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3rd July 2011

Disa Russet Beauty
we seem to have slipped into July with the aplomb of an olive into a martini and it would be nice to think that the summer season was well underway. Unfortunately some of the star performers will not be appearing this year. The Canna are probably all dead, certainly nothing above ground yet, and those Colocasia that survived are still hanging around death's door.
Fortunately a few things have been a bit mopre reliable. The Disa didn't have a good year but I only lost a couple of species. Once I had cleared out the pots I started to check the details and found that it was the lowland species that had died. Big surprise. Might have been helpful to check on that before I killed them, but we live and learn.
The hybrids are just coming into flower, and those that aren't are being divided and repotted. It needed doing last year and got put off in autumn, which was probably a good thing as it turned out. This is one of the best dark reds that I have but I can't trace any details about it, which usually means there has been an error in labelling somewhere along the way. With short stems and bright red flowers it is clearly quite close to D.uniflora.

3rd July 2011

Hemerocallis 'Gusto'
The Hemerocallis have been promising great things for weeks now, but only the odd bud has opened so there hasn't been a great display. The main season is getting underway and the beds are starting to look colourful. I grow a lot of rather old varieties (this now qualifies as old in my eyes, it was raised before I was born) and they seem to be more tolerant of neglect than the newer ones. Unfortunately, neglect has been the key feature of the last year. I needed to plant the potted collection out last year and there just wasn't time. Hopefully if it continues to rain, I can get some of them out in the next few weeks and they will be very relieved.

3rd July 2011

Impatiens flemingii
Last year I was sent a small bundle of seedling Impatiens which I potted carefully aand stood in the greenhouse. I was told they were the annual I.amphorata but as they grew it became clear that there were a number of different things mixed together. Unfortunately I already spend as much time as I want to trying to keep annual species going and prevent them from invading, so I left them in the greenhouse and rather ignored them. They straggled up into flower and I assumed that was the last I would see of them. I hadn't realised that the seed had been spread as far as the Cycad pots, so now I get to enjoy them all over again.
This one comes from the North-west Himalayas and has delicate pink flowers. Last year it was thin and weedy and didn't make much impact. This year it is a bit more substantial, but still isn't making much impact so I'm not getting over-excited. It looks like it will continue popping up here and there until one year it just disappears. I would like to think I would notice its absence but I'm not sure.

3rd July 2011

Rosa 'Sweet Wishes'
My garden has a rather dank and humid climate (in common with most of Cornwall) and is not best suited to roses. In some ways this is fortunate. I'm not a great lover of them, there are too many that have disease issues which spoil the season. They would prefer more heat and less moisture. In recent years I have been quietly enjoying the scent of a few of them and there are one or two of the older varieties that seem to resist diseases well enough to be worth bothering with. Fortunately in recent years rose breeders have finally escaped from the clutches of the 1950's hybrid tea rose, and started to produce plants that work in modern gardens.
I have been impressed by the modern Patio Roses. They stay small, flower freely all summer and are fairly free of disease. Naturally, they aren't all good. I have seen some real stinkers, but they disappear from the market very quickly. Retailers can't afford to stock plants that will defoliate through stress or disease and so the mass market for potted plants is doing gardeners a great favour by weeding out unsuitable plants.
I have enjoyed 'Sweet Wishes'. I may well plant some more. I have been impressed by 'Peachy' in the nurseries recently, and if i can get on top of the weeding I may well give it a try.

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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