First of all Meconopsis: I have two pots of betonicifolia, seedlings (if the squirrel has left me any) of "Hensol Violet" and grandis a pot of integrifolia seeds with one seedling so far, and mature plants of superba and napaulensis.
I'm 500 miles away so I can't show you the real things, which will look awful anyway, but you know betonicifolia:
|The magical, mystical but not mythical Blue Poppy, M. betonicifolia|
|M. grandis: like betonicifolia but bigger and more likely to die after flowering|
|M. Superba, nice rosettes too. Sow seeds every year cos it flowers and then dies|
|M. Napaulensis. Also comes in yellow, blue, reds of all shades and probably white too. Forms stunning silky-haired rosette up to 3ft across before throwing up a metre-high flower spike and dying on you|
Now I'm going to bore you to death with Lilies and their close cousins, the Notholirion and Nomocharis. About half my lilies are seeds, some sown some unsown, the rest bulbs, almost all of flowering size.
Let's get the Notholirions out of the way first: a very easy and rewarding genus that clump up well and aren't fussy about situation.
|N. bulbiferum © Daniel Winkler|
|N. thomsonianum, which sends up leaves in October. They don't seem at all bothered by the cold snaps, in fact they just keep growing. © Brian Collins on Flickr|
The Nomocharis is a thing of enormous beauty and great variation and bloody hard to get hold of. I have N. aperta, N. Parthandina and N. mairei, the mose common ones.
|N.aperta. There is no guarantee my bulb will look anything like this, except for the general pink, spotty theme|
|It could do with a person in it to show just how tall it is|
|Lilium amoenum: a rare and elusive species with a str ongly fragrant flower, the price being one flower per bulb. Native to Yunnan, China, at around 2,000m. Thought lost to cultivation in 1938 when the lsat known plant died at Bodnant Gardens but reappeared in the late 1990s so stocks are still low which is why I paid so flipping much for 2 of them on eBay! (B)|
All of which is a very time-consuming way of saying I haven;t lost touch with my Himalayan roots. Even though I was born in Dundee. Merry Christmas and here's to a blaze of glory bext year! The Plantboy x