Thursday, November 23, 2017

An indispensable genus for the rock garden, 70 species of annuals, perennials and subshrubs almost entirely from North America and one from Siberica called of course, Phlox siberica tufted with a woody base, very rarely seen in cultivation.  Phlox subulata and Phlox douglasii are very easy in Australia, with a well drained soil and a sunny position, with a good water in summer heat. They are easy to propagate from cuttings and division almost any time of the year too, because our climate is so warm, but not so easy from seed, often not germinating. Root cuttings are relatively easy Phlox nana which I used to have, is propagated in this way. Slugs will eat all the Phlox flowers overnight if not kept in control, leaving you with just the foliage.

Phlox Amethyst (Lovely but not correct only a marketing name, more research will need to be done)

 Phlox bifida alba (Fermi) 

Phlox bittonea Fermi Bun Fight

Phlox douglasii Eve (Otto)

Phlox Rita above and below ex Gordons Bun Fight Wilma Yee.

Phlox romeria annual AGS seed

Phlox bifida Blue not a hardy Phlox by any means, needs to be propagated all the time to keep it in cultivation but is relatively easy in the glass house. An import from New Zealand.

Phlox subulata Amazing Grace

Phlox subulata Temaskaming above and below

Phlox subulata Tamaongalei also known as P. Candystripe.
Phlox subulata Tamaongalei Gillanders Nursery obtained while on a visit to Japan from a Nursery in Hokkaido. They sent it to Siskuyu Nursery in Oregon as they had lost it, now it is back in cultivation worldwide.

Phlox subulata Blue

Phlox stolonifera Pink Ridge we seem to have lost.

Phlox stolonifera White Ridge

Phlox stolonifera Blue Ridge, P. stolonifera is a shade loving Phlox it is not one you can not grow out in the sun, some of our smaller Nurseries have these on line for sale. As their name suggests they are stoloniferous but you do not have to worry they never get out of control in Australia, if they did there are plenty of people that would love a piece, and you could put it on our Bun Fight table in December.

Phlox adsurgens Wagon Wheel imported by Lesley and Ken Gillander's from UK, it has a hint of salmon colour to the flower and flowers mimic the wheels of a wagon. Ken says if this Phlox is grown in the sun, it needs to be kept watered in summer, but quite happy in semi shade. One of Ken's favourite 6 plants in our Bulletin Winter 2016.

Phlox we seem to have lost in cultivation in Australia, Gillanders Nursery used to sell from their old Catalogues;
Phlox amoena variegata
   "      x henryae camla from East Coast of the US flowers are mauve 1" (3cm) across hugh flowers.
   "     douglasii Crackerjack
   "          "         Violet Queen
   "     Chattahoochee large mauve blue flowers with a pink eye, grown by Bill and Grace Maxwell.
   "     kelseyi
   "     pillosa Bill Baker
   "     repens Cecil Davis large heads of lilac blue flowers
   "     sileniflora we still have as I have just found out Otto now has a cutting.
   "     subulata alba
   "         "        G F Wison clear mauve blue
   "         "        Betty
   "         "        Laelia white flowers with a purple eye
   "         "        Nelsonii
   "         "        Rosea
   "         "        Scarlet Flame.

A very good web site on Phlox is Phlox website (click on high lighted Phlox website) have a look at Phlox nivalis Eco Flirte Eyes just gorgeous.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Iris graminea

The plum scented Iris graminea, don't mind being watered in the summer and are very easy to grow in Australia, flowering freely, but don't dry them out in summer they don't need a baking. So many beautiful colours all blending in. Iris graminea is widespread through central Europe from north-eastern Spain to western Russia, it is also present in the Caucasus. I did not see this Iris in Spain, and on mentioning Spain don't forget our meeting Saturday 25th November by your truly speaking on the Alpine plants of Spain, meetings are held in the Olinda Community Centre, Monbulk Olinda Road, Olinda 8.00pm

Androsace villosa taken in Fuente De 23km from Potes, you catch the El Cable car to the top where there is the most magnificent views and Alpine plants.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Daphne variety pygmaea alba 

A pure white Daphne. The cutting came from Otto, which I think originally came from Don in the Blue Mts. I have to be very careful not to loose this Daphne as it is very rare. I have planted it in the garden in ordinary garden soil and it would receive about half a day of sunshine. 
Fingers crossed

A few things out in Marg's garden today

Androsace sarmentosa Sheriffii growing in a large terracotta pot, managing to grow very well for Marg off the mountain. Above and below.

Campanula portenschlagiana a lovely strong Campanula in Australia, needing a little shade to do well.  From Woodbrige Nursery in Tasmania.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 Primula's reasonably easy for Australia

Primula megasaefolia from the Black Sea coastal area of Turkey in shady gullies and woods at 50-1100m. Finding the right area to grow this Primula in the garden, is most important, they like high shade and not to dry out in Summer, other wise not difficult to grow. You need to watch out for slugs and snails as they love the large Bergenia shaped leaves, they are not quite as large as Bergenia leaves.

Primula x vulgaris white flowers dark foliage. It is very beneficial to dig up your Primula vulgaris, hybrids, doubles and singles after flowering, pull them apart into sections and replant, well before the hot weather. Dig the soil over thoroughly add leaf mulch if you have some, replant the Primula's in the freshly dug over soil. Give them a small sprinkling of chicken pellets or fertiliser and thoroughly water in.

Primula Hallbourn Blue

Primula Juliae

Primula vulgaris

Primula x vulgaris hybrid Pink

Primula Purple Ribband Clover Hill Nursery.

Primula Blue Ribband

Primula x vulgaris hybrid Gentiana Nursery

Primula vulgaris Guinevere pink flowers dark foliage.

Primula x vulgaris ? 

Primula x vulgaris double dark blue Marg's.

Primula x vulgaris Double Pink from Barb in Mardan, Victoria 

Primula x vulgaris double blue grey

Primula x vulgaris double yellow.

Primula nimbuss this photo does not show the true colour of this photo courtesy of Antique Perennials,
it is very unusual colour to say the least, a double mauve-grey colour. Jon very kindly put one on the raffle at one of our meetings, I hope it is growing as well as mine is.

Primula x vulgaris double blue grey.

Primula vulgaris  sub sp. sibthorpii is a good clear pink, this one came from Otto and he has had it for many years , it is from E. Balkan Peninsula. It is one of the first Primula's to flower for me and makes a lovely display late winter. I have divided my plant and put clumps in all the shady parts of the garden. 
I learnt about the man John Sibthorp that this plant was named after, while researching the spelling of the name. John Sibthorp set off on a lengthy botanising trip around Greece with the artist Ferdinand Bauer. They produced a book called Flora Graeca produced and published after Sibthorp's death using money he had left for the publication. The tenth and final part was published but only 75 full sets were ever printed. A digitalised version is available online to see Ferdinand Bauer Illustrations. click on address to take you there.

Primula Lady Green a diminutive little Primula, very hardy here. Lynn's Rare Plants.

Primula petiolaris Gerry Mundey hybrid, Ottos Primula from Essie Huxley Tasmania.
Otto digs these Primula's up every year and replants them. Root aphis can be a big problem, he also makes sure the vine weevil hasn't laid her eggs in the crown of the Primula and the larvae  have not eaten all the roots killing the plants, they love the roots on all Primula's. Flowers below.

Primula boothii var. repens

Primula x Kewensis a hybrid found in Kew Gardens, very hardy in Australian conditions, a plant from the bun fight.

Primula Boothi hybrid

Primula kisoana alba makes a very large spreading patch in a semi shaded position. I used to have a lovely pink form, from Lydia Bartlet but it was lost during the drought.

Primula veris, cow slip Primula very rarely sold in Nurseries, you probably need to raise it from seed and you will get various colours. I forgot to take a photo of mine this is from the web. 
I have not included the Primula auricula and P. allonii as I will do them on another occasion.
I do wish we could get seed of the Primula that I saw in Spain as I think some of them would do well In Australia and take our heat. I will be showing photos and speaking about these Primula and other plants I saw in Spain at our next meeting on 25th November 8.00pm Community House Olinda.