Friday, 28 April 2017

Ledebouria Gary Hammer

Ledebouria sp Gary Hammer
I've had a thing for Ledebouria ever since I first came across L.socialis when I was a teenager (Scilla violacea then) because of their interestingly mottled leaves and curious little flowers. It's a mainly African genus with a few species in south west Asia I believe. A few of the South Africans are reputed to be hardy to z7 if kept dry in winter, including this one and L.cooperi. Otherwise they make excellent pot plants for a frost-free greenhouse or stood outside in summer.
Ledebouria sp Garry Hammer
This species produces relatively long leaves with bold black blotches, and spikes of small greyish hyacinth flowers in summer. It is more or less deciduous in winter
10cm pots ~ £6

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Kalimeris incisa Edo Murasaki

Kalimeris incisa Edo Murasaki
A rather choice compact aster relative with flowers that remind me of Anemone blanda - with rich violet rays and yellow centres. The foliage is lush and deep green and the whole plant is of modest size without being a blobby dwarf.
Kalimeris incisa Edo Murasaki
Not fussy about soil or aspect as long as extremes are avoided, and flowering through the summer - usually June to autumn, but it started in March this year!
1L pots ~ £8

Monday, 3 April 2017

Salvia deserta

A rather posh version of the meadow clary from China, with upright plumes of vivid violet blue flowers for months in summer over rosettes of crinkly grey green leaves. 

Very hardy and reliable. For well-drained soils in sun.
1L pots ~ £7

Viola douglasii

Viola douglasii
An extremely choice species from California with rich golden flowers, black at the centre, and with deep red reverses to the petals. The foliage is finely cut.

In the wild this is a species of open grasslands and needs sun and free drainage. Thus far on the nursery they've been easy to grow and have made slow but steady progress
10cm pots ~ £7