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Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: Another visit to the Alpine House at Kew in late March

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Started by: John Humphries

March is such a busy month in the alpine house I thought it would be worth a second visit this month.

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Contribution from John Humphries 30 March 2007, 23:07top / bottom of page
Spring sunshine at Kew

Significant numbers of visitors passing through the new Davies house at Kew. Whatever people think of the planting space restrictions when compared to the old house. There is certainly the impression that it is drawing the crowds.

Spring sunshine at Kew

At times it can appear as if busloads have been dropped off at the door. Comments range widely from the extremely well informed to those clearly enjoying one of their first encounters with alpines.

Clearly the house is a success with the visitors.

Here is an experiment with a couple of pictures.

I would appreciate any views on inserting a few of these round pictures asopposed to the traditional shapes.

Here is an experiment with a couple of pictures.

The simple Armeria denticulata, perfectly suited to demonstrate the format.

Onto more serious stuff.

Cypripedium formosanum

This appears perfectly hardy in our southern mild climate. Outside in the garden it increases steadily although it is a couple of weeks behind this under glass specimen.

Cypripedium formosanum

The only problem I find is that the occasional late mid April frost can brown the flowers, so it pays to watch the forecast and use the fleece.

Another beauty which is a couple of weeks ahead of its garden equivalent.

Trillium pusillum var pusillum
Trillium pusillum var pusillum
Iris babadagica

This would be another for a round image as a single flower...comments??

Iris babadagica
Cyclamen creticum

Permanent planting in a sunny crevice.

Cyclamen creticum
Draba longisiliqua

Another crevice dweller but in a less exposed aspect

Draba longisiliqua
Linum doefleri

Permanent planting and putting on a splendid display.

Linum doefleri
Moraea tricuspidata
Moraea tricuspidata
Calochortus uniflorus
Calochortus uniflorus

There's lots more to add later, but get along to Wisley or Kew yourself to see many plants at their peak if you can.

Let me have views on the "Portraits" and I'll stop or do more of the same for some appropriate close ups.

Here's a last one for comparison of the two styles although foliage also plays a part here.

Fritillaria tubiformis
Fritillaria tubiformis

Contribution from John Humphries 07 April 2007, 21:00top / bottom of page
Well the feedback said not to bother with the portholes!

So here are a few more Frits in 'Normal' view.

Well the feedback said not to bother with the port
Above, F. affinis var tristolis

Below F michailovskye

Above, F. affinis var tristolis
Below Frit montana
Below Frit montana
Below Frit sewerzowii
Below Frit sewerzowii

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