Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Delphinium variegatum

Delphinium variegatum
I have a small batch of these ready to go on the nursery. No flowers yet but they will be a good clear blue. In the mean time the foliage is rather good.
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 but dwindled away when planted out in a sunny raised bed.
£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