Wisley's Alpine Diary
This entry: 14 May 2010 by Paul Cumbleton
Wisley's Alpine Log
By Paul Cumbleton
2010: Log 72... 14 May
This week I’m starting the log with the intensely coloured Androsace bulleyana. This originates from the
Off the coast of
We are getting towards the end of the spring-flowering bulb season now but there are still some late flowerers to enjoy:
Above is Triteleia ixioides, sometimes still seen under its former name of Brodiaea ixioides. This is an excellent subject for a pot creating a mass of bright yellow flowers on upright stems. Like many late-flowering bulbs it has the minor drawback of its leaves being in the process of dying back at the time of flowering, as can be seen in the photo. I am happy to live with this for the value of its flowering display. If you object to them, they can be removed at this stage with little probable effect to the bulbs, leaving a potful of naked flowers.The paler-flowered cultivar ?Starlight? is also often seen in collections:
The following exquisite beauty is the South African Ixia viridiflora var. minor. It is flowering for the first time from seed sown in September 2007. The eggshell-blue colour is simply delightful and it has rocketed this plant into my top ten favourite South African bulbs. The actual colour and its depth does vary a little from seedling to seedling, but all are gorgeous!
The Alpine Display House continues to be filled with colour and interest. There are large numbers of Lewisias, Primula sieboldii cultivars, Auriculas, Pleione and a wealth of other alpine subjects from all over the world.
Just one example is this Penstemon cyananthus var. cyananthus. This is a good Penstemon for both pots and out on the open rock garden where it gains a larger size than when constrained in a pot.
Our small collection of Cypripedium is also in flower. They seem to have done well this year, perhaps helped by the long cold winter and cool spring. This one is Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens:
The first Dianthus of the year is also flowering now and is one of my favourites with its wonderfully marked petals ? Dianthus callizonus:
Inside our Landscaped House, the Erinacea anthyllis is flowering better than ever. This is actually three plants that have grown into each other to make a large mass:
Outside, the large Rhododendron ?
Not far away and also flowering really well this year is x Phylliopsis ?Sugar Plum?
I started with the bright red Androsace bulleyana so to balance this week?s log I want to end with scarlet too. This is Meconopsis punicea: