Monday, June 6, 2016

"I Don't think there is anything out!"
On visiting Otto last Saturday to drop off some Cyclamen from Stephen and to return an umbrella left behind at the hall, I thought I will take my camera. On seeing my camera, I don't think there is anything out was the statement, "Oh well I will just take a shot of the Epacris" but as we strolled around the garden there were Erica's, little prostrate Calluna's, just the bones of the garden came shining through. I took lots of photo's and here are the best of them and each one has a story behind it, as with all of our gardens it is made up of memories of Nurseries and plants people. Every conceivable space is used in Otto's Garden, and there must be thousands of plants in it.

Anemone trullifolia.

A lovely little mound of Coprosma either a New Zealand or an Australian.

There were 2 clumps of Epacris reclinata, an Australian Epacris that grows in moist positions along the road side and up in the Grampian Mts. in Victoria.

Erica carnea 'Eileen Porter', is much darker than is shown in the photo.

Erica carnea 'Springwood pink'

An Australian fern from Gillanders Nursery in Tasmania, name long gone, with its Autumn foliage it is deciduous and comes back in spring.

Fuchsia procumbens the New Zealand prostrate fuchsia with its gorgeous red fruits, needs a cool semi shaded position. Otto's trails over a small retaining wall.

When trying to look up the spelling of Galanthus ikariae snogerupii  I found that these particular Galanthus sell for 55.00 pounds each in the UK you just wonder how anyone can afford one let alone two bulbs.

I raised this Helichrum coralloides hybrid from seed a long time ago, and gave Otto a struck cutting. He has kept the plant alive in the glass house and has given me some struck cuttings back as I lost mine in our move to the new garden.

Iris Juno planifolia Kew July 06, seed was from Tony Hall curator of the Iris section at Kew Botanic gardens.

Otto's Pleonie orchids already potted up in their special mix, course perlite is added to aid in free drainage and it also stops drying out in summer months as it clings to the plant roots. All ready for spring flowering. Otto has a Pleonie named after him.

Primula petiolaris 'Gerry Mundea' hybrid from the great Tasmanian gardener Essie Huxley. These primula need to be divided every year to keep the vigour in the plants. Course gravel and leaf mulch is added to the soil each year.

Ramonda x regis-ferdinanai imported from the Munich Botanic Gardens in 1989, Otto may be the only person with this hybrid Ramonda as Munich Bot. Garden's have since lost all their plants and he is not sure if any one still has the plant, other than the person overseas that he sent a leaf cutting to.

A lovely pan of Raoulia x Loganii and Leucogenes New Zealand alpines that both require cuttings to be taken each year in case the plants die, or fall apart in the middle.

 Another lovely pan of Celmisia saxifraga and Celmisia ?longifolia both Tasmanian Native plants,

A thirty year old Scleranthus biflorus easy from cuttings and seed.

A Salix fruticulosa Syn. S. hylematica  also Syn. S. serphllum a prostrate willow from the Himalaya's. I would like to know if anyone is growing any of the dwarf Salix in Australia please, could you leave a message on the blog or an email to me or Fermi as I would like to make a list of what we still have growing in Australia. Thank you.

Colchicum doerfleri from Marcus Harvey 2014 that I wish would hurry up and multiply. I'm a bit partial to Colchicum as you can tell in past articles.

A Tasmanian endemic Richea scoparia beautiful in the winter light.

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