Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Miss Green died last week. She was 96

Miss Green died this morning. She was 96
I've worked at Pool Meadow for the last 10 years and Miss Green has been the most excellent person to work for - always interested in new and interesting things for the garden even up to a few weeks ago when we went to Plantbase and bought a whole load of new and wacky Australian and South African plants.
She also made a huge contribution to the setting up of Brighton Plants - both financial and letting me take cuttings and seeds from her collection, and just generally trusting and encouraging me. Brighton plants would probably exist without her input but it wouldn't be anything like as good as it is. I am hugely grateful and everyone who knew her will miss her terribly.

Please have a look at the Pool Meadow set on Flickr to have a look at her garden.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Iris attica yellow

Iris attica
One of a number of exquisite miniature bearded Iris species from the eastern Med and western Asia.
Iris attica
Requires excellent drainage, full sun, and protection from excess wet in winter (and spring slugs) but is fully cold hardy. Ideal for troughs and raised beds.
10cm pots ~ £5

Epimedium epsteinii

Epimedium epsteinii
A choice species with broad white petals and dark maroon red spurs. The new foliage is copper tinted. Needs the usual moist woodsy conditions as other Chinese species.
1L pots ~ £7

Friday, 10 April 2015

Myosotidium hortensia

Myosotidium hortensia
The legendary Chatham Island forget-me-not.
Many of the smaller islands off the coast of New Zealand have endemic species of what are known as megaherbs - gigantic forms of what are elsewhere normal smallish herbaceous perennials grown huge by the lack of native grazers and the year-round mild (but usually chilly) wet climate. Most of them are spectacular but difficult or unavailable in cultivation. Myosotidium is one of the few that is growable in the UK, and, in my experience at least, is easy and reliable.
Much has been written about growing this in the UK, including giving it a seaweed mulch each year (Myosotidium grows along the back of the beach in the wild). Generally it seems to be recommended only for the west coast in the UK where it gets a mild moist climate, or as a pot plant for the unheated greenhouse elsewhere.
The parent of my plants grows against the north facing wall of a house in East Sussex and has thrived despite everything the climate has thrown at it over the last few years (the first thing that happened after I planted it was getting covered in snow).
Myosotidium hortensia
Being right up against the house it tends not to freeze in winter but being on the northern exposure means it never gets very hot either. The lack of sunshine doesn't seem to bother it at all. Not drying out is probably important and I suspect that unless you're very diligent with the watering and feeding, growing them in pots under glass is likely to be a struggle. If at all possible, get them in the ground in the open air.
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