It's been a busy week. I head to Virginia tomorrow, to stay with my Father - a trip timed so that his healthcare provider can go and visit a friend. I realized this week that I haven't been to Virginia since the Christmas holiday - which is the longest stretch that I've been away since my Mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in March of 2007. That makes me tired, just thinking about all of those trips up I-95.
Of course I have a silly list a mile long of things I want to get done before I leave - and on the top of that list was the submission of two manuscripts. These are manuscripts that we will be submitted as companion papers to the same journal - and are focused on the genome and proteome of an emerging, global coral pathogen. The manuscripts represent alot of data and much effort - and the Microbial Lab is anxious to get them published. We didn't make the submission today - but we are close. The 'proteome' manuscript is ready to go, and I've got another draft of the 'genome' manuscript in hand, for a last read through while I'm in Virginia. I must say that I'm tired of editing though - not just because of these manuscripts - but it just seems that in these days of unemployment, editing has become my main past-time.
Yesterday, after finishing a final read-through of one of the manuscripts, I went out into the garden. It was a cool day, overcast - but the garden had the air of a stack of fireworks waiting to be lit: a few warm days and everything will explode. I have a feeling that this will be a condensed spring for us - not wonderfully long and drawn out as they often are.
Anyway, as I walked around, I found myself noticing the Farfugiums - fascinating things - and it seems that I have this periodic Farfugium post where I mention something random and perhaps not terribly useful about the Genus: first, here in June of 2007 when the first Farfugiums joined the garden, and then again in September of 2008 - and then, on a more scientific note, I presented the Farfugium Hypothesis in December of 2008.
So here I am, finding that it is time for some more random and fascinating Farfugium observations.
Pretty exciting, eh?
Here is my Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea' after an unusually cold lowcountry winter. Of the Farguiums in my garden, the cold was hardest on this one. Many of the stalk/leaf combos fell over to the ground after a few consecutive nights of cold (and we had many of them) - and quite frankly, it looked terrible in the garden.
However, 'Gigantea' is bouncing back now - and is sending out alot of new fuzzy leaves which mature to the large glossy green mature leaves. I don't think that I noticed before that the youngest leaves are covered in peach fuzz. But they are. And they are delightful.
I've been on the fence with respect to Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum'. But now that my sole 'clump' has gotten some age (and size) on it - it's definitely growing on me. Before it just looked like a virus-riddled clump of green to me. However, it handled the winter beautifully, and is growing like crazy right now. It is possible that I am now a fan. It's also quite photogenic.
Ahh! The lovely new leaves of Farfugium japonicum 'Crispatum'...it handled the winter better than 'Gigantea', but was a little worse for wear than 'Aureomaculatum'. I love these new, fresh leaves covered in off-white velvet - and those curly edges - spectacular!
Here are the new leaves of Farfugium japonica 'Kaimon Dake' - this spring exhibiting the lovely variagation that their description bragged about - unlike the leaves I observed last year and a few this year (below) that exhibit little to no variagation. These new leaves are beautiful, I'm happy to report.
More soon, from Virginia. My Father said that my Mom's daffodils are in bloom - that'll be nice.