Monday, 11 February 2019
An extremely rarely offered hardy species related to mosanensis and triflora. The flowers are jasmine-like rosy white tubes backed with maroon sepals and the leaves are relatively broad and dark green. I’ve not been growing it long enough to know what it does long term but it looks promising.
Cuttings given to me by Peter Catt
The Mount Etna broom – a tree-like species producing in time a light, airy canopy of wiry silver green branchlets (no leaves as such) spangled in summer with fresh yellow pea flowers. Easy in any well-drained sunny site and a good deal tougher than one might expect – considering where it comes from.
A fascinating species from New Zealand (almost all other Fuchsia are Latin-American) with bizarre little green and yellow flowers with violet anthers, peeking up from among the little round leaves. In a good year you’ll also get the edible cranberry-like fruits.
Normally considered very borderline in cold-tolerance, the parents of these plants have come through the last few winters in mid Sussex without trouble. Best in rather dry shade in my experience. This form has grey leaves
Friday, 16 November 2018
This is an exquisite small ground-covering species with fresh green foliage and rosy pink flowers.
Apparently a popular front of the border plant in warmer climates but is hardly ever seen in the UK.
Hardy but wants a warm sheltered spot to grow and flower well.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
This looks a lot like what Hilliers manual describes as ‘Formosan form’. I'm not at all sure about this identification but a very gorgeous shrub nevertheless - more rounded and compact than the normal P.serratifolia, with broad rounded leaves (to about 3ins across) opening a rich mahogany in early spring, with a soft downy white covering.
The flowers are the normal type.
Easy and adaptable and tolerant of heavy and wet soils.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
A very special form of this species from the South of France with relatively large lush foliage (up to about 3ins long), a more vigorous climbing habit and very refined, richly coloured flowers.
Dominik Frank tells me "this particular form is very hardy, together with an associate from France we established it in cultivation a few years ago. Isolated properly mature specimens can take as much as -12 °C. Actually it isn't native to France, the few feral populations scattered across the Côte d’Azur seem to originate from Algeria."
Very nice indeed.