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A Good Day For New Plants


By AndrewR


I followed Ginellie’s example and went to the RHS Show in London today. It wasn’t very busy and there didn’t seem to be so many nurseries there as usual but I still managed to make some purchases.

Helleborus x sternii ‘Silver Dollar’
A hellebore with silver foliage – perfect for the new foliage garden
Dranunculus vulgaris
A deep red aroid flower that stinks of rotting meat (to attract the flies that pollinate it). I used to have this but lost it a few years ago
Heloniopsis umbellatus
A rare white-flowered form of this small woodland plant
Eranthis ‘Schwefelganz’
Form of winter aconite with pale yellow flowers. I’d never heard of it (and I still can’t pronounce it!)
Convolvulus cneorum
To replace a winter causalty
Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’
Shrub from the protea family that I lost after last year’s winter

When I got home, a plant order of alpines from Potterton’s Nursery had been delivered.

Zephyranthes candida
Bulbous perennial with white crocus-like flowers from summer to early autumn
Paeonia tenuifolium ‘Plena’
Double-flowered form of a red-flowered herbaceous paeony with divided foliage
Cassiope mertenesiana and ‘Edinburgh’
Two forms of a dwarf evergreen shrub for a shady spot. Nodding bell-shaped white flowers in spring
Helichrysum milfordiae
One of the everlasting flower family. I have seen this growing in the wild on a mountain pass between South Africa and Lesotho
Cyclamen cilicium and alpinum
Two more types of this tuberous perennial. C.cilicium flowers in autumn, C.alpinum in very early spring
Lithodora zahnii
Cracking little subshrub with pale blue flowers

I’ll wait until the weather warms up a little before having a good planting session.

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Mmmmm, that's my kind of shopping spree and that'll be one very enjoyable planting session :-)))))

17 Feb, 2010


Lots of new shrubs and alpines...!
Good luck with your planting..I hope the weather is kind. :o)

17 Feb, 2010


great selection of plants andrew and the pond look nice to :o)

17 Feb, 2010


a great plant day for you andrew,i bet you cant wait to get them planted , good luck with them all..

17 Feb, 2010


~ hope it warms up soon so you can get out there~ looks like a good days shopping!

17 Feb, 2010


How exciting.

17 Feb, 2010


So you had an exciting box today too, Andrew! SNAP!!

We didn't get any of the same plants, though. Lovely to go to choose plants at the show - shame about the lack of Nurseries, though.

17 Feb, 2010


spritz - I've been after that hellebore for ages so that was a good 'find'. And replacing winter causalties was a bonus. Plus I've got that new alpine bed to fill. I feel a new shopping trip coming on already! I'll have to check out that website you've just advertised on your blog :-)

There were lots of other hellebores for sale at the RHS Show but I reckon I've got enough for now although there is one specie one I'm still trying to track down. I was surprised not to see Burncoose at the Show as they usually go to all of them but then it is a long trip for them.

Perhaps Henry was checking for pests for you?

17 Feb, 2010


Some great plants there Andrew, lots that I have not heard of before, so plenty of pictures when they all flower please, like you I am waiting to plant up, but still cold and far too wet.

18 Feb, 2010


You just can't wait can you Andrew? One can't help the urge to get planting after so long without the excitement of it all.
Here's looking forward to a glorious Spring.

18 Feb, 2010


Great plants Andrew...Cant wait to see them at their best....I have had lots of mail order deliveries myself this year...a few too many me

18 Feb, 2010


The best type of day - seeing new plants, buying new plants, postman delivering new plants - and planning new plants.

18 Feb, 2010


I love them sort of shopping days think its good theropy.

18 Feb, 2010


Bought some seeds instead of plants, a cheap week!!

19 Feb, 2010


I've just noticed that you listed Zephyranthes candida - I ordered some bulbs of that and Z. robusta from Parkers... new to me. I don't think either of them are reliably hardy, are they?

19 Feb, 2010


Z.candida has two stars in the RHS A-Z of Plants which means it shold be OK in a sheltered position in milder parts of the UK. Z.robusta has only one star (it comes from Brazil) so may not be hardy. Perhaps the sunken bottomless pot trick fot that one?

20 Feb, 2010


How did you get them all home Andrew? If only I hadn't been travelling on the undergound. Look forward to seeing the new plants in your garden on the next open day.

21 Feb, 2010


Ginellie - that was only six from the Show, two of them were alpines so very small and the dranunculus was a dry bulb. Three carrier bags only

21 Feb, 2010

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