|Iris foetidissima "Citrina" blooming in mid-November? Have we all gone mad because that wasn't a one-off, just the nicest and least out of focus (I was bursting for a wee and even auto focus has its limits)|
Anyway, this is meant to be about the joys of botany, not the misery of shit customer services from huge, inefficient, need a lot of thinning out, companies. I got a delivery today: Actually, I got three so far. One was a CD/DVD drive for my new Macbook Air, so you don't care about that. In the post came some seeds ordered on ebay yesterday (top marks Plant World of Newton Abbott who included a free packet despite the fact I'd only ordered one other! Iris colchesterensis is not a new species discovered in a rocky ravine in Colchester but a pleasantly black(ish) and white form of laevigata (basically the sort of thing I was slagging off the other day. How true it comes we shall see in a year or three but Plant World Seeds seem like a pretty professional operation so I'm optimistic one of the eight will look like the pic that caught my eye. They are currently soaking in water anyway or we'll never know.
|You can see why it caught my eye. A curio rather than a beauty. © Nicky's Nursery|
First out was a funky little Iris, ruthenica var . nana.
It should, in a few months, look something like this. Nice!
Next up was a freebie (are there no ends to which these lovely people at this wonderful company will go to please?). It says "Iris chrysographes cf", so I'm assuming it's an unidentified species or hybrid that looks like chrysographes, which with clarkei, bulleyana and probably some I've forgotten (wilsonii, but it's very yellow and the rest are blue or purple but all have a distinctive flower shape with almost no standards and pronounced falls, almost perpendicular to the ground, like so:
|I could have gone for the black form but that would have been too easy. Only next summer will tell, or at least provide an indication.|
|Lewisia "Little Peach"|
|Another! cotyledon "Bright Eyes"|
Nice! I've kind of neglected foot level plants (apart) from copious amounts of bulbs and these should go some way to addressing that little oversight.
Next up: A dianthus. I used to collect these by the tonne, delighting in my 12-year-old ability to pronounce grationopolitanus (the Cheddar Pink). This is a little hybrid that just grabbed my eye in the catalogue because in the photo you couldn't see any foliage, just bloom. It looked something like this:
|In fact, this is the very picture from Kevock!|
|That'll do nicely!|
|A healthy looking Iris graminaea, the Plum Iris. I grew this from seed but never saw it flower, my visits to Scotland never coinciding with it blooming and then when mum died the gardener didn't know it from grass and so...|
|Worth the 20-year wait. Remind me not to go on holiday in April.|
Now this is a weird one: a black primula. Not like an auricula but a recently discovered species (2006!) called Primula euprepes SDR6036. So I thought, I'll have one of those.
Nice to end on a high note, no matter how weird!
Happy gardening folks, and don't forget to register if you like what you see! The Plantboy x