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8th August 2010

Magnolia sieboldii .
A hot week that has felt wet, but there hasn't actually been much rain so a few things in pots have needed more water than they got.
It is a quiet time in the garden, all the spring flowers are over and I have been enjoying other peoples Eucryphia in flower and wondering why I don't have more (the perfect choice to replace some of the unwanted Field Maples). This Magnolia was a surprise - I might easily have overlooked it but I am working on the border immediately underneath it and it is quite powerfully scented.
I seem to have as many flowers now as I had in spring. Perhaps the long dry spring inspired it to produce a second flush of buds, ot perhaps it is one of those species that always sputter on through the summer. More Magnolia should also go on the list. I planted a second one of these in spring, but now I am looking for a place to plant a grove.

8th August 2010

Anemone x hybrida .
Last week I had no Cyclamen, this week I have a dozen or so, with the promise of hundreds. I went out with the camera just to get a picture and discovered that on a sunny day in the middle of august there is not enough light under the tree canopy for the camera to work without a flash. I had been meaning to thin out some of the branches, and it is clearly time.
The Anemone was an unexpected reminder of autumn. I have seen them about in nurseries, but I had forgotten these ones, planted among the Hellebores to extend the season of interest. It seemed like a good idea at the time. In theory I can mow the whole bed in October when the Anemone finish flowering without doing any harm, and clear the ground before the Hellebore flowers start to emerge. It's a theory.
I planted three, but so far I can only see one, so they may not approve of the mowing!

8th August 2010

Crinum x powellii 'Album' .
A sensational bulb, the white form has much better shaped flowers than my pink one, but they are both excellent at the moment, and doing much better now they are out of pots. My pink ones came from a garden in Sussex (thank you Irene) where the great clumps marched in ranks down the garden like Burnham Woods. The owner said I could have as many as I wanted to dig. I managed five bulbs - they went down eighteen inches through solid clay. I can be quite determined, but as I was slowly coated in thick grey mud I finally had to admit defeat. I could have had them marching in their hundreds along the herbaceous border, but at an hour per bulb, I would still be excavating.
The white one I bought from Bob Brown. Much more sensible.

8th August 2010

Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra'.
I'm not a great lover of campanula-purple. It is a very long reminiscence about my grandmother (if I can have a reminiscence about someone who was dead before I was born?) Fortunately it isn't relevant because I do like Platycodon. I grew it as a teenager when anything that sounded greek was exotic and alluring. Over the years it has come and gone a few times, but a brush with a magnificent clump at Kew in July inspired me to try again. This is a pink version of 'Astra', which is a stunted little pot plant strain, but I think it is lovely.
I have had it for two days, and I wouldn't normally show a newcomer on this page but slugs and rabbits both like it as much as I do. I planted it on friday night and I wasn't expecting to see it on saturday morning, but it's still with me.
It is possible that planting it in a bucket of sand has temporarily confused the slugs, and the rabbits are clearly occupied reducing my Phlox to stumps. Unfortunately, that job is now almost complete so they will be looking for employment elsewhere...

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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