Saturday, 1 February 2020
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.
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
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 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