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There are some plants which worm their way into my heart quite unexpectedly and I become completely obsessed with them.  Melianthus major is one but it is getting tough competition this year from Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’. Salvias are a family I have toyed with over recent years but they haven’t really grabbed my attention.  I have a couple of hardy shrubby ones, the dark blue Salvia ‘Amistad’ and Salvia involucrata ‘Boutin’. I… Read More

The plant of the moment is definitely the Digitalis ferruginea also known as the Rusty Foxglove.  I grew these from seed probably two years ago and this is their first year of flowering and the wait has certainly been worth it. Why Rusty Foxglove? Well I think the colours give  that away and the stem of the species name ferrum means iron so you can see how the common name came about…. Read More

How can you not be tempted by a plant with a name like Molopospermum peloponnesiacum?  I am becoming increasingly fond of this plant.  It was bought in May 2012 from Crug Plants and so right from the start it has fond memories associated with it of time spent with gardening friends.  I feel for the ferny foliage and although it was a little pricey for my budget I succumbed. The plant is… Read More

I find myself being drawn more and more to species plants rather than hybrids.  A case in point is the Aster umbellatus which resides on in the Daisy Border on the slope.  It flowers before the other Asters and daisy type flowers in my garden and is very popular with pollinators. Aster umbellatus is a North American species.  It is also  known as Flat Topped Aster.  Some US sites say  it should … Read More

My plant of the moment is the Saxifraga fortunei ‘Wada’s Form’.  I bought this plant two years ago at the Malvern Autumn Show and it has really taken off over the past year, culminating in a fantastic display of pretty little flowers. I was surprised to discover that there are quite a wide range Saxifragas but the one I am loving at the moment is a Saxifraga fortunei.   The plant is a… Read More