Friday, 27 March 2020

Ranunculus alpestris

Ranunculus alpestris
A true alpine with rounded deep green leaves and good white flowers. Much easier than many alpine Ranunculus – even here in Sussex where most suffer from the relatively hot dry climate.
Ranunculus alpestris
An easy hardy plant for raised beds among rocks.
£6




Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Fuchsia regia reitzii wild collected

Fuchsia regia
This is a Brazilian species with a scrambling climbing habit, making very long slender shoots and broad glossy leaves. The deep red sepals are elegantly recurved and contrast beautifully with the deep purple petals.
Fuchsia regia
Given the chance this can grow high into other shrubs or be trained against a wall. This promises to be a spectacular plant for even the choicest planting.
Large plants - £10



Solanum umbelliferum incanum

Solanum umbelliferum incanum
A very pretty Californian species combining good sized lavender flowers all summer, and greyish stems and foliage on a low spreading subshrub. Not at all coarse or weedy.
Solanum umbelliferum incanum
This is untried in the UK to my knowledge but is rated as z7 in the USA. Full sun and excellent drainage will probably be the crucial things
£8



Saxifraga aff. hirsuta

Saxifraga hirsuta
Not totally sure about the identity of this plant. It closely resembles the Irish endemic S.hirsuta, which is very like the familiar London Pride types but with matt green, somewhat fuzzy foliage and sprays of small white flowers. What is unusual in this form, and which I don’t see mentioned in any references to hirsuta is the wine-red undersides to the leaves which are a subtle but distinct enhancement.
Saxifraga hirsuta
As easy to grow as its relatives and especially nice in dry shade.
£6



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