Tuesday, 16 July 2013


After the cold spring we have had temperatures in the high 20'sC for nearly two weeks now. Although there has been the odd drooping leaf the primulas have held up well despite the high temperatures, unfortunately the most affected plants have been the Cardiocrinums which have had the shortest flowering season I have ever seen, the petals dropping in around seven days. Even though the plants have been irrigated and are grown in two separate shady positions, as all were affected, it would appear that the high temperatures have caused the premature drop.

Cardiocrinum giganteum

The king of lilies syn. Lilium giganteum these Himalayan giants do best in the semi-shade at the edge of deciduous woodland in deep rich soil. Plants from autumn sown seed take about seven years to flower. Offsets can be removed from the side of the flowering bulb which dies in October or left to develop into flowering size bulbs in situ which is what I do, some years you have quite a few in flower, others not quite as good. On the pest side, slugs seem to have a fondness for the leaves and we suffer from the now ubiquitous lily beetle, however all problems must be overcome to experience the heavenly scent.

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