Plants in Pershore Garden
The overhead covers have been fitted ( end of October 08) to protect plants from winter wet, though the sides remain open. It is usual for this section of Androsace to form a winter resting bud - but no signs yet.
COROKIA cotoneaster is a slow growing shrub from New Zealand. Its charm is its angular branching habit and silvery green foliage.
I was very suprised to find fruit on it this autumn, but even more surprised to see it in full flower this summer. (See next picture)
The fruiting plant in full flower.
Several Dianthus have been introduced into the garden recently. This Turkish plant is la ate flowering species and one of great beauty.
It has settled very happily in a sheltered part of the crevice garden.
A close up showing the detail of the flowers.
This trough was planted up at a recent 'Trough Planting Workshop'. The Leucogynes is a wonderful silver foliage plant.
An easy plant and readily available, but given the lean diet of the scree it covers itself in flowers late in the summer
Autumn and the seed heads are another great moment for this plant. It grows in the Mediterranean Bed and usually each spring a few of the copious seedlings have to be resucued before they are swamped and die.
Its first signs of growth is the thrusting upwards of the shoots and then the rapid production of flowers.
This is one of the classic autumn bulbs, but one not always easy to establish. SS. lutea and sicula seem to be a continuum in the wild. In cultivation they seem to be distinct with S. sicula having almost stemless flowers and curved leaves with a linear silvery streak along the leaf and S. lutea being taller and having plainer leaves. I don't quite know where it leaves this plant growing in the Mediterranean Bed other than a wonderful autumn bulb.
I am not sure of the correct name for this Colchicum, but is matches the C. pusillum of commerce.
Any help on a name for this and any other plant in the Pershore Garden is always welcome.
Colchicum are also classic autumn bulbs and the larger spring leaves can be accepted when they are planted in an area mainly of shrubs.
Possibly C. confusum but certainly a very strong and deeply coloured form.
A stunning and showy member of the Thistle family, but not an easy plant to deal with as it is viscious if you get to close.
Perhaps there are some plants that ought to be left in their natural setting!
I have tried to collect seed of this for the AGS Seed Distribution but it is both painful and dissapointing as the seed seems sterile.
Possibly A. flavum, but as above, I would appreciate confirmation of this name.
It is late flowering and showy and like the previous one does not set seed that I am aware of.
This is possibly A. olympicum but I would appreciate confirmation of this.
It seems well behaved in this part of the scree multiplying slowly by division rather than by seed.
Yes, a stunning plant and so friendly to bees. I am reminded of the old fashiond razor blades (you know - Gillette in waxed paper wrappers) when I see the steel blue bracts and foliage.
Ourisa 'Clifton Rosett'
I could not find the cultivar name in my Plant Finder. This grows in the Alpine House and has had flowers on it for several months.
Occasional bits of die-back need to be removed.
A star plant from the Alpine House and the close up of the flower shows its beauty. The flower is similar to C. versicolor, which grows on the scree outside, but the plant is smaller and neater.
There we are, a really classy plant. No seed collected yet and the plants has a tap root so I don't know how long it will live for.
Showing similarities to the Campanula, and very close botanically, is this Platycodon.
The last two years have seen three colour forms on sale in Garden centres. They are hardy in the Midlands and South and have great charm. This one is groing in the Car park area.