Sunday, 29 March 2015

Impatiens tinctoria

Impatiens tinctoria
An old favourite from East Africa and surprisingly hardy given a good pile of straw over the tubers in winter to stop them freezing. Forms a thicket of tall juicy green stems clothed in quite large lush green leaves and topped from late summer until it freezes with heavily fragrant white flowers.
Impatiens tinctoria
The flowers have a very long spur behind, adapted to the long-tongued moths that pollinate them in the wild.
Impatiens tinctoria
Remarkably easy given plenty of moisture and, as I said, a good thick mulch in winter.
1L pots ~ £8

Friday, 20 March 2015

Plant Fairs 2015

Great Comp Spring 2014
My mate Andy Sindon at Great Comp last spring

Great Comp Spring Fling - Sunday 12th April
11am - 5pm,
Great Comp Garden,
Comp Lane, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QS
01732 885094

Plantsman's Paradise, Petworth
Saturday 18th April
11am - 4pm.
Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AE
01798 342207
Adult £5, Child free, NT members free
A second date in mid June is yet to be confirmed

Great Comp Summer Show
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August.
11am - 5pm,
Great Comp Garden,
Comp Lane, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QS
01732 885094

Sussex Prairies Unusual Plant and Art Fair
CANCELLED due to flooding
Sunday 6th September
Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116), Near Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9AT
01273 495902

Great Dixter Plant Fair
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October
Northiam, TN31 6PH
01797 254048

I am more than happy to bring along plants for you to pick up on the day if you let me know in advance. I may ask for prepayment if the plant is in short supply and likely to sell out.

Hope to see you there


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Olsynium douglasii

Olsynium douglasii & Corydalis integra
An exquisitely pretty little relative of the Sisyrinchiums but actually more like a tiny Dierama with bell shaped flowers dangling on thread-like pedicels above the thin grassy foliage.

Coming up and flowering in early spring and then disappearing again, it deserves a special place in a raised bed where it won’t get lost. That said it does as well in light shade among woodlanders as it does in a sunnier, drier spot with bulbs and alpines so fairly easy going.
sold out

The white form is equally lovely.
Olsynium douglasii album
10cm pots ~ £6