Six for Saturday 9th February 2019

Not a lot of gardening has happened today; the wind and cold were not really conducive to pottering. Despite the skies being heavy with wintering clouds, there were moments when the clouds cleared and the sun shone through making the Anemanthele lessoniana glisten.

The Phormium, growing in the same border as the grass, is one of those plants that I am in two minds about.  At this time of year I love it especially when it is back-lit by sunshine but come the summer it doesn’t work very well with the perennials I have in the border but then again I am thinking about reducing the amount of asters in the border so we shall see.  

Another plant that comes into its own at this time of year is the Arum italicum which provides  a lovely backdrop to the early spring bulbs; this particular plant grows as a pretty skirt under the camellia below which looks like it might flower any day now.

Finishing on the foliage theme I thought I would share a photo of one of my Aeoniums which are thriving in the greenhouse.  The mild winter has led to unusually high temperatures in the greenhouse which has meant the plants have continued to grow rather than going dormant as they normally do at this time of year. 

For more Six for Saturday posts check out The Propagator’s blog whose great idea this meme was.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. That Arum leaf is rather pretty, I will put it on my list of possible things to get.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I think mine arrived of its own accord either via birds or in a pot from somewhere, it is merrily spreading itself around so I think must seed itself but I can’t recall seeing flowers. I have grown arum creticum from seed and it was fairly easy

  2. Gorgeous – there’s so much variety of texture in foliage, isn’t there!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I think foliage is underrated, people are more interested in flowers

    2. Absolutely. You can see why, especially at this time of year, but there is so much to delight in with the various greens and the leaf shapes.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Aeoniums are dormant in winter? That sounds funny. What do they do? I mean, how do they go dormant? Mine are at their best through winter, which the air is humid and cool. They get rather scrawny in the aridity of summer and autumn. I almost want to cut them back by the end of autumn, but I know that even the lean rosettes will fluff out when the rain starts. I just featured the recently.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      By dormant I mean I keep them dry in a frost free greenhouse and they just sit there not really growing, once the risk of frost has passed they move outside and the warmer weather and moisture allows them to grow more. Saying that one of my aeoniums is flowering because the winter has been so mild that the temperatures in the greenhouse have been unusually high for winter

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Is Arum italicum always outfitted with such prominent foliar patterns? I have not looked at it much, since I have considered to to be an invasive weed. I thought that at least some were just plain green. After seeing them in the gardens of others, I want to dig them up and move them into the garden, just so I can experience growing them for a few seasons. Is so, I might get a plain green one. They are growing now, so should not be moved until dormant in nine months or so.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi yes I think italicum is well marked. I think the plain ones are creticum or one beginning with m whose name I can’t remember.

    2. tonytomeo says:

      I don’t know if that is good or bad. There could be two specie of invasive exotic arums that have naturalized here! Oh well, I may as well enjoy them.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thanks, they are rather tall now so I might pluck up courage and chop them down and try to propagate some more

    2. Mine is not happy , lack of light I suspect. In need of a greenhouse!

  5. Megan says:

    I love Arum Italicum. I have been picking a leaf and putting it in a vase with Galanthus Elwesii and a sprig of Sarcoccoa. Lovely!

  6. cavershamjj says:

    I also have a phormium about which I am ambivalent. It has burgundy leaves but isn’t very attractive if I’m honest. Will see how it fits in this year but may jetison.

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