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    Fantastic Beasts ......

    A selection of photographs of various wee feral beasties from the Orient. Whilst all of these images are of plants that I have grown I cannot yet profess to having mastered their cultivation. Cypripedium micranthum -more like a Robin chick than a plant! Cypripedium sichuanense...
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    Bletilla ochracea

    The first image is of an attractive but essentially typical Bletilla ochracea clone whilst the second was bought as Bletilla ochracea purple form. I suspect the second plant is some form or hybrid of Bletilla striata though I have been unable to find anything similar online. Both are cultivated...
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    Dactylorhiza

    Dactylorhiza grow well here. They are a promiscuous lot and self-seeding hybrid swarms have formed with varying degrees of foliosa, purpurella, maculata and fuchsii blood. Whilst foliosa is a native of Madeira (but is hardy in the garden here) the others grow wild in Scotland. The images below...
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    Cypripedium farreri -2017

    Cypripedium farreri -first two images are of two different plants. The flowers last between two to three weeks depending on temperature. The third image is of the senescent flower (after 16 days) of the first plant; sadly this stage only lasts 3 days before the flower wilts. Altogether a bonny...
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