Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: Flowering in January 2014
Started by: Helen JohnstoneGo to latest contribution by Margaret Young, 31 January 2014, 17:20. Go to bottom of this page.
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Narcissus romieuxii subsp, Albidus v. Zaianicus
Lovely plant Helen - with a wonderfully involved name. I've tried some of these quite successfully outside in the sand bed.
its a great name isn't it, trips off the tongue. I don't have a sand bed yet but I am hoping to get a bulb frame for next winter. I bought them last weekend so new to me
I took advantage of a brief dry spell earlier in the week to take the camera out and look for flowers in the frames and greenhouse.
It isn't really thriving, but at least in my re-built frame the slugs haven't found it yet.
In the frame opposite, which gets more sun, Lady Beatrice Stanley is already in full bloom.
Another plant I don't grow very well, but it seems to be doing a bit better since I moved it to a semi-shaded frame, and has flowered for the first time for 3 years.
In the greenhouse this lovely cream form of Cyrtanthus mackenii is flowering. And it is producing two more flowering shoots, so I should have flowers for a little while yet.
Also in the greenhouse, a pot of Cyclamen peloponnesiacum which flowered in April last year. Sheer perversity I expect.
But the plant of the moment, in full flower for the last six weeks, is this lovely clematis stretched over our front porch. Hardly an alpine, but it's fantastic to have so much flower at this time of year.
It has got up to the roof on one side of the house, and tangled round the telephone line, which I am going to have to do something about, and has leapt the gap into next door's laburnum on the other, which I don't mind at all.
what a fabulous clematis. As someone who is heading rapidly towards the point of needing to consider a bulb frame I wonder if you would consider sharing some photos of yours and tips?
Spectacular Clematis, Jon !
|"Contribution from Helen Johnstone 29 January 2014, 18:23||top / bottom of page|
I don't have a sand bed yet but I am hoping to get a bulb frame for next winter. "
Some great detailed advice on making a plunge bed from Anne Wright ( one of the Speakers that the AGS Birmingham Bulb Day in February ) here ; http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=8605.0 sizes can be changed, of course.
Plenty reports of plunge beds in Ian Young's Bulb Log Diary too ( another of the Sepakers at the AGS Brimingham Event, giving the Roy Eliott Lecture) here : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=bulb
- there is an index available too, http://www.srgc.org.uk/bulblog/index.pdf
It's amazing how many great little bulbs can be grown in such beds - Martin R. might share more about his, mentioned in another thread on the subject :