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23rd May 2010

Ranunculus repens 'Pleniflorus'.
As the weather has warmed up this week I have been rushing to get things planted in the herbaceous border. It is rapidly turning into a home for the displaced. The creeping buttercup forms have started to flower and so I am moving them to new locations, where they can trail and spread to their hearts content.
This double flowered form is a delightful thing which spreads rapidly but not offensively through other plants and then produces occasional perfect flowers. If it produced seed it would be a hazard.

23rd May 2010

Disa Unikewbet.
Having spent all my spare time this week thrashing about with a spade and some buckets, it was a nice surprise to get into the greenhouse and find the first of the Disa in flower. This is a complex hybrid and it is intermediate between its many parents and consequently it is rather a moderate thing. Moderate colour, moderate height, moderate sized flower but wonderful and early!
Currently it really stands out in the greenhouse, but over the next few weeks it will be joined by some more extreme members of the genus and it may fade ionto the background a bit. Seedlings from it could be interesting because of their complex heritage.

23rd May 2010

Albuca humilis .
After years of appreciating this little bulb I finally got around to buying a couple of other species last year and I am curious to see if they perform as well. I got this one by accident - the seed was supposed to be a Zephyranthes , and I think some of it probably was, because in a few months when these white flowers are over, a few pink Zephyranthes flowers will appear in the pot. That sort of confusion would normally drive me to distraction but in this case I find it curiously charming. The bulbs are now getting quite crowded in the pot so I will soon have to split them up, at which stage I will probably sort out the mixture. In the meantime I enjoy the "free" Albuca and later on the Zephyranthes will be a bonus.

23rd May 2010

Roscoea cautleyoides 'Early Yellow'.
I am sure I have mentioned before the depressing period for gingers during April. The Hedychium are still not showing and you have to hope they are dormant rather than dead. The Roscoea are in the same category. Rows and rows of empty looking pots. It is frighteningly easy to convince yourself that they are all dead. The phrase 'Early Yellow' in this case is just the plants way of taunting me. It is among the first of the R.cautleyoides forms to flower, but there are many others open at the same time, and this is hardly early.
Last week I finally saw some little noses peep up from the pots, and this week I have flowers, so 'Quick Yellow' might have been a better name. Now that the ginger season has started I am finding signs of new growth all around, so they have survived another year.

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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