Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2015

Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy'
Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’

I nearly forgot all about Garden Bloggers Bloom Day but here I am a day late.  My first offering is the elegant Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’.  I acquired this a year ago from a local plant sale and it seems to be one of those plants that has been doing the rounds in our local HPS group.  I love the two-tone flowers along with the grey toned leaves.  It’s also easy from cuttings.

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The Asters have started to flower.  Most of my asters have smallish flower except for the one above which is one of the larger flowered varieties, but I have no idea which as the label is long-lost, although I know it’s not Monch as I have never bought that one.

Dollingeria umbellata
Dollingeria umbellata

As you may know Asters have been through a serious review of their names over recent years, with the changes being adopted a few years back in the US and coming into force in the UK this year.  Above is what I purchased as Aster umbellata but is not Dollingeria umbellata – that will take some time to remember.

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I’m not sure of the name of this one either so I will have to ask Helen Picton at Old Court Nursery.

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The Japanese Anemones have started to flower which is good news.  I have had the one above for years and it has been divided, moved, composted over and over again.  The plant above is in the front garden and has taken a few years to start flowering but now it is it is adding some brightness to a shady corner.

Japanese Anemone 'Prinz Heinrich'
Japanese Anemone ‘Prinz Heinrich’

I am pleased to see Prinz Heinrich flowering; it along with two other pink varieties were added to the Cottage/Rose Border last year.  Lady Emily is in bud but Queen Charlotte is looking a little weedy.  Hopefully next year they will be better established and flower strongly.

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Flowering delights in the pots include this yellow auricula.  Grown from seed probably 3 years ago its flower surprised me when I was tidying up at the weekend.

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And I must share my Kangaroo Paw with you as I am very proud of it having grown the plant from seed probably 4 years ago.  It will have to go back under cover soon to protect it for the winter.

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Another home grown plant – this time a hardy fuschia grown from a cutting last year acquired from a HPS friend.  I do know the variety but it has got too dark for me to go and peer at the label so I will leave you wondering.

 

Kirengshoma palmata
Kirengshoma palmata

Finally my beloved Kirengshoma palmata which I included in my Vase on Monday post – I can report they don’t in my limited experience do very well as a cut flower.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. It really doesn’t help when the nomenclature gets changed on you. I still haven’t got used to Pluto not being a planet any more, and that happened years ago!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rachel
      Pluto not being a planet passed me by, am now reeling in shock!!!

  2. linda says:

    I’m very envious of your Kirengshoma palmate bloom; mine refuses , I think it get too hot for it in the PNW.

  3. rusty duck says:

    Oh, I’m glad you didn’t forget Bloom Day Helen. The salvia is lovely, but I’m really taken with the Kangaroo Paw. I didn’t think we could grow them in chilly old Blighty.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jessica
      The kangaroo paw is tender so lives in a pot and goes under cover in the winter.

  4. Loree says:

    A blooming Kangaroo Paw from seed? That is extremely impressive!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Loree
      Go me!! It’s taken about 4/5 years and I have lost plants each winter, down to two now.

  5. Wonderful! My favourites are that gorgeous salvia, and the Japanese anenomes. Someone nearby here has a huge J. A. in their front garden that I have been coveting, and whenever I walk past it I always think that one day I’ll come past with a pair of scissors and sneak off a cutting. (Or I could just ring their doorbell and ask…)

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Joanna
      the easiest way to propagata Japanese Anemone is to get a bit of the root. Once established they clump up quickly and send out teritary (?) roots which then send up a stem. They are easy to break off.

    2. Thanks Helen, that’s v. useful to know… although this rather rules out the neighbour’s plant :o)
      I shall find someone I actually know with one instead!

  6. Great blooms! How lovely to ‘find’ your yellow auricula.

  7. Pauline says:

    Lovely selection of late summer flowers, I think I will have to try moving my Japanese Anemones into a bit more sun, they’re not flowering very well where they are in the shade.

  8. Anna says:

    Oh ‘Phyllis Fancy’ is a lovely lady Helen. Did she overwinter ok or is that a cutting from the original. I bought a couple of salvias last month from a nursery somewhere near you at the Southport Flower Show – ‘Nachtlvinder’ and ‘African Skies’. I prefer the latter. I’ve given up trying to keep up with all these name changes – not only are the new ones usually tongue twisters but also sound unattractive too.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      I overwintered Phyllis in the greenhouse but I have some from cuttings as well. Will be taking some more soon, would you like one if I get it to root?

  9. pamecrement says:

    Lovely!! I am so much enjoying your blog photos and what you are sharing about gardening (an area I am weak in).

  10. Gorgeous photos, I’ve always had a soft spot for Kirengshoma palmate and Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ so I really enjoyed seeing those in your album.

  11. Cathy says:

    Dollingeria? Sounds like a nasty disease but presumably there is a botanical reason for it… 😉 That salvia looks gorgeous – knowing that they are not always hardy I shall be watching my new ones with interest, but at least you already know yours was a success with other HPS members. What a nice surprise your auricula must have been – and well done for your ‘kangaroo paw’!

  12. Diana Studer says:

    you can try picking twiggy flowers the night before and leaving them in a bucket of water overnight. They may last better. Depends, some plants just don’t like being picked!

  13. hillwards says:

    I fell for Salvia Phyllis Fancy some five years ago at Wisley where there were some magnificent large drifts in the long borders. It’s still on my wishlist, must do something about that!
    Sara

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sara
      If the cuttings I took this weekend take I will send you one in the spring, but dont hold you breath as my success rate isnt high!

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