Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:32
Hi. Ref my comment on plants lost, those that although striving to give them the conditions they need just walk out on us. Heres a few of mine - the small Gunnera magellanica. Variegated Brunnera, Monarda ( love this plant and regret it does not seem to like me). Trycurtis. I was very lucky to be able to buy just one off each of the old white double and lilac double Primroses which stayed a while and then left me in spite of all efforts. The old Madonna Lilies - these were given to me in a bucket mid summer when in flower, pals dad was moving home and had a row of them totally neglected but thriving - in spite of all my care they slowly left over several years ( no doubt aided by that wretched beetle) as did Lilium pyrenaicum and the red Martagons. I read many gardening books learning ( hopefully) all the time. Read of the Ostrowskias - described as almost impossible to grow but they looked so interesting I had to give it a go. Racking my brain here, this was 30-40 yrs ago - bulbous and of the Campanula family, needed fierce draining in full sun, a whiff too much and they wilted, flowers could be 6 in across. Planted mine in a raised bed at foot of a south facing wall in a mix of sand and grave - grew OK and at 2 feet thought I was going to get away with it - it wilted - nothing ventured....!. One thing I count as a marvel was when after ages managing to get hold of some Hacquetia I lovingly planted it in exactly the conditions stated as needed, just a small clump. After their foliage died away Autumn that was all to see until the small yellow flowers should have appeared on the surface in Spring - they did not so I gave up on that resolving to try again if poss. Anyway walking on a path edged with loose stonework one Spring morning there at the bottom of this wall, 12 feet away from where I had planted in Autumn was a tiny yellow flower - Hacquetia for sure. Watched it grow and when it had got bigger carefully removed it from that wall bottom and replanted near to where I had first planted the original. Happy to say have had them ever since and have three nice groups. Worth reading about if you do not know them, how the flowers gradually turn green into summer etc, look a little like Jack in the Green Primroses.