Friday, 27 March 2020
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
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.
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
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.
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
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.
As easy to grow as its relatives and especially nice in dry shade.
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)