Friday 21 June 2024

Impatiens flanaganae

Impatiens flanaganii
An African species related to the better known I.tinctoria. Overall it is smaller and has deep flesh pink flowers. 
Impatiens flanaganii
My experience of it here is that it is hardy and not difficult to grow but needs a rich moist soil to do well.
£10

Opuntia scheeri

Opuntia scheeri Lancing, Sussex, UK
An excellent and choice hardy prickly pear with pads about 6-8ins across and forming a solid small shrub quite quickly. The fine evenly spaced yellowish areoles on a sea green background make for a very satisfying effect. Don’t however underestimate the tiny, barbed spines which get everywhere. Handle it with thick leather gloves and plant it well away from the path.
Opuntia scheeri
The parent plant is in a front garden in Lancing, Sussex, in ordinary soil and gets no protection at all. I hear of other plants as far north as Lancashire also doing well fully exposed to the elements. Pale amber yellow flowers appear in spring.
£15


Tuesday 23 April 2024

Omphalodes nitida

Omphalodes nitida
A very lovely neat perennial forget-me-not relative, with clear blue flowers in spring, and smart narrow foliage. 
Omphalodes nitida
Seeds about a little but not at all weedy or coarse. Likes a well-drained site in semi-shade. 
£6

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Zingiber mioga Crûg's Zing BSWJ4379

Zingiber mioga Crug Zing
An excellent form of this hardy ginger which produces orchid like blossoms directly from the ground in spring and then the standard upright leafy stems afterwards. Crûg's Zing differs from other mioga commonly in cultivation in that the flowers are pink instead of creamy yellow. 
Zingiber mioga Crug Zing
This is a genuinely hardy species (or at least, as hardy as any of the Hedychiums or Roscoeas) needing nothing more than perhaps a bit of mulch to stop the roots freezing. It does not need a dry winter. The new shoots can be harvested as a vegetable.
£12

Monday 18 March 2024

Lonicera gracilipes JP5573

Lonicera gracilipes
A relatively small pink-flowered winter flowering species from Japan. 
Lonicera gracilipes
The leaves are rounded and somewhat glaucous. 
Hardy and adaptable.
£16



Friday 12 January 2024

Ribes malvaceum

Ribes malvaceum
Soft pink flowers in dangling clusters among soft green foliage any time from autumn to spring in its native California, where it is important for nectar for birds and insects. 
Ribes malvaceum
Not the most brightly coloured Ribes but certainly one of the earliest flowering - in full flower here through frost and snow in January. 
Completely hardy here. Suitable for sun or shade, especially among evergreens.
£16


Friday 13 October 2023

Deutzia crenata nakaiana

Deutzia crenata nakaiana
A popular creeping dwarf shrub with bell-shaped white flowers in late spring. 
Deutzia crenata nakaiana
Easy and hardy
£12