Monday, 11 February 2019
An extremely rarely offered hardy species related to mosanensis and triflora. The flowers are jasmine-like rosy white tubes backed with maroon sepals and the leaves are relatively broad and dark green. I’ve not been growing it long enough to know what it does long term but it looks promising.
Cuttings given to me by Peter Catt
The Mount Etna broom – a tree-like species producing in time a light, airy canopy of wiry silver green branchlets (no leaves as such) spangled in summer with fresh yellow pea flowers. Easy in any well-drained sunny site and a good deal tougher than one might expect – considering where it comes from.
A fascinating species from New Zealand (almost all other Fuchsia are Latin-American) with bizarre little green and yellow flowers with violet anthers, peeking up from among the little round leaves. In a good year you’ll also get the edible cranberry-like fruits.
Normally considered very borderline in cold-tolerance, the parents of these plants have come through the last few winters in mid Sussex without trouble. Best in rather dry shade in my experience. This form has grey leaves