Plants in the Garden: June Surprises
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A few pleasant surprises in my garden this month - no shows to photograph since Summer South, and not for quite a while. Despite the welcome rain the last two Sundays, things are still very dry here, and any plants which can get their act together to flower are at a premium.
First up, a Lapeirousia hybrid which came to me from Julian and Sarah Sutton at Desirable Plants. This one is certainly desirable; it appears to have Freesia/Lapeirousia laxa as one parent, but the very long tubes and pink/purple colouration suggest that another Lapeirousia species has been involved as well.
Next up is this tiny (and to my mind very attractive) Roscoea. I note from the discussion of the Roscoea trial that John Good finds this a weed in his North Wales garden. Here, in a much drier climate, it has taken 4 years to go from one shoot to two; mind you it is such a favourite with the local slugs that some years I see no sign of it above ground at all.
This tiny mimulus was grown from SRGC seed this year. To give you some idea of size, it is in a 4in pot. It looks a little larger than Mimulus minimus, which I have grown before, but I have no idea what the species is. Still, a charming little plant, likely to be annual, and in this dry garden I expect I am unlikely to get self-sown seedlings.
Not a garden flower this time, but a wild flower. There are three plants in my garden this year. I try not to let too many seedheads fall, but they are such a delight to photograph that I always let a few plants grow, and a few flowers go to seed.
Jon that Lapeirousia is a stunner far more 'high class' than the red one we have which yells 'look at me'. I find they self sow around the garden but never seem to clump up and make a real show.