Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Incarvillea Brighton Pride

Incarvillea Brighton's Pride
I requested seeds of "Incarvillea zhongdianensis alba" from the AGS exchange back in 2011. Most of them came up as I.delavayi but one came up with very rich pink flowers, well textured foliage and a bit shorter at 8-10ins tall.
Incarvillea Brighton's Pride
At first I thought it was a dark pink form of delavayi (which is itself a good thing as there aren't many cultivars of the species) but now I think it might be a hybrid. At any rate it's a very good colour (it really glows on the nursery at the moment), it seems very tough (other species have been a bit hit and miss for me here) and it comes +/- true from seed so I've been raising as many as I can and this year I'm offering it for sale.
Incarvillea Brighton's Pride
I'm calling it Brighton Pride in honour of my home town's spirit of lively diversity
£8




Rubus lineatus vietnamensis

Rubus lineatus vietnamensis
R.lineatus is a gorgeous species grown for its finely textured palmate foliage – fresh green above, silver beneath. It forms a suckering colony and can travel quite widely but I’ve never seen it become a real nuisance like some Rubus.
Rubus lineatus vietnamensis
I’d grow it among other shrubs and robust herbaceous perennials and let it wander about. The contrast with broad leathery leaves is very telling. As the foliage is damaged by drought and freezing winds it needs moist sheltered woodland to look its best.
Vietnamensis is very like the species but Barry Clark (holder of the national Rubus collection) reckoned it might be a little hardier
£14



Geranium orientalitibeticum

Geranium orientalitibeticum
A choice ground-covering species with rosy pink flowers but the main thing is the leaves which are beautifully marbled with lime green.
Geranium orientalitibeticum
An easy well-behaved small border plant
£6