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Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: January alpines at Rosemoor

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Here's Rosemoor's Alpine House in Jan 07

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Contribution from Ben Probert 20 January 2007, 19:25top / bottom of page
So I find myself at Rosemoor.....

I spent today at Rosemoor, taking in an excellent talk by Christopher Bailes about Hollies and of course visiting the alpine house! Here's a few photos for your enjoyment.

Looks like the taxonomists got to this alpine gem- Narcissus bulbocodium ssp. bulbocodium var. bulbocodium x 'Jessamy'

I ususally don't particularly gravitate towards Primulas, but this cultivar 'John Fielding' really grabbed my attention. Each flower is easily more than an inch across.

This rather nice pot full of 'John Fielding' was one of many spread around the alpine display.

Primula 'Scneekissen' is a plant I have met before in a garden setting, but it seems to be a good subject for the alpine house. (The dots on the petals are compost- these were the cleanest!)

Sempervivum 'Bronco' looking gorgeous in the winter sun.

With all this recent stormy weather the alpine house is the best place to see bulbs such as these Crocus sieberi 'Atticus'.

Just look at the different forms of Cyclamen hederifolium in this pan of seedlings. The flowers almost detract from these beautifully marked leaves!

The flower definately doesn't detract from this Cyclamen pseudoibericum; small, silver leaves make an excellent accompanyment for these delicate flowers.

Massonia depressa seedling- I get the feeling that the alpine team at Rosemoor are getting adventurous with their South African stuff. We'll have to wait and see.....

Earlier on this month John Humphries gave us a wonderful tour of the Alpine House at Kew. One of the things I was particularly glad to see was Whiteheadia bifolia, a close reletive of Massonia. This Eucomis lookalike is one of those things I'm aiming to grow one day. In the meantime here it is at Rosemoor! Sadly though it looks like they have had a slug attack recently so this was not in the best condition!



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