Monday, 26 March 2012

More Lathyrus

Lathyrus aureus
Lathyrus aureus
Reminiscent of L.vernus in that it doesn’t climb but bigger and producing flowers of an unusual soft orange colour. For any good soil but especially nice in light woodland.
2L pots ~ £6





Lathyrus davidii
Lathyrus davidii
Another orange-ish flowered species but quite different to aureus with a more robust upright, almost climbing habit and oddly coloured flowers beginning yellowish green. 
Lathyrus davidii?
Also good in woodland conditions but very adaptable.
2L pots ~ £6





Lathyrus sulphureus
Lathyrus sulphureus
From California – this is one of those peculiar Lathyrus that has tendrils and seems to want to climb but never quite gets it together. The flowers remind me of L.davidii, starting out pale yellowish green and ending up orange. Very pretty, in a quiet way, and easy.
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Sunday, 25 March 2012

...and some more

Epimedium leptorrhizum
Epimedium leptorrhizum & Adoxa moschatellina
Forming a dense, slow- spreading clump close to the ground. This species produces relatively large soft pink flowers just above the foliage. The brownish new growth is a feature too. Totally hardy in a moist woodsy spot.
1L pots ~ £7




Epimedium platypetalum
Epimedium platypetalum

One of a small number of Chinese species lacking the usual spurs. (The only others that I am aware of are ecalcaratum and campanulatum) In this case the flowers are bright yellow bells and the new foliage is coppery. A neat species that spreads slowly to form a dense colony. For moist woodland conditions.
 1L pots ~ £7



Geum rivale islandicum
Geum rivale islandicum
The miniature Icelandic form of our rather lovely but understated Water Avens. The nodding pale peachy flowers are much the same but on shorter stems. An easy and adaptable 'alpine' on any soil that does not dry out. Ideal mini bog plant.
10cm pots ~ £5





Campanula


Campanula raddeana
Campanula raddeana
A Caucasian species with strongly serrated basal leaves and rich purple bells in reddish calyces on slender  reddish stems. An easy ‘alpine’ for any well drained soil in sun, but like many bell-flowers it is a bit of a runner.
10cm pots ~ £5



Campanula stevenii beauverdiana
Campanula stevenii beauverdiana
A lovely Caucasian species with violet bells over a very long period in summer. An easy alpine for sun and good drainage.
1L pots ~ £5