Posted: 15/07/2016 at 19:35
Picture just taken as flowers folding a little in the evening but here is one of my Wild Swans. hence the rather dull picture
Been in flower since May, will continue until autumn and is now in its 4th year providing flowers every summer, all summer, from its first year. A large healthy, robust and beautiful plant. Ruffled Swan ...first year...is about to flower a little further down. Deschampsia behind, with Sanguisorba White Tanna behind that soon to flower.
cultivation? different quality clones about I think but mine are in the richest soil I have, in slightly dappled shade....mine does receive plenty of afternoon sunshine but taller plants filter it somewhat ...., and given rich compost at planting time plus a mulch of pelleted chicken manure, fish blood and bone and a mixer of ordinary mpc.
Planting in poor dry soil would be a waste of money and time.
For me Wild Swan is superb....I have 3 plus its "cousin" Ruffled Swan. Will be interesting to observe the differences between Ruffled and Wild Swan but already the former has a robust constitution and the soon to unfurl buds look promising
I suggest NOT buying as plugs or as 9cm plants.....buy them large and in flower and take the trouble right from planting time to treat 'em well