Androsace: Androsace at AGS Shows
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Not many Androsace at the Spring show Harlow.
The only one to catch my attention was this superb cushion of Androsace vandellii shown by Alan and Janet Cook.
A few weeks back I was going to include on this part of the web site photos of Androsace putting up their buds. Bad weather delayed this but I did expect to see more on the bench.
Lets see what happens at Loughborough.
Not many Androsace on the benches at Loughborough, but one surprise.
First a beautifully well flowered Androsace ochotensis.
OK it was Androsace cilata, and so early in the year. Could there be a nice crop of seed in the AGS seed exchange. A. ciliata is not always a long lived plant and so the monster plant shows considerable cultivation skills. When planted outside I find it smaller than this and will self seed.
Now for the real Androsace ochotensis.
Shown by Geoff Rollinson.
Not an easy plant to grow and those of you living in the south will find it harder. It is a plant of Alaska and Siberia.
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The 'monster' Androsace ciliata was grown by myself from seed sown 1.9.2008, from a plant I purchased from Aberconwy Nursery earlier that year. The parent plant now measures 20cm and hopefully will be placed on the show bench next week.
This is the early flowering form of A. ciliata and regularly flowers for me in South Yorkshire early to mid March. The flowers are smaller and the rosettes more compact than the form normally seen on the show bench.I prefer this form.
Seed is sparse and all seedlings apart from the photographed plant have been given away to friends.
The Midland Show turned out to be a 'feast time' for Androsace.
I offer these pictures with names as on the show bench.
A. villosa barbulata took the Farrer Medal for Lionel Clarkson.
Although Lionel had some fantastic Androsaces at the Midland show, the Farrer medal plant was actually exhibited by Chris Lilley.