Saturday, 30 May 2020

Pasithea caerulea

Asphodeline taurica and Pasithea caerulea
A lightly-built Chilean monocot - unremarkable in every way except for the vivid blue flowers that appear in early summer on tall wiry stems. The rest of the plant consists of fleshy roots and grassy leaves.
Pasithea caerulea
Seems hardy here but needs a well-drained sunny site that doesn't freeze deeply in winter.
£8



Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Fuchsias


Fuchsia magellanica arauco
An absolutely exquisite, possibly naturally occurring, form of this popular shrub - always attracts attention with it's finely crafted purple white and pink flowers and neat dark green foliage. It can make a large shrub in time but, like most Fuchsias, responds well to pruning.
Fuchsia magellanica arauco
This is less drought tolerant than other Fuchsia - not good in small containers and definitely most at home in cool moist conditions.
Fuchsia magellanica Lady Bacon, left, and arauco
nb. the variety Lady Bacon (left) is very similar and they can be hard to tell apart, but seen together, Arauco is definitely the more refined plant with better colours, and smaller leaves and flowers. I grow both but I would always recommend Arauco. It just has that certain something that even people who don't generally go for Fuchsias can appreciate.
£10




Fuchsia Globosa
Fuchsia Globosa
An attractive compact magellanica variety with somewhat rounded deep red flowers and good quality foliage. Hardy
£10


Fuchsia Lady Boothby
Fuchsia Lady Boothby
I'm not generally a fan of hybrid Fuchsias but I'm always very drawn to this one for the rich dusky tone of its narrow red and purple flowers. The leaves are also dark tinted with red veins.
Fuchsia Lady Boothbye
This is a semi-climbing plant that can be tied in on a wall or better, allowed to scramble through other shrubs. Very hardy
£10


Fuchsia aff. regia Grey leaf
Fuchsia cf. regia grey leaf
Grown from AGS exchange seed as regia - the overall effect (semi-climbing) and the elegant flowers are typical regia, but the leaves are narrower and often somewhat grey-tinted. 
Fuchsia regia
Hardy and easy - ideal for adorning early-flowering shrubs that have finished for the summer.
£10


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Akebia longeracemosa

Akebia longeracemosa
An excellent smaller species - vigorous but not overwhelming - almost evergreen and with remarkable flowers. These, as is usual for the family, consist of smaller male flowers below and larger female flowers above, but in this case the male flowers are in  a long dangling raceme (hence the name) and the whole inflorescence is a dusky maroon.
Akebia longeracemosa
Very hardy and easy in a wide variety of situations
£15