Northumberland Diary Discussion: 07 June 2016
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Northumberland Diary. Entry 318.Go to latest contribution by John Good, 11 June 2016, 11:40. Go to bottom of this page.
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Good stuff John, and not surprised to hear that you are out and about, you can't put a good man down! Fabulous piccie of the Lady's Slipper which I have yet to see in flower in England.... If the cornus you show is indeed C. capitata it is very different from mine, which is now a tree 25' high and about the same wide - one of the joys of the garden both in flower and fruit.
Great to hear you are out and about and reporting once more, John. Good luck with a full recovery.
Corydalis 'Craigton Blue' is a cross of omeiana and flexuosa (rather than a cashmeriana hybrid). A little hard to tell from your photo in the diary but I think that is more likely to be 'Kingfisher' rather than 'Craigton Blue'.
Best wishes, Maggi
Thank you Maggi. I do grow a Corydalis omeiana x flexuosa cross which I received as C. elata more than 20 years ago, but I have been assured it is the hybrid. It flowers late, in mid July, and is not 'Craigton Blue', which I think was raised more recently anyway? I do have an accession card for 'Craigton Blue', but I think you are right that the plant featured is 'Kingfisher'.
This would probably be my favourite plant too, if only I could grow it! I have tried many times and never had more than fleeting success. I remember it particularly clearly flourishing on the tufa cliff in Roy Elliott's garden in Handsworth, also on the tuffa wall in Harry Jans garden. In both cases, like yours, they were growing in the tufa and watered by percolation through a hidden system of pipework - I have never tried that approach, but never is a long time so you never know.....