In the mild spell we have had over the last two days I have watered plants in both greenhouses. I have found a couple more poorly plants which are now in the 'sick bay' in the conservatory. Yesterday morning I found to my horror that I had left one of the greenhouse doors part way open all night. Fortunately we did not have a frost, and the heater was on, but this morning I spotted that two plants of Vectis Dazzler on the lower shelf by the door had succumbed to the cold, one of them completely and the other in now in the 'sick bay'.
The plant outside the window is an Aspidestra. It has been in this sheltered spot for several years now and does not seem to mind the cold. I split it and re-potted it about three years ago and found to my amazement it was flowering. The flowers are at ground level and quite dull and insignificant. It was thought that snails or slugs pollinated the flowers, but this is now thought not to be the case. One theory is that fungus gnats pollinate the flowers in this country.