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.