If you’re reading this it’s because I’ve managed to post it on some mobile device while away from home. Routine for many of you no doubt, but not for me. Which is not to say I created it on a mobile device, it was done a few days ago when I was still at home. If it’s Saturday, I will have been at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday, taking a turn on the International Camellia Society’s stand. I will be back there tomorrow too but today I am a free agent.
I didn’t like the idea of not doing a post, I haven’t missed yet and SoS has become a bit of a habit. If our gang leader can do a post while running along a Dorset clifftop in pouring rain, I can surely put something out. Besides, there are things flowering that I want to report on.
Like this Scarborough Lily, Cyrtanthus elatus. I will have looked up why it is called Scarborough Lily, then promptly forgotten again. It’s all very well having the world’s knowledge just a Google search away, but it doesn’t encourage retention of that knowledge. Too easy to look it up again. I showed the pink one five weeks ago, the red is what I think of as the original form, though again, I quickly ascertain that it is a fynbos plant and can be red, pink or rarely white in the wild.
Hesperantha huttonii. This appeared spontaneously in my pot of pink Cyrtanthus, which is to say that I noticed a thin, grey green shoot amongst the bulbs several years after I first obtained it. It could easily have been a seed stuck to one of the bulbs, germinating and growing unnoticed for a number of years. When eventually it flowered, this is what it turned out to be. It’s very slender and the flowers small compared to the usual Hesperantha coccinea forms. I intend to untangle it from the Cyrtanthus and plant it in the garden, probably this winter. I collected and grew seeds of it last year, they’re doing OK but are still very small.
Another species type thing I grew from seed and which is flowering now for the first time is Clematis viorna. The seed was from the Hardy Plant Society, sown in January 2019, so I am not displeased to have it flowering less than three years later. At least I hadn’t nurtured it for a decade before facing the dilemma of whether I think it is worth keeping. The colouring is muted, the flower 15mm long. I confess I hoped for more.
Plectranthus argentatus. In mid August I put this in a six just as the flower buds were starting to appear. I commented then that as far as I was concerned, the flowers added little to the foliage effect and that if it were my call, I would remove them. What do you think? Perhaps I should do a before and after, though obviously there’s no way of putting them back.
Miscanthus nepalensis. Describing planty stuff as looking like burnished bronze is usually just hyperbole but in the case of this grass, there really is a metallic quality about it. Cornwall is generally too wet and windy for grasses to stand well into winter but this will, getting progressively fluffier as the weeks pass. It doesn’t have the stature of Molinia or Stipa gigantea, it’s well under a metre tall, but it’s a lovely thing.
Fuchsia ‘Olga Storey’. This is one of our favourite hardy Fuchsias and I’m pleased to see it’s still in commerce. It has bright yellow foliage and large, deep pink and purple flowers. I suspect it may not be hardy in colder parts of the country and it is perhaps pretty late to get into its stride flower wise, but it looks so good even without flowers that it is really worthwhile having.
Back home and back to normal next week. Yesterday at Chelsea was mostly spent on the stand, I managed to see some of the Grand Pavilion in daylight but didn’t get outside until it was nearly dark. I talked till I was hoarse about camellias, which was fine, I don’t often get the chance. Back there tomorrow, hopefully I’ll see a little more.
Now the Propagator, host with the most, needs his link. How do I do that? That might work. People do this on phones!?