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Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: The Alpine House at Kew in February 2007

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Contribution from John Humphries 04 February 2007, 10:30top / bottom of page
At last, bright winter sunshine

Having a good wander round Kew does a lot to lift the spirits, especially on a cold sunny winter day.

At last, bright winter sunshine

As always at this time of year the alpine house has much to offer.

First I though I'd start by dispelling a myth. Having a chat with Katie Price, the young lady responsible for the planting and maintenance of the house, I was surprised to realise just how little of the space is taken up with plunge planting.

There are only 2 plunge beds, one on either side, the rest is permanent planting.

The larger of these, on the left as you descend through to the rock garden.

The other, is only the lower area in the image above.

Rockface planting

With the new season, the north face of the rocky outcrop on the left has now been planted up. I'll take a look at that in subsequent months to see how it develops.

Rockface planting

Here you can see some seedling Draba rigida and P. allionii best suited to this micro environment.

As you can see the other permanent planting is doing very well after only one season.

If you visit just now, you may be surprised to see that in both the plunge beds the lips of pots are visible. This is no mistake as it allowed the watering regime of these particular plants to be observed.

Here you see Iris nicolai, a variable Juno species from NE Afganistan which needs the foliage to be kept dry.

Apologies, they were meant to be side by side for comparison.

That's better. Will add a few more later.

Contribution from John Humphries 04 February 2007, 12:12top / bottom of page

A couple more Juno Iris. The very beautiful I.aucheri, again quite variable from rocky land and sometimes in fields around Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. Better in a house but possible outside in a sheltered warm site.

A hybrid of this(syn I.sindjarensis) with I. persica. Iris x sindpers.

Now a comparison of two Ipheion, as shown last month 'Rolf Fiedler' on left and 'Jessie'

Rolf was photographed a couple of weeks ago on a shady day and Jessie in bright conditions. Jessie seemed a more solid blue to the naked eye.

A yellow colchicum

This a hybrid C. kesselringii x luteum

The muscari season is beginning, here is M. neglectum

Finally some hyacinths,

This Hyacinthella glabrescens from dry slopes in Turkey.

Next Hyacinthella leucophaea subsp Atchleyi


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