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2nd September 2012
Hedychium densiflorum UK4
The weatherman grimly intones that summer is over, at least for statistical purposes. He has the same smile as the crocodile watching the Wildebeest cross the Mara River. He can imagine the tide of holidaymakers migrating to the south-west to be devoured in the autumn rain. On a lighter note the wind shifted to the south and I was able to light the bonfire. Tra-la-la.
Cold enough to put a winter duvet on the bed but still warm enough to wake up at 4.00 am and take it off again.
The Hedychium that were moved outside in spring have done far better than the ones still in the greenhouse. They were slower to get started but made up the ground rapidly once they were moving. If I had anywhere flat to stand them, they would all come out for a couple of months. I have a feeling that a couple more trees will have to come out to make space.
This is one of the clones of H.densiflorum that David Constantine gathered together for assessment because they were growing well in gardens in the UK. In the greenhouse it has had pinkish flowers, but outside they have been much paler, bordering on pale apricot. It reminds me a bit of the Ludlow, Sherriff and Hicks collection LS&H 17393 from Bhutan which is also hardy and as pale in tone as aforementioned holidaymakers sitting in their shorts at a beachside cafe watching their scones absorbing raindrops.
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