June 2012 Week 4

1. Winter Rains Best in 7 years.

2. New Flat Screen TV

3. Trellis against Pullet House

4. Pumping from tanks

5. avocado border

6. Brassica progress incl brussels bed

Plants Arrived from Lambley

Francoa Ramosa

One of our best plants for shade, even dry shade when established. Francoa ramosa is the longest flowered of all the bridal wreaths. Long wands densely packed with showy white flowers are produced during summer and autumn over low mounds of evergreen foliage. We grow it under an old maple. It absolutely needs shade in our climate. 70cm x 50cm.

Francoa Ramosa from Lambley Nursery Victoria.

Geum Tangerine

This is one of the best perennials you could grow. It is tough, sun loving, drought tolerant and very easy. Geum ‘Tangerine’ starts flowering in mid to late winter when not much else is happening. Large clumps of handsome, hairy, evergreen foliage are covered by a cloud of tangerine-orange flowers, the size of a 50 cent coin, on thin wiry stems. With judicial dead heading it will bloom throughout the season from winter until autumn. 70cm x 70cm.

Geum Tangerine from Lambley Nursery Victoria.

Nicotiana Sylvestris

Night Scented Tobacco

This annual fills empty spots in the garden near our packing shed. 200cm tall stems clothed in large handsome leaves carry, from mid-summer onwards, large clusters of pure white narrowly tubular flowers, flared at the end. Occasionally at dusk a species of hawk moth, hovering like a humming bird, extends a long proboscis and inserts it into the flower. As the flower tube is about 6 cm long the moth’s proboscis would be close to that in length. The same moths also can be seen in their hundreds feeding on the Agapanthus that lines the driveway here at Lambley.

Nicotiana Sylvestris as seeds from Lambley Nursery.

Tropaeolum Majus

Trailing Nasturtium

This strain is the long trailing variety of Nasturtium which is becoming harder and harder to buy in Australia. Our stock comes from the USA. In recent years the non-running strains have filled catalogues. These strains rather miss the point. Nasturtiums should run. We grow trailing Nasturiums along a path in the vegetable garden where by late summer the trailing stems carrying masses of orange, red, cream, yellow or lemon flowers, are a metre or more long. As I live in a frost prone area plant fresh seed in 10cm pots in early October and plant the seedlings out into their final position in mid-November when the danger of frosts is over. If you don’t get late frosts just plant the seed in situ in September.

Nasturtium Majus seeds from Lambley Nursery, Victoria.

Nasturtiums in Lambley Nursery Vegetable Garden.

Nasturtiums at Lambley Nursery.

Kniphofia Sarmentosa

Winter Poker

The longest in flower of all the winter pokers filling the gap between the late autumn flowering K. ensifolia and the late winter flowering K. ‘Winter Cheer’. Handsome clumps of swirling blue green leaves are a lovely foil for K. sarmentosa’s glowing coral-scarlet pokers. This Kniphofia is particularly drought tolerant getting by with no watering at all. To keep it tidy we cut the foliage down to 20cm after flowering.

Kniphofia Sarmentosa from Lambley Nursery.

Kniphofia Sarmentosa. Winter Flowering Red Hot Poker.

Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’

The dry hillsides of Greece and Turkey have given us a whole range of beautiful, drought tolerant evergreen ornamental Oreganos. Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ makes a mat of round blue-green leaves and arching stems carrying large hanging Hops-like heads of pink and green flowers. In our dry garden we grow it as a carpet in front of and beneath roses and Yuccas. 30cm x 35cm.

Origanum Kent Beauty from Lambley Nursery.

Ornithogalum Saundersae

Giant Chincherinchee

This is one of the best cut flowers for late summer picking making 120cm tall rigid stems topped by a crown of long lasting waxy ivory white, dark centred flowers. Each head lasts a good two months in the garden and two to three weeks in the vase. This bulb needs some summer irrigation to be at its best and also a site in full sun. 130cm x 30cm.

Ornithogalum Saundersae.

Salvia Nemorosa ‘Lambley Dumble’

A chance seedling which I found growing in our double flower borders near Salvia x superba ‘Tanzarin’ and S. nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’ and I can only assume that it is a hybrid between those two. Tall and stiffly upright with markedly blackish stems and spikes of glowing dark violet purple flowers. We planted it in our dry garden three years ago and it has done very well. I named it after a wooded valley near my home village in England. 65cm x 50cm. Sun.

Salvia Nemorosa ‘Lambley Dumble’

Stachys Byzantinus ‘Big Ears’

This Lamb’s Ear has very large leaves, up to 20cm long, felty grey rather than the more normal woolly white. It hardly flowers with us but occasionally produces an 80cm tall woolly stems with whorls of soft mauve purple flowers. Of course it isn’t grown for its flowers but the evergreen, ground covering mat of grey foliage. Criss and I grow it in front of Agapanthus and Stipa gigantea but it is classic companion to roses. Foliage clumps 30cm x 60cm.

Stachys Byzantinus Big Ears. Lambs Ears.

Symphytum Grandiflorum ‘Ascot Blue’

This is a fine blue flowered form of ornamental comfrey. Tough, shade loving and tolerant of dryness when once established this will make a good groundcover for difficult shaded areas. During spring it carries 35cm tall stems carrying dangling bells of blue flowers. The evergreen foliage makes a dense weed proof groundcover. 35cm by 40cm.

Ornamental Comfrey ‘Ascot Blue’. Symphytum Grandiflorum.

Thymus Ciliatus

Morrocan Thyme

Lambley is slowly building up a collection of unusual thymes especially those that are native to hot dry areas of the world. We imported Thymus ciliatus last year and it has done well here at Lambley. It makes low ground covering mats of hairy leaves, 5cm tall by 50cm or more across, which are covered in spring by heads of soft pink flowers set in purple calyces. The foliage will often turn red during winter. This plant needs a spot in full sun.

Morrocan Thyme. Thymus Coliatus from Lambley Nursery.

Thymus Longicaulis ssp Chaubardii

Cretan Thyme

This thyme was imported from Beth Chatto’s wonderful nursery in the U.K. Making a prostrate carpet of tiny glossy dark green leaves it is covered with showy rose pink flowers held in clusters above the plant during spring. This Greek native is one of the best of its kind and needs very little extra water. We have planted it in the Dry Garden as a ground cover around Hesperaloe where Iris reticulata, Crocus species and wild tulips flower. 6cm x 40cm.

Cretan Thyme. Thymus Longicaulis ssp Chaubardii from Lambley Nursery.

Thymus Neicefii

Trailing Thyme

A mat forming thyme with grey-green needle like leaves making interesting foliage effects. It comes from Central Turkey and is happy in our torrid summers and cold winters. It produces clear pink flowers along the length of its shoots. Very different and lovely growing here with dwarf Phlomis and dwarf Santolina. 4cm tall by 50cm across. Wants a spot in full sun. This is its first Australian release.

Trailing Thyme. Thymus Neiceffii from Lambley Nursery, Victoria.

 

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