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Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: The Alpine House at Kew in January 2006

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A few gems on a wild and windy day

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Contribution from John Humphries 11 January 2007, 21:13top / bottom of page
What better way to spend your lunchtime.

Earlier this week I was in the vicinity of Kew at lunchtime and decided to pop in to see what could be snapped up on a wild and windy January day.

What better way to spend your lunchtime.
Hamamelis and a sign that Spring is on the way.

Although this plant is clearly much further advanced than those in my own garden.

Still lots of evidence of Tony Hall to be found.

I know Tony still visits to work although I believe retired is a bit too strong a word to use for someone so dedicated to his plants.

Still lots of evidence of Tony Hall to be found.
Above and below Iris planifolia from the Mediterranean
Above and below Iris planifolia from the Mediterra
Iris stenophylla from Turkey
Iris stenophylla from Turkey
Also from Turkey Iris persica
Also from Turkey Iris persica
Iris regis uzziae from Israel
Iris regis uzziae from Israel
Finally Iris rosenbachiana from Russia
Finally Iris rosenbachiana from Russia

Apologies for the lack of depth of field here, despite being inside the House, the doors were wide open and the wind was holwing through so I couldn't open up to get better depth. Certainly had the airflow problem solved. It was also pretty murky outside despite being the middle of the day.

Nothing could shut down Ipheion 'Rolf Fiedler'

A deeper blue than many I've seen under the same name.

Nothing could shut down Ipheion 'Rolf Fiedler'
Now to some Spaniards I'm not familiar with

Androcymbium gramineum, this seems better as a smaller plant, I guess the larger rosettes insist on pushing their leaves through.

Now to some Spaniards I'm not familiar with
Whereas the single plant seems less crowded
Whereas the single plant seems less crowded
Below Androcymbium rechingeri from Crete
Below Androcymbium rechingeri from Crete
Old familiar Ornithogalum lanceolatum
Old familiar Ornithogalum lanceolatum
Corydalis popovii
Corydalis popovii
Very unusual Whiteheadia bifolia from Namaqualand
Very unusual Whiteheadia bifolia from Namaqualand
A couple of Primulas

Firstly P. verticillata from Yemen

A couple of Primulas
Primula floribunda from the Himal
Primula floribunda from the Himal

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