By V. S. Summerhayes

A treasure for all enthusiasts of untamed crops -- Wild Orchids of england offers an in depth account of all our orchid species, types and hybrids, and has an invaluable key to identity. This version is unique to newnaturalists.com Now released in book layout, with a whole set of recent distribution maps from the Atlas of the British plants, this pretty publication is still the traditional paintings in its topic, a treasure for all enthusiasts of untamed vegetation. Dr. Dummerhayes, accountable for the orchid assortment at Kew from 1924 to 1964, appears at our fifty-odd species in terms of the massive orchid relatives in the course of the international, discusses their basic biology and usual background in Britain, offers a close account of all our orchid species, kinds and hybrids, and gives an invaluable key to id. the color pictures signify each recognized British species except for Orchis cruenta and O. occidentalis.

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Cilicium, C. coum, C. hederifolium, C. purpurascens and C. mirabile and, very occasionally, C. alpinum. It is far better to seek good plants in growth from a specialist cyclamen nursery or from an alpine nursery or garden centre that sells pot-grown plants in full growth. They will certainly cost a little more, but it is well worth the extra cost for reliability. There is no doubt that cyclamen are far easier to establish from ‘plants in the green’ than dormant tubers; the same is very true of snowdrops and winter aconites.

Elegans, C. graecum, C. libanoticum, C. mirabile, C. peloponnesiacum, C. persicum, C. pseudibericum and C. rohlfsianum. However, in addition, growers often grow especially fine forms of the hardier species under glass, especially if they like to show plants, so it is usual to see C. cilicium, C. coum, C. hederifolium, C. intaminatum, C. parviflorum, C. purpurascens and C. repandum also under glass. Of all these only C. graecum and C.

Both cornus and willow can be pruned hard back in the spring to produce a new flush of colourful growths for the following winter. A hazel coppice is another good setting for C. coum, reflecting one of its associations in the wild. A tapestry of cyclamen can be interspersed with clumps of yellow or pale pink primroses (Primula vulgaris and its subspecies sibthorpii), snowdrops and celandines (Ranunculus ficaria cultivars) in bronzes, creams and yellows, punctuated by bold clumps of Lenten roses, Helleborus X hybridus, with their enticing saucer flowers in greens, yellows, pinks, purples, smoky blues or almost black.

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