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Posted: 09/07/2013 at 07:59

Hi Salino. Ref that Scopolia ( last comment about it). Did some Googling and this is a brief part of what is said.. Back in 1550 the original plants were found and were later named afte rthe famous Idrian physician and natural historian "Janez Anton Scopoli"  and the former province of Scopoli, presumably this means the brown/mauve flowered one  =  Scopolia carniolca.  Later plants were found in the forests around Turtak  with the yellow flowers by botanist Franc Hladnic - hence Scopolia carnilioca hlanikiana. Got this by typing the plants full name only into search and this is some details from first reference on page.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 16:07

Hi Salino. Lass I was just commenting in that post on these ( as the others) as plants I liked and had grown - no statement other than that was intended. I liked CL's writing and choices myself but these comments are strictly my own preferences of the past. No thoughts about the Arnebias, Sternbergias or Crinum - enjoy your comments and thoughts and would like to hear them (yours and Verduns) on these as with any others I mention if I continue posting my thoughts on a selection of what I have grown in the past. By the way ref that Scopolia  this I found looking through those 2 liner small ads in the garden mags as I said I found many great plants years ago. I only found out later that they were/are  rare plants.  -  They do so I read only grow in just one place in Slovenia ( I think)  -  Scopolia carniolica itself has brown/mauve flowers but the one I have "hladnikiana" has pale green yellow flowers (as it should have) so I feel sure I have the correct plant. Both are rated rare to very rare in the case of hladnikiana and are on the lists of threatened species I read.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 12:03

 Hi all. Just a pic. I always allow a few of these self sown Poppies to stay. Last year they were the mauve coloured doubles/semi doubles. Red singles so far this year. Spotted this Wasp of some kind and thought it would make a nice pic.



Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:21

Hallo jean. Must not say too much here ref birds - but perhaps since they are such a vital part of the garden ( flying flowers?) a thread called say Garden Birds would be interesting?. I mentioned that we get far fewer of them here (mostly the Greats,Blues, Marshand Coal Tits) in addition to Woodpeckers, Blackbirds and a few others. Had more in the garden when living near Colchester and miss very much those I no longer see living here. Regards and best wishes.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 10:15

Hi Salino -  Verdun - all.  Ref that raised bed it is quite fiercely drained having a goodly amount of small  (limefree) gravel in it and in the planting holes/soil - the surface layer is (presumably) going to prevent "collar rot" in winter etc - I may well devise some cover or other to further protect from this damp.    Ref looking back to plants once grown I will if OK comment on a few at a time here and there.   Please remember these are years old memories and as I found them - others experiences with them if grown may well have been different - from there comes conversation and interest - by telling of it. Great favourites of mine were the tall Thalictrums - dipterocarpum  and its var Hewetts Double.  Extremely slender plants with fine foliage thin stems with the most dainty violet and cream flrs with as I recall a ring of petals and a tuft of stamens (?) in the centre - that was dipterocarpum - Hewetts double had fully double flowers mostly mauve I think. The whole plants very graceful but needed to be planted in a windfree spot since  being so slender they could easily be blown into a tangle which spoilt them. Next a little gem and not easy to come by then, do not know the situation now. Called Arnebia echioides - The Prophets Flower. Cannot remember too much about it except that again dainty with yellow 5 petalled flowers,  each petal with a black spot at its base which soon faded one flowers unfurled. Called The Prophets Flower due to it  having been touched by one of the Prophets - theres more to that story but memory fails me - look it up perhaps. The Japanese anemones pink and white I loved and allowed them to wander in  the borders where planted - the single white was my favourite -  I was still growing these in my last garden nr Colchester - could be tricky to get started since roots were pencil like with few fibrous ones  but once established you had them for ever all things being equal etc. When I spoke of that raised bed under the South wall in which the Ostrowskia was attempted I also had a go at Sternbergias  - I found these  a bit difficult with mixed result - seem to remember the foliage appeared in Spring and the flowers in Autumn. Not sure now but I believe I read that the "standard" ones were rated more difficult than another ( again the name fails me) variety which flowered more readily. The right of that raised area in level ground I planted a Crinum and had years of pleasure from it. A large brandy bottle shaped bulb as I recall which over years steadily got bigger and bigger. Needed winter protection but remember this was under a South wall - in late Autumn I folded its stout foliage back over it,  put a cover of plastic round its front  and filled  this with straw/whatever. Enough for now but again please remember that these are "off the top of the head" recollections from a now elderly person so forgive please any errors - intended for interest and conversation.  Any of the plants can be read of fully in the books written by the experts if further info is wanted should you think you also may like them. Regards.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:27

Hi Salino - Verdun. I know very little of Grasses but referring to Salinos pic I did have a couple of plants bought as Festuca ovina glauca and they were more as Verdun described it - quite blue foliage and uprigh buff flrs - that might help.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 14:12

Hi Verdun. Forgot to mention I have found my plant lists which go back to 1957 though not up to date with later plants here which hopefully I can remember. I say this because I wondered if it would be of interest to have a natter about  some of our past favourites as well as present ones.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 14:08

Hi all. A couple more "tinys" - about the same dimensions as the Silene. These are a Pink and a S





Posted: 07/07/2013 at 13:52

Hi Verdun. So sorry I did not spot your comment re Carex pendula. It is for sure a hefty beast but where it is  planted right over against the woods does not matter - t'will hurt now't there, just does not matter. I will certainly leave the jokes to you, mine always are not understood or they fall flat on their faces. Hows your day going, very hot here and they water butts are getting very low - panic stations soon at this rate.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 13:40

Hi all. A bit of contrast to all these hefty Hosta pics I have sent -  heres a dwarf Silene alpina - 3 inches across - 1 in high - flowers about quarter inch



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