surprisingly strong spicy scent, bordering on pungent

25th April 2010

Gladiolus huttonii .
For some reason I have had a couple of months without Gladiolus flowers (as far as I am aware anyway, I have been a bit distracted). This week they have re-appeared and are very welcome. I was at Wisley yesterday (briefly anyway) and G.alatus had just reached perfection in the alpine house. When I got home, I had this pretty little plant in flower. The species comes from sandstone slopes in the Southeastern Cape, but my plants don't agree very closely with pictures of the species online, and I think these are probly hybrids with G.tristis. I didn't get much seed from it last year, and that might be the reason.

25th April 2010

Arisaema ringens .
There has been a sudden movement from the tuberous aroids this week and a great many have emerged from the ground, mostly flower buds first. I still have a number of empty looking pots, and I'm hoping that the winter damage hasn't been too severe. No Amorphophallus yet, but it is still quite early.
This Arisaema emerged a couple of weeks ago and the flowers have just opened. This is my green flowered form, I have another with much darker purple brown flowers not showing any signs of growth as yet. Last year I started the process of moving them all into decent sized pots, and I have to continue with the rest as they emerge. They had become rather starved and pot-bound and those that have been moved on have responded with vigorous new growth.

25th April 2010

Stylophorum lasiocarpum .
Sometimes the garden produces surprises that take some time to understand. This popped up as a seedling in a pot of Smilacina oleracea and caused some confusion. When it germinated, I though it was a radish, but then found it had orange sap. When it flowered, I had a vague feeling that it was a Stylophorum, but it is not a genus I have ever grown before and it took some time to confirm (because I had lost Chris Grey-Wilson's 'Poppies'). Long story short I found it again, it is Stylophorum lasiocarpum, free seeding, occasionally weedy species from woodland in Central and Eastern China and it will be welcome under the trees here. I will have to collect seed and evict the parent. Not unreasonably, the Smilacina wants its pot back.

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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