Sunday, 1 November 2020

Iris versicolor x pseudacorus Regal Surprise

Iris Regal Surprise

This is a perfect combination of the two parents, with the striking violet and white bicolor of one and the ease adaptability of the latter - though without it's rampant tendencies. It doesn't set seed either so won't take over other parts of the garden.
Iris Regal Surprise
Suitable for any wet site - from the pond's edge to damp soil in sun or part shade. I don't know why it's so rarely seen.
Fresh lifted rhizomes £8 each





Asclepias exaltata

Asclepias exaltata

To my mind one of the best new things I've come across, and I have no idea why I so rarely sell any. Although the flowers are not vividly showy they are exquisitely crafted in jade and ivory and dangle elegantly on long filaments from the tips of the 2ft stems. 
Asclepias exaltata
Completely frost hardy and easy to please on any fertile retentive soil in sun or part shade.
£9


Cachrys alpina

Cachrys alpina and Athamanta sp.
A gorgeous and choice umbellifer from the moment it emerges when it forms a dense mass of purple foliage on the ground, to the point when the dessicated plants blow away in autumn. The leaves consist of fine thread-like leaflets, like fennel, but forming a flat-topped cloud about 2ft across, and about 18ins high. 
Cachrys alpinaThe inflorescence is made up of many tiny acid-yellow flowers held on a stiff stem 12ins or so above the foliage, so overall not a big plant. 
Cachrys alpina
A good perennial - not weedy in any way at all, and compact enough to grow with small Mediterranean and alpine plants and choice bulbs. For a well-drained sunny situation.
£8


Ribes viburnifolium

Ribes viburnifolium
An unusual low spreading evergreen species from California with rounded glossy foliage and small blood red flowers. 
Ribes viburnifolium
Not terribly cold hardy but otherwise easy in a sheltered sunny spot.
£15



Indigofera pendula

Indigofera pendula

A tall lax shrub best grown among other sturdier shrubs which it will decorate with its fine silver green pinnate foliage and pendulous strings of pink pea flowers from June until the frosts come. 
Indigofera pendula
Almost any half decent soil in sun. A very easy-going plant.
£17



Thursday, 29 October 2020

Clematis socialis

Clematis socialis
A gorgeous small species of non-climbing herbaceous and somewhat suckering habit - popping up here and there around the original plant, but without being in any way a nuisance. The foliage is narrow and fresh green. The quite large bell-shaped pale violet flowers are classic viorna type. 

Clematis socialis
A very rare plant from the Georgia and Alabama but hardy and easy to grow
£12


Arum

Arums obtained as concinnum Mt.Ida (bottom) and sp. Crete
 
A couple of interesting species from the garden here - neither of them correctly named when I got them and both a bit obscure. 

Arum concinnatum Mt.Ida
Arum sp. obtained as 'concinnum Mt.Ida' is probably a form of italicum (Mount Ida is in Crete - outside the distribution of italicum, so who knows?) It has large leaves with well defined pale markings and a scattering of black spots. The spathes seem to me to be unusually large - up to nearly 1ft tall, are pale and marked with maroon lines. A hardy and prolific plant.
£9


Arum aff.  concinnatum Crete
Arum sp. Crete - possibly a new species according to Peter Boyce. This is a smaller, less prolific plant than the above, with plain green leaves, cream spadices, and pale spathes, touched lightly with brown. Seems to be easy and adaptable.
£9