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21st November 2010

Hedychium 'Filigree'.
The garden has had a quiet week so it was a surprise to hear on the news that Cornwall had suffered heavy flooding and that road and rail links had been cut. It passed overhead here in the night and rattled the windows a bit. Fortunately, I'm near the top of the hill so the closest I've been to flooding so far has been watching water from the storm drains flowing down the street. On one occasion I might just have managed to scrape down the pavement in a canoe, but I decided not to try.
Meantime the autumn has ground to a halt and there is a sense of expectation that at any moment we might be hit by a serious frost. There are only a couple of flower heads left on the Hedychium and a few developing flower cones. A couple of months of mild weather would allow them to develop, but it might not happen!

21st November 2010

Nerine 'Amy Doncaster' .
The Nerine are also coming to an end. So far, not as much seed developing on the hybrids as I had hoped, but I will pollinate everything again next week and see what happens. Either way it won't be a catastrophe - I have too many pots of developing seedlings already, but it's always nice to have something new coming on.
This is a hybrid between N.sarniensis and (presumably) N.bowdeni. Unlike most other hybrids of that parentage it retains the look, and to some extent the colour of N.sarniensis. I'm not expecting it to be fertile, but I will pollinate it anyway and see what happens.

21st November 2010

Schlumbergera 'Gold Charm'.
Autumn in the garden, but winter seems to have reached the greenhouse. The first flowers in the Schlumbergera have opened. For the moment this is going to be a 'winter' cactus, because I'm not ready to use the 'C' word yet. This seems to be the strongest growing of the winter cactus hybrids. It isn't the best colour of the yellow hybrids, though it improves if it is kept warm, but it is the most reliable.
During last winter many of the older plants lost branches to botrytis, so I am pleased they have recovered well enough to flower. Most of the smaller plants are coming into the house this year just to be on the safe side and 'Gold Charm' might come with them just to give it a chance to recover from the near freezing temperatures it usually has to survive. I was given cuttings of a number of new plants in the spring and as they come into flower the process of identifying them begins. Hopefully there will be some distinctive ones among them.

21st November 2010

Fuchsia excorticata .
A few weeks ago I cut down some large conifers that were sheltering a corner of the garden, and as a result a few of the shrubs underneath have produced an exuberant flush of growth. I had forgotten I still grew Fuchsia 'Diana Wright' and Graham Hutchins pink fruited form of Aristotelia fruticosa, both very pleasing.
Fuchsia excorticata has been tucked under their shelter for many years, and in January I usually seek it out to look for the odd flowers springing directly from the old stems. This year the additional light has meant it is already in flower, looking as good as I have ever seen it. I could wait until mid-winter before showing it here, but it is also a little more exposed now, so it might be a bit more prone to winter damage.
The first of the Camellia has now opened (and been eaten by a deer) but no sign Narcissus yet in the garden, though they can't be far away. Next week I must move some of the tender things inside and settle things in for the winter. Hopefully, like the flooding, winter will be over before I realise it has happened.

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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