Hello, good morning and welcome to the worst pun you'll ever read. And if you're not a British child of the Seventies you'll be even more flummoxed (unless Trumpton was syndicated around the globe). You'd never think writing headlines is part of my job - for a proper paper too!
Anyway, before we head back to west London and the alpine and glass houses at Kew (don't worry, no pictures of giant botanical penises this time), a brief update on things up here on the roof. The first blooms on Clematis "Niobe" are beginning to open, which is great, although the shade is very much purple rather than the red in the catalogue. It's a hybrid and therefore a genetic clone, so perhaps it reddens as it ages.
|Clematis "Niobe", the first of four varieties to bloom on my Clematis tower|
My project to own one of every species of Meconopsis (except cambrica, the Welsh Poppy, which I consider little more than a weed) continues apace with the germination of one seedling of M. integrifolia.
So I hope to go from this...
|Can you see it? It's in the middle|
I think this afternoon might have to be spent pricking out Digitalis obscura. They're still a little on the wee side but so were the Verbascums and Primula candelabra species and, while it was a horrible fiddly job to pot them on, the others went from sluggish to full of beans instantly.
|I can just about handle these seed leaves with my great podgy hands and the pricking out treatment worked wonders for the other seedlings, which emerged around the same time|
|Instant boost: these seedlings have a much better chance of making it through the winter since they were revitalised by a change of compost and their own personal space!|
|Ahem, excuse the focus, I'm wearing my specs today which makes photography tricky|
Part The Second: Kew Two
Right, this is the bit you've been waiting for: the rest of the Kew photos I took yesterday. As I recall we were in the alpine house and about to have a look at some crocuses and things ...
|Ipheion hirtellum, from Uruguay and Argentina. A bit of a straggly mess of a plant but the individual blooms are pretty special!|
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gramineae with red veining on smaller flowers
(here's a little reminder). Below is exactly the same
species but a more robust form with far larger
flowers and no markings. I prefer the daintier
version but I wouldn't chuck either out of the bulb
frame for passing wind!
|Crocus goulimyi from sothern Greece (the Mani peninsula and Peloponnese)|
|Crocus tournefortii, also from southern Greece. It can be grown outside if you happen to have any rocky scrubland in your garden but is best under cover|