Saturday, 1 February 2020

Iris albicans

Iris albicans
The true Middle-Eastern species – a bearded Iris with fragrant clear white flowers, touched with lemon toward the centre.
Iris albicans
Grows and flowers freely in a sunny raised bed here under a Ceanothus papillosus.
£8



Lilium Rosemary North

Lilium Rosemary North
I got this 30 years ago from an RHS auction. I arrived late and missed it but a lady very kindly let me have one of hers. Then I almost lost it because I was moving home so often and wasn't paying attention, but I caught it at the last possible moment - rooting a couple of scales. Now I have enough to sell some.
Lilium Rosemary North
A brilliant adaptable lily here, producing plenty of amber coloured nodding recurved flowers, sprinkled with brown toward the centre, on 3ft stems every year without any help at all.
£8 potted (not dry)



Thursday, 2 January 2020

Vallea stipularis

Vallea stipularis
A relative of Crinodendron and Aristotelia with small pink cup shaped flowers and variable leathery leaves.
Vallea stipularis
This is a lax scambling species, best grown as a wall shrub or through other shrubs. Not considered very hardy in the UK – there is nevertheless a large specimen on a wall at Wakehurst
£20



Titanotrichum oldhamii

Titanotrichum oldhamii
Classic gesneriaceae - sturdy basal rosette of fleshy crinkly leaves and stems of foxglove like flowers emerging from the centre. The flowers are a very striking bright yellow, deep red inside, and the leaves are purple on the reverse. Not well tried outdoors in the UK, but the main problem overwintering temperate gesneriads usually is not the cold so much as keeping them dry in winter, This doesn't seem to be a problem in this case.
Titanotrichum oldhamii
Titanotrichum is best in a moist woodsy soil, and it is imperative that it does not dry out in summer, or else the flower buds will turn to tiny tubers (gemmae). A solid and vigorous woodland perennial as long as it has enough water
£10



Sophora flavescens

Sophora flavescens
A herbaceous species from China with pale yellow, somewhat monk's-hood like flowers on slender stems over elegant pinnate foliage. A cool airy alternative to Baptisia and Thermopsis. Fully hardy.
£8



Salvia omeiana Crug Thundercloud

Salvia omeiana Crug Thundercloud
A stunning and wonderful Asiatic woodland species with broad, heart-shaped, beautifully textured and muskily aromatic leaves (sage & onion?) with a rich purple underside.
Salvia omeiana Crug Thundercloud
Sprays of soft yellow flowers appear in late summer.
£8



Salvia chamaedryoides

Salvia chamaedryoides
An absolutely gorgeous little Salvia from Texas and thereabouts, sprouting spikes of intense indigo violet over low ash-white bushes.
Salvia chamaedryoides
It will, like so many species from this area, need the driest sunniest site you've got but is cold tolerant and can eventually make quite a sizeable patch.
£6