Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Delphinium variegatum

Delphinium variegatum
I have a small batch of these ready to go on the nursery. Intense violet blue flowers on branching hoary pale stems. The foliage is rather good.
Delphinium variegatum
Like other West Coast Delphiniums, this is unlikely to do well under ordinary garden conditions but if you're good with Californian or South African bulbs there's no reason why this shouldn't do well for you.
Delphinium variegatum
A well drained soil in full sun is probably right - drier in summer, moister in winter. Here they've grown well in the tunnel with no special care.
I won't be sending these out in flower - way too tall and brittle
£8



Jeffersonia dubia

Jeffersonia dubia
A classic woodlander from Japan of exquisite poise and hue and one of the first plants I fell in love with. The crystalline purple flowers appear in early spring above the coppery red emerging foliage. The leaves are made up of two leaflets and are a soft matt green. Just beautiful.
When I got the seeds I'd assumed they'd not do well here - too hot and dry in summer, but they've grown easily with almost no extra care. Best on a moist soil in shade with other small woodland plants
£6



Sunday, 24 March 2019

Ercilla volubilis

Ercilla volubilis
An unusual Chilean climber related to Phytolacca with small wavy matt evergreen leaves, and clusters of pink scented fluffy inflorescences in spring. Can be trained on a sunny wall or growing through a large shrub or as ground cover.
Ercilla volubilis
Hardy and adaptable with a bit of shelter
£16




Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Codonopsis

Rather like a climbing Fritillaria is how I'd describe these unusual herbaceous vines. The flowers have the same bell-shape and a similar green and maroon colour scheme, though without the chequering. The markings are just as interesting however.
Often recommended for woodland conditions but adaptable to a variety of rich and not too dry soils where the vine can grow up through shrubs into the light. Watch out for molluscs early on. To 6ft tall. Flowering late summer/autumn.

Codonopsis viridis ex CC 7454
Codonopsis viridis CC 7650
An exquisitely marked species - highly desirable
£8




Codonopsis lanceolata
Codonopsis lanceolata in Schefflera taiwaniana
A particularly tough easy species with substantial jade and maroon bells
Codonopsis lanceolata and Tropaeolum speciosum in Schefflera taiwaniana
£8




Codonopsis ussuriensis

Codonopsis ussuriensis
Like lanceolata but with smaller, maroon bells. Also very hardy and easy
£8



Codonopsis rotundifolia grandiflora
Not flowered yet
£8




Codonopsis subscaposa
Not flowered yet
£8




Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum

Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum
This is one of those species where the flowers have a tall narrow hood. The best-known forms have yellowish or off-white flowers but this is a very nice dusky purple form, to about 3ft tall and flowering in late summer. Easy and hardy
Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum
£8




Chasmanthe aethiopica

Chasmanthe aethiopica
A tender winter flowering bulb similar to Crocosmia. The plumes of scarlet flowers make it a striking greenhouse plant, perhaps for a large pot with plenty of moisture during the growing season. Not invasive.
Not a brilliant photo because they're too tall for the greenhouse staging. I'll keep them on a lower bench next year
£8