We popped out to a garden centre and a nursery yesterday just for a mooch around. Came away with a tree stake and one Cyclamen between them. Neither seemed to have much stock. Since both produce a lot of their own plants I thought the end of the growing season would be a good time to visit. Maybe the lockdown earlier in the year stymied their production plans. Not that I need more plants. Here’s a few I bought earlier.
Camellia ‘Yume’. What do you care that this is a hybrid between C. yuhsienensis and C. hiemalis ‘Shishigashira’? C. yuhsienensis is one of the most fragrant camellias; C. hiemalis is a sasanqua type which you’d expect to have something of an oily smell, usually not much. ‘Yume’ is strongly fragrant, but I can’t really detect the sweet perfume of the C. yuhsienensis parent. It’s a modern Japanese hybrid. Since hiemalis is autumn flowering and yuhsienensis spring flowering, I’m hoping for a really long flowering season. The bloom is 5-6cm wide.
I just got four new Camellias, two of them are flowering now. Here’s the other one, Camellia ‘Cinnamon Scentsation’. This was raised by Dr William Ackerman, a retired geneticist from the U.S. National Arboretum. He raised a very pretty double flowered variety called ‘Cinnamon Cindy’ as part of an effort to get a wider range of species involved in the world of Camellia hybrids. It then produced a mutation with slightly larger single flowers and a stronger scent, which he propagated and named ‘Cinnamon Scentsation’. It’s flowering now but I think because it’s been tunnel grown. I would expect it to be spring flowering grown outside. This has a good, sweet perfume. The bloom is 6-7cm wide.
Begonia ‘Mishmi Silver’. I bought a trio of new Begonias at the Tregrehan Rare Plant sale in September and have ket them in pots since then. This one is now flowering to book its place on a saturday six. This is another recently collected form from Arunachal Pradesh in NE India. It’s likely to be on the cusp of hardy, so I won’t be leaving it in the ground over winter until I have a few backup plants growing, but I will plant it out for the summer next year.
Begonia ‘Torsa’ earns its place in a six by producing bulbils that are just as crazily massive as the plant itself. I shall push these into the surface of a pot of compost then just about cover them with grit. I’ll keep them cool and moist through the winter and hopefully they’ll all grow away in spring. Leaves 19 x 14 inches are claimed on one website.
Herman the Head. In recent years Herman has had fly-away hair in the shape of Carex comans ‘Frosted Curls’. This year we thought we’d go for a new look. Kind of tight curls. Need to take it in for winter, he’s going to back to looking like Hannibal Lecter’s been at him. Echeveria something.
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’. A year ago I had this in a pot and needing a home, having reclaimed it from our deceased neighbour. I blamed the polytunnel for being in the way of where I wanted it to go. Seems I changed my mind and planted it elsewhere, which has clearly suited it. The polytunnel’s now gone but I’m not planning to move it. Plant of the year 2013, I must have bought it soon after and no doubt payed through the nose. Seven years on it’s beginning to give something back.
Doesn’t look like much outdoor gardening’s going to get done this weekend. No matter, I have Camellia conundrums aplenty to apply myself to, starting with ‘Fukuzutsumi’. I need to get those ‘Torsa’ bulbils in too. It’s nice to get out in the garden, there a lots of hangers on out there, braving the weather, but if I don’t, I’m not missing a great deal. I’d have put the feature picture Geranium in if I could have found its name. G. wlassovianum of some sort perhaps, maybe.
The Prop’s post came early this morning, he was dashing off to collect something. I’m hoping someone is going to come to take some surplus walling stone away but it’s blowing a hoolie and blowing horizontal rain so who knows.