Thursday, 26 April 2012

Budding Beauties


A flower bud holds a lot of promise. Promise of a favourite flower opening on a sunny day to expose an explosion of garish colour. Or in the case of the photo above (Cypripedium Pueblo) promise of a new exiting beauty you have never seen before. There are several things in bud in the garden at the moment and they are heightening the suspense waiting for them to swell grow and open.


I feared for this little Calceolaria Uniflora darwinii when I first got it. The plant was small and the root system even smaller. It was almost impossible to find good information on how to grow it on line. In many ways I am winging it with this one. But not only is it tentatively starting to grow new rosettes (in the leaf axles) it is actually forming a bud in the heart of the rosette. The flowers of this little plant are of such bizarre strangeness and beauty that I cannot wait for it to open, even though this may take quite a bit of time yet.


Meconopsis punicea has been in bud for a while. Although you cannot see it in this photo, there are already three buds on there and I expect this number to grow. Everyday the central bud seems to grow fatter and the stem that carries it taller. Where the Meconopsis Lingholm and Meconnopsis Betonifolia are still small and putting all their energy in growing their foliage, this little plant is rearing to go.


I was charmed last year with the images of big purple globes of firework of the Allium Globemaster. The Chelsea flowershow coverage on the BBC was filled with them so I thought I would try them in the garden. I must say I find the foliage a bit annoying, big floppy leaves that take up lots of space and some of the Alliums seem effected by a pest of some sort because I am sure the leaves are not meant to be that floppy. But this bud holds a lot of promise. The promise of a flower that resembles purple fireworks the size of softball.


This bud feels like cheating since it is from a newly purchased Clematis Armandii 'Snowdrift'. Nevertheless I would like to see its intense white flowers and smell its supposedly almondy perfume.

Update: Cypripedium Pueblo now in flower.

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