When Cyclamen, Hedychium and Crinum commend themselves for inclusion you know where in the year you are. It’ll soon be Nerine season.
Last week I included my new shed as an item. This week I emptied the much bigger shed it is to replace and have an empty space for the new glasshouse that arrives next Thursday. Much of the stuff displaced to build the new shed is still displaced and has now been joined by a lot of as yet un-rehomed stuff from the old shed. It’s chaos. Sue’s away, which is just as well.
Cyclamen hederifolium. A month ago I collected seed from this and other cyclamens around the garden. They should be germinating any time now, I’m checking every day; what’s that thing about a watched pot? This particular group of plants has a hard time; they’re right under my big Taxus, which would be tough enough in itself but it also provides a dry carpet of fallen leaves that the cats find very comfortable. With a coat like hers, Bobbie brings a fair bit of it indoors with her.
Hedychium ‘Assam Orange’. A couple of days ago I thought to sniff this; nothing. Yesterday evening at nine o’clock, I tried again and it had a strong scent. That’s twice I’ve had scent in about twenty years of growing it. Is it night scented? I must be more systematic in checking. This is not the showiest Hedychium but is very hardy and a reliable flowerer.
Garlic chives, Allium tuberosum. This had been grown for many years in a pot but last year I decide I’d plant it out. It’s a lot happier and is quite pretty in flower. We do use it for cooking but hardly enough for that to be the main reason we have it.
Crinum powellii. There isn’t another plant I grow that gets so close to being oiked out as just not worth the bother of trying to keep the S&S off it. The other thing I’ve considered is potting it. The first flower spike was utterly shredded, fortunately it put up a couple more.
For years I have been aware of the existence of hybrid slipper orchids that are supposed to be robust and fairly easy garden plants, unlike the species, most of which are a challenge. The price has always put me off; until now. I was looking at various bulb suppliers’ lists online and Avon Bulbs were listing Cypripedium ‘Gisela’. I ordered three and on Thursday they arrived. I was pleasantly surprised, they were much bigger than I’d expected, with four or five buds each. I’d bought three Bletillas last year, which looked to have settled in well but only managed one flower spike between them this year. I cleared a small area which gets some sun, moved one Bletilla into it and planted two Cypripedium crowns beside it. The third Cypripedium went where the Bletilla had come from, a more shady spot. Because it is an orchid the cultivar name is actually a grex name, applying to the progeny of a particular cross, which can be somewhat variable. Thus I won’t know for certain what I have until they flower, which I expect to be in May next year. They are underneath the two white labels.
Fuchsia splendens cordifolia or F. ‘Karl Hartweg’. The last time I include this was November 2017, which had been a typical flowering time for it, unless it got frosted first, in which case it didn’t flower. Last year and this it has flowered much earlier, in spite of having been killed to the ground in the winter so that it had to grow up first. We have had plants in pots that didn’t die back and they seem to flower most of the time. I wasn’t sure of the name then and I still haven’t unravelled it.
There’s a spell of rain forecast for this morning, then I’m laying blocks for my greenhouse base. Who said gardening was relaxing.
Relief on Saturdays comes in the form of frequent checks to see who else has posted a link in The Propagator’s comments section, that being the window on a worldwide weekend snapshot of gardens.