Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Photinia aff. prionophylla

Photinia prionophylla
This looks a lot like what Hilliers manual describes as ‘Formosan form’. I'm not at all sure about this identification but a very gorgeous shrub nevertheless - more rounded and compact than the normal P.serratifolia, with broad rounded leaves (to about 3ins across) opening a rich mahogany in early spring, with a soft downy white covering.
Photinia sp Bodnant
The flowers are the normal type.
Photinia prionophylla
Easy and adaptable and tolerant of heavy and wet soils.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Aristolochia sempervirens from Carqueiranne, Toulon

Aristolochia sempervirens Carqueiranne, Toulon
A very special form of this species from the South of France with relatively large lush foliage (up to about 3ins long), a more vigorous climbing habit and very refined, richly coloured flowers.
Aristolochia sempervirens Carqueiranne, Toulon
Dominik Frank tells me "this particular form is very hardy, together with an associate from France we established it in cultivation a few years ago. Isolated properly mature specimens can take as much as -12 °C. Actually it isn't native to France, the few feral populations scattered across the Côte d’Azur seem to originate from Algeria."
Very nice indeed.