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Dichelostemma Ida-Maia (Firecracker Lily) February 2017.

February 3, 2017

Bulbs For Yorke Peninsula

The firecracker lily, Dichelostemma Ida-Maia is a fantastic bulb for the Yorke Peninsula. The foliage grows from  late autumn through winter into spring before dying down then not long after that in late November or early December it starts sending up its flower spikes with many flowers at the top of each spike resembling and exploding sky rocket, where it gets its common name of Firecracker Lily from.

It is a great plant for a Christmas indoor vase display because it has all the seasonal colours; red, green and white. Flowers last in the vase for what seems ages and look beautiful throughout the Christmas-new year week.

Each spike is about 60cm long so a bunch of these make a nice centre piece.

In my garden these are in the dry garden bed which gets no extra irrigation over summer, and these don’t need any water at all. This summer…

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Early Bulbs Order Summer 2016-17

January 30, 2017

My Lambley bulbs arrived and as usual was well packed and in perfect order. The following photo shows the bulbs as they were unpacked and I was amazed at the size of one of the Colchicum bulb sizes. It was of course called “The Giant” so it will be exciting to see if the flower is proportionately as large. Of more interest is whether it will repeat flower in our mild mediteranean winters and very hot summers.

January 2017 early bulbs delivery from Lambley Gardens and Nursery. On the far right is a Sternbergia Lutea (autumn crocus), to the left is the Colchicum"The Giant" followed by Colchicum Byzantinum and Acis Autumnale on the far left. Bulbs are shown for comparison.

January 2017 early bulbs delivery from Lambley Gardens and Nursery. On the far right is a Sternbergia Lutea (autumn crocus), to the left is the Colchicum”The Giant”(2 bulbs) followed by Colchicum Byzantinum (packs of 10) and Acis Autumnale on the far left. Bulbs are shown for comparison.

The following bulbs are early flowering bulbs and well suited to South Australia’s dry climate and mild winters, especially of you are in a frost-free area on the coast. Many bulbs need a good winter and spring chilling to flower effectively but these have been proven to be happy with our mild winters.

The thing about getting hold of these is that you need to get in early and that means the Christmas/New Year period when the focus is on things other than gardens unless you are a very keen gardener. I buy these bulbs from a reputable Australian grower David Glenn at Lambley Nursery and Gardens in Ascot near Ballarat in Victoria. Early autumn bulbs are usually delivered at the end of January or early February while the spring-flowering bulbs can be expected around April.

COLCHICUM BYZANTINUM

Byzantine Autumn Crocus

From a genus of tough autumn flowering bulbs (and a few miffy spring-flowering species) which suit our climate very well. They flower, make their leaf growth and retire into dormancy during autumn, winter and spring. Colchicum byzantinum has several large, pink almost tulip like flowers and half a dozen bulbs will make a great display. 30cm x 30cm. Sun or light shade.

Colchicum Byzantinum

Colchicum Byzantinum

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Colchicum Byzantinum Autumn Crocus Massed.

Colchicum ‘The Giant’

Giant Autumn Crocus

 Pinkish lavender flowers are produced on very tall stems in autumn. The Giant is good increaser which will soon make a good display in the garden. A spacing of 40 cm would not be too much. Sun or light shade will suit it.

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Colchicum Autumn Giant

Acis autumnale

Autumn Snowflake

Found wild in Spain, Portugal, Corsica, Sardinia and North Africa this precious little bulb has thrived here at Lambley in a rough overgrown paddock for 18 years. Each autumn I have large drifts of these white fairy bells hanging on thin 15cm tall stems. A well-drained spot in the sun or light shade which gets a fair baking in the summer suits it. Plant from 5 to 10 centimetres apart and this bulb will soon build up its numbers.

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Acis Autumnale – Autumn snowflake from Lambley Nursery and Garden.

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Acis Autumnale – Autumn Snowflake from Lambley Nursery & Gardens.

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Autumn Snowflake from Lambley Nursery & Gardens.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day April 2013

April 15, 2013
2013 is a great year for the Ox-Tongue Lillies (haemanthus sp). I grew these in the Dry Garden with no extra water during summer. No rain fell during spring and summer this year and it was the hottest summer on record. I wonder if that contributed to this magnificent result?

2013 is a great year for the Ox-Tongue Lillies (haemanthus sp). I grew these in the Dry Garden with no extra water during summer. No rain fell during spring and summer this year and it was the hottest summer on record. I wonder if that contributed to this magnificent result?

Oxtongue Lillies 2013-02

No perfectly clear. I think I got the shakes admiring these beauties!

Oxtongue Lillies 2013-03

These are definitely in focus and it is easy to see why they cost $35-55 per bulb to buy. I have grown these for the last 30 years when I was given a single bulb by Rosemary Starkey at Sanderston when I was caretaker of a sheep station.

Zauschneria Californica Western Hills in the Powton Garden. Has no water during spring and summer and is flowering strongly still.

Zauschneria Californica Western Hills in the Powton Garden. Has no water during spring and summer and is flowering strongly still.

Closeup of Zauschneria Californica Western Hills. 11th April 2013.

Closeup of Zauschneria Californica Western Hills. 11th April 2013.

Sedum Munstead Dark red. 11 April 2013.

Sedum Munstead Dark red. 11 April 2013.

Salvia Meigan's Magic is now standing 1.8m tall and wide. I cut these 3 plants to the ground in winter and they have done extremely well. only watered twice during spring and summer.

Salvia Meigan’s Magic is now standing 1.8m tall and wide. I cut these 3 plants to the ground in winter and they have done extremely well. only watered twice during spring and summer.

Closeup of Salvia Meigan's Magic.

Closeup of Salvia Meigan’s Magic.

Salvia Leucantha Harry's Red. Great perfomer with not a single drop of rain from September to April and flowering magnificently! Second year of flowering.

Salvia Leucantha Harry’s Red. Great perfomer with not a single drop of rain from September to April and flowering magnificently! Second year of flowering.

Closeup of Salvia Leucantha Harry's Red. (aka Mexican Sage)

Closeup of Salvia Leucantha Harry’s Red. (aka Mexican Sage)

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle. This is one of my favourite flowers this year. Right next to the gate to the chooks and impresses me every time. Dainty and subtle yet demands attention. Looks like dancing butterflies!

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle. This is one of my favourite flowers this year. Right next to the gate to the chooks and impresses me every time. Dainty and subtle yet demands attention. Looks like dancing butterflies!

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle Closeup April 2013

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle Closeup April 2013

Salvia Anthony Parker. Second year flowering.

Salvia Anthony Parker. Second year flowering.
Closeup of Salvia Anthony Parker.

Closeup of Salvia Anthony Parker.

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spires’. This plant has been in the garden for two years now and has done extra well. Several seedlings came up from last year's flowering. Will have to move some of them this year.

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spires’. This plant has been in the garden for two years now and has done extra well. Several seedlings came up from last year’s flowering. Will have to move some of them this year.

Galtonia Viridiflora. First year of flowering and is very impressive indeed.

Galtonia Viridiflora. First year of flowering and is very impressive indeed.

Eryngium Planum Norgate's Form 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate’s Form 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate's Form Closeup. 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate’s Form Closeup. 130411

Ornithogalum Saundersae. Purchased as a bulbs from Lambley Nursery in June 2012. This is the only one flowering.

Ornithogalum Saundersae. Purchased as a bulbs from Lambley Nursery in June 2012. This is the only one flowering.

Agastache Aurantiaca has been impressive this year, particularly in late summer and autumn. Originally a seedling from Lambley Nursery.

Agastache Aurantiaca has been impressive this year, particularly in late summer and autumn. Originally a seedling from Lambley Nursery.

Close up view of Agastache Aurantiaca. Has not attracted the birds as the do in Ballarat.

Close up view of Agastache Aurantiaca. Has not attracted the birds as the do in Ballarat.

First flowering of this plant which has been in my shadehouse for 2 years. I am a bit underwhelmed by some of the bromeliads.

First flowering of this plant which has been in my shadehouse for 2 years. I am a bit underwhelmed by some of the bromeliads.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze in North Perennial Bed April 2013.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze in North Perennial Bed April 2013.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze Closeup April 2013

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze Closeup April 2013

Tulbaghia Violacea opposite the Avocado Garden. No water since August. April 2013.

Tulbaghia Violacea opposite the Avocado Garden. No water since August. April 2013.

Miscanthus Transmorrisonenis in the Banana Garden. April 2013.

Miscanthus Transmorrisonenis in the Banana Garden. April 2013.

Geranium Unnamed Variety. April 2013 near front gate.

Geranium Unnamed Variety. April 2013 near front gate.

Alstroemeria. Dwarf variety in North Pernnial Garden. April 2013.

Alstroemeria. Dwarf variety in North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica covers the entire fence of the tennis courts and Kiosk Yard. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica covers the entire fence of the tennis courts and Kiosk Yard. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica Closeup. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica Closeup. April 2013.

Canna Lily in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Canna Lily in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Clivia in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Clivia in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Maroon in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Maroon in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Pink in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Pink in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Salvia Royal Bumble in the South Deciduous Garden. April 2013.

Salvia Royal Bumble in the South Deciduous Garden. April 2013.

Daylily Cranberry Baby was a plant I bought from Lambley Nursery this year. It has out performed the standard orange variety in that it has repeat flowered many times over summer and autumn. It grows to about 30cm tall in the regularly watered North Perennial Garden.

Daylily (Hemerocallis) Cranberry Baby was a plant I bought from Lambley Nursery this year. It has out performed the standard orange variety in that it has repeat flowered many times over summer and autumn. It grows to about 30cm tall in the regularly watered North Perennial Garden.

Kalanchoe closeup.

Kalanchoe April 2013.

Kalanchoe in a very hot spot all summer. Originally purchased at a garage sale for $5. Has flowered now for the past few months but has never looked better than it is now.

Kalanchoe in a very hot spot all summer. Originally purchased at a garage sale for $5. Has flowered now for the past few months but has never looked better than it is now.

Dry Garden Update January 2013

April 12, 2013
Dry Garden January 2013

Dry Garden January 2013

This is just one for the records. The Dry Garden is looking very nice at present and deserves a photo. Notice the early arrival of the Easter Lilies. We call them that but they aren’t actually as they always flower a long time before Easter here.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2012

October 9, 2012

This is the list of flowers in bloom in my garden in October this year. I will add to this as I survey my various gardens.

My garden is in the driest state of Australia – South Australia. We enjoy a Mediterranean Climate with wet winters and hot dry summers with a long autumn and short spring.

I recently joined the blogging group known as Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of each month you upload your photo report of what is flowering now.

Powtons (Paulonia) in full flower on the north side of the house. They are a fantastic tree flowering like this for about a month and then offering dense shade throughout summer.

Powton (paulonia) in full flower on the south side of the house October 2012.

Another view of paulonia in flower on the north side of the house October 2012.

Argyranthemum Maderense flowering in front of Echium Piniana Candicans Hybrid in the Powton Garden, October 2012.

Convolvulus Sabaticus flowering superbly in the Dry Garden after being planted for 12 months. This has only received a splash from the birdbath for the entire time it has been in the dry garden. In that time it has spread well, is very dense and covered in flowers and seems to love living at the base of a large eucalypt tree.

Echeveria ruffles. Although not actually in flower it is making an attractive display in front of the verandah wall. I purchased two of these at a garage sale in September for $10 each. They are in identical concrete pots which are worth more than that each. The pagoda concrete ornament was purchased at auction for $8.

Echiums Flowering Majestically in the Dry Garden 2012

October 4, 2012

 

My echium simplex have begun flowering in the dry garden and look spectacular at the moment. Echium Wildpretti not far away eaither as is Echium Cobalt Towers.

The Dry Garden in October 2012, early morning shot. Echium Simplex towering at 2 metres high.

The Dry Climate Garden gets no more than threee waterings throughout the year, usually January, February and March. Less if it rains more than 25mm in any of those months. The entire garden is heavily mulched with cereal straw I obtain from a local farmer at very little cost as it is spoilt hay or straw from previous years and no longer saleable.

 

Al-Ru Farm Open Garden and Plant Fair 2012

October 3, 2012

 

This weekend was a long weekend for Labour Day in South Australia. As  usual there is always plenty on the schedule here and this time of the year that is particularly true.

Nevertheless we decided to get out for the day on Sunday and take in the open garden at Al-Ru Farm One Tree Hill before visiting Jeremy and his family then picking some bits and pieces up including Tom’s motorbike faerings. We had  couple of hours with Jeremy, Kerry and Jayden then spent another couple with Christine Kuys (John’s wife). John had to work so it was cup of coffee and a chat with Chris befoe heading back home.

Plant Fair at Al-Ru

As it turned out the plant fair was a great success for me. I had been able to negotiate a swap with David Glen for one of his Stan’s Giant Rhubarb plants in exchange for some Olearia Pannosa cuttings I had located (see previous blog entry). I did pick up some fresh cuttings and will send over a struck plant once mine have rooted properly in a few weeks.

Lambley’s stand was manned by Pat Hockley and he was inundated earl with buyers. I had no intention of missing out as he had brought over quite a few rarer plants. I will list these a bit later in this post.

There was a nursery selling Bamboo from Victoria- Bamboo Creations. I could not believe they had an Dendrocalamopsis oldhamii which I had been searching for. This is an edible bamboo also suitable for timber, especially trellising, growing 15m tall and 10mm thick. Very exciting! Bought a small one for $65.

Dendrocalamposis  Oldhamii planted 1st October 2012 after purchase from Bamboo Creations at the Al-Ru Farm Open Garden and Plant Fair, One Tree Hill.

The following link shows how to propagate bamboo. Not trialled but included for reference.

http://www.wikihow.com/Propagate-Bamboo

Al-Ru Farm Open Garden Flyer

Background History

Ruth & Alan Irving planted a few trees in 1981. Previously sheep grazed to within 10 metres of the small stone cottage and camped under the 10 Ash trees close by. More serious planting commenced in 1985. The garden is now 4 ha (10 acres) in size with 600m of perennial borders. We have bore water.

Winter and Spring

Is heralded at Al-Ru with a constant display of bright pink Silene and lime green Euphorbia, a combination created in heaven to be enjoyed from both indoors and out.

The Pond Garden

with its grasses blowing and Crab Apple Trilobata has matured. The box plants were severely pruned this autumn. Having seen the splendid show of the giant blue asters elsewhere in the garden I have planted som for this year in the raised bed. The golden leafed Robinia pseudoacacia fresia is looking good as is Crabapple floribunda.

The Woodland Garden

is cool and inviting like a woodland which has taken ages to achieve. Helleborus followed by Bluebells, geranium, Aquilegia Campanula, Angelica, Acanthus and all sorts of ground covers give constant joy.

The Rose Garden

will need a new watering system, brick edging and some replanting. I have said this for many years and it is still on the agenda. The Iron Maidens have set the tone in this garden and everything else must follow suit! Daffodils and Freesias abound.

The Pool Garden

is only new and I have already replaced the hedge with Japanese Box. Early October apple and pear tree flowers and Al-Ru Daisy look fresh. I have planted more of these as well as bright salmon Bougainvillea for summer colour. I am keeping this planting slightly wild. I have also planted Buddleja weyeriana Sun Gold so we have butterflies throughout the summer feeding on its nectar. There is something to be said about floating in a pool with butterflies fluttering overhead. We have an active and successful breeding program here at Al-Ru.

The Glass House

still needs a floor, but this will have to wait another year or two as so many other things here at Al-Ru!!

The Meadow Garden

opposite the kitchen window has had a major upheaval in the last 18 months. The hay shed and pergola have been given new life. Bellis Perennis, Schoestyke Daffodils, Helianthus Astersm Lythrum, and Achillea filipendulina Gold Plate all take their turn to make a wonderful show as well as the Easter daisy and simple white Shastas top take over when the bulbs have finished.

The Dam Garden

is a bigger project than I care to think about too deeply and future planning will need time to mature in this large area. The garden seats around the lake make it a relaxing are to think about development.

Airstrip

Alan was given a 1957 Auster for his 70th birthday. We have mown an airstrip in the front paddock for him to bring the aircraft home from Gawler airfield.

Watering

The cold winter has severely retarded our gardening efforts. The Iris varieties are all slow to flower this season. I have changed my watering routine. Some areas do not get watered at all and others far less than previously. Lawn areas are kept tall in summer to protect roots and keep them cool allowing me to water less. I believe passionately that we must look after all our large trees and not allow them to die as this will have tragic consequences for our environment. I always make sure they have sufficient water in late summer.

Plant Fair

We hope to make this an annual event with local and interstate nurseries showcasing and selling their plants. Please visit their stalls to stock up on new plants for your garden.

The Garden Pavilion

The Garden Pavilion is our bed and breakfast cottage for guests to enjoy planted with Simply Magic standard roses. behind this building there are beds of roses for picking, including Graham Thomas, Jayne Austin, Pink Masterpiece and Ellen. There are many sweet smelling plants in these gardens for our guests to enjoy including a highly scented Russian olive.

Garden Weddings

We enjoy weddings in the garden and receptions on the lawns or in the Barn. This little enterprise helps with the costs of garden maintenance and new garden projects. We look on this as “charity for the garden”. It is a wonderful way to share my passion with so many happy guests.

If you want to see more of Al-Ru farm click on this link: Al-Ru Farm website.

Plants Bought at Al-Ru Plant Fair

Bamboo Creations Nursery

Bambusa Oldhamii

Unkown Nursery – SA

Dracunculus Vulgaris

Lambley Nursery, Victoria

Ceanothus Concha

Arguably the most beautiful of all the Ceanothus varieties making an evergreen shrub up to 3 metres in height and as much across. The vibrant dark blue flowers are produced from magenta buds early in spring. Can be pruned to keep it small enough to suit smaller gardens. Best in a sunny spot and is happy in dry parts of the garden.

Ceanothus Concha from Lambley Nursery

Geranium Rambling Robin

A newly imported plant which we got from Olivier Filippi’s nursery in the South of France last year. It’s a hybrid between two South African species, G. incanum and G. robustum. It has the trailing habit of the former and vigour of the latter. In the dry garden it has made good evergreen mats of deeply incised silver-green leaves. It produces large lavender-pink flowers for most of spring, summer and autumn. It is frost, heat and drought tolerant and will grow 30cm tall by 60 to 80 cm across.

Geranium ‘Rambling Robin’ from Lambley Nursery, Victoria

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze

This is the only perpetual flowering Chrysanthemum I’ve ever grown. From spring until early winter and beyond this plant produces a continual display of small bronze-red flowers. I grew it in pots at the front door last season but it is just as happy in the garden. It picks well of course. 60cm by 40cm.

Chrysanthemum Buininyong Bronze

Phlomis Purpurea x Crinita

This new import is, to my mind, the most beautiful in foliage of all the Phlomis. It hasn’t flowered here yet, although it will do so this spring, and it is still such a new plant that our supplier, Olivier Filippi, hasn’t yet listed it in his catalogue. It has made a handsome, evergreen shrub a metre or so tall by nearly as much across in a year. The large felt-like leaves are silver grey on the upper surface and whitish grey beneath. 120cm by 120cm.

Phlomis Purpurea x Crinita

Viola Cornuta

A perennial species of Viola which weaves its way through our borders covering many a bare spot from early spring until autumn with its lilac, long faced pansy flowers. As other perennials grow around and over this Viola it will scramble up through to the light. A plant from hot hillsides in what used to be called Yugoslavia it is much more sun and heat tolerant than the bedding violas which give up at the first blast of hot weather.

Viola Cornuta from Lambley Nursery, Victoria

Salvia Forskaohlei

Black Sea Woodland Sage

We first got seed of this 20 odd years ago from an Archibald collection in woodland near the Turkish Black Sea Coast. We grow it in quite dense dry shade under olive trees and next to a privet hedge. It has large handsome leaves in a loose rosette. During spring and early summer 70cm tall wands carry large deep mauve-blue flowers each with beautiful white lip markings. One of the best plants for dry shade.

Salvia Forskaohlei from Lambley Nursery

Salvia Forskaohlei from Lambley Nursery

Origanum Dictamnus

Origanum dictamnus is a many branched plant with discoid to ovate, grey-green leaves that are sited in pairs opposite each other. The slender arching stems and lanate leaves are covered in a velvety white down and are 13–25 mm in size.

The flowers are pale pink to purple and have a deep lilac corolla with many deep pink coloured overlapping bracts. The colourful flowers forming a cascade of elongated clusters are in bloom in the summer months. The flowers are hermaphrodite, meaning they have both male and female organs, and are pollinated by bees attracted to their scent and bright colour.

Origanum Dictamnus from Lambley Nursery. Photo Wikipedia

Narcissus Xit

This little daffodil has flourished in the toughest conditions in a rough paddock for the last 15 years. Increasing quite quickly it soon makes good multi bulbed clumps of small narrow grassy leaves and dozens of small pure white, beautifully formed jon­quils. My grandchildren think they are fairy flowers. Happy planted in dry spots under deciduous trees or in full sun. They can be left undisturbed for many years. 12cm x 15cm.

Narcissus ‘Xit’ from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012

Geranium Rozanne

I’ve grown this plant in the garden for the best part of ten years. However legal problems, which didn’t involve us, has made this poor plant impossible to sell lawfully until the last couple of years. A hybrid between G. wallichianum and G. himaleyense, it is much tougher than either of its parents and more beautiful, producing masses of large flowers from spring until late autumn, clear blue during cooler weather, mauve blue when it’s warmer. Sun or light shade. 50cm x 50cm.

Geranium Rozanne from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012

Narcissus Henriquisii

One of the finest wild daffodils which is quite late to flower but blooms for a good six weeks. A patch of this wildling will fill the spring air with sweet, spicy fragrance. It has happily grown here in rough grass for twenty years but I’ve recently moved it to a more benign spot in the garden. The upright leaves are dark green, round and rush-like and are upright. The 4 or 5 flowers are held on each 30cm tall stem. One of the joys of the daffodil world.

Narcissus Henriquisii from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Delphinium Volkerfrieden

The best Delphinium for Australian conditions. Soundly perennial, self supporting and branching, this plant is in flower with us for 20 weeks every year. It starts to flower during November. We cut it to the ground when the first flush of flowers is over in early January and within a few weeks we are rewarded by more columns of rich, deep sky-blue flowers. It needs good garden conditions in full sun. 120cm x 75cm. Pot grown plants.

Delphinium Volkerfrieden Peace from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Salvia Sclarea ‘Archibald’s Form

Archibald’s Clary Sage

We offer a superb form of the Clary Sage collected by Jim and Jenny Archibald in Turkey about 18 years ago. It makes a mound of large rough grey green leaves which supports enormous columns of lilac hooded white lipped flowers surrounded by large bracts of pink white and green. Although short lived a few self-sown seedlings are generally produced. It is an essential part of our dry garden. Sun. 120cm x 75cm.

Salvia Sclarea Archibald’s Form from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Salvia Sclarea Archibald’s Form from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Salvia Sclarea Archibald’s Form from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Ceanothus Joyce Coulter

This vigorous evergreen shrub, with dark green glossy leaves, has grown 150cm tall by 3 metres wide in my garden where it is planted in a hot dry sunny spot. During late winter and spring large heads of gentian blue flowers, less strident than C. ‘Blue Pacific’, make a prolific display. It is very tolerant of dryness and is frost hardy down to -10C.

Ceanothus Joyce Coulter from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012

Stylophorum Diphyllum

Celandine Poppy, Wood Poppy

A plant of the Eastern US woodlands the Celandine Poppy has grown in the same spot in my garden for 15 years. It is in complete shade during summer but gets more light during its early spring until early summer flowering period. Yellow poppies, the size of a 50 cent coin, are held on 30cm tall stems. The large oak-like basal leaves, green above greyish beneath, are handsome in themselves 30cm by 30cm.

Stylophorum Diphyllum from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Stylophorum Diphyllum from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Tanacetum Corymbosum

White Flowered Tansy

A tremendous garden plant, this is a plant of wild origin in the open grasslands of southern Europe where this white flowered daisy is almost like an achillea in growth habit. It makes evergreen basal rosettes of dark green, much dissected leaves. Quite early in the spring stiff leafy stems, up to a metre in height once established, carry wide heads of white yellow eyed daisies. It will repeat flower with us several times in the season if spent flower stems are removed. Tough sun loving drought tolerant plant. 100cm x 60cm.

Tanacetum Corymbosum from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Tanacetum Corymbosum from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

Tanacetum Corymbosum from Lambley Nursery at Al-Ru Farm Plant Fair September 2012.

 

In Flower September 2012

September 9, 2012

Powton Garden September 2012. Arum Lillies and Argyranthemum Maderense in flower.

Powton Garden September 2012. Echium Pinianana coming into spikes now. In front is Argyranthemum Maderense and Arum Lillies to the left.

Pink Tulips just beginning to flower September 2012. Original bulbs from Yorkreations in Minlaton.

Rhodanthemum Catananche “Tizi-n-Test” in the Dry Garden September 2012. What an outstanding performer. Only a little plant but very tidy dense foliage when not in bloom then covered with masses of flowers standing well above the foliage. Purchased from Lambley Nursery 2011.

Rhodanthemum Catananche Tizi-n-Test in the Dry Garden September 2012. Purchased from Lambley Nursery 2011.

View of the Dry Garden September 2012. Echium Simplex spiking up beautifully. I grew these from seeds started 2 years ago. I will keep some of their seeds after they have finished flowering to start another lot.

View of the Dry Garden from the Bathroom Garden. The wind whips through here, especially during spring storms so maybe I will have to put up some windbreaks.

Side Garden September 2012. Pineapple Sage in flower. Cannas cut down ready for the new season. Nicotiniana due to be planted here for summer.

Fantasia Freesias in the Avocado Garden September 2012.

Peach Multigraft in the Old Shop Orchard. This is its best flowering yet with each arm having an equal number of flowers. Could be the best peach year yet!

Ruby Grape. Not technically in flower yet but is growing out already in the first week of September 2012. Other grapes have not even swollen their buds yet. Looking for the flower points to assist in pruning style for next winter.

Lambley Plants Arrived 20-8-2012

August 21, 2012

The latest shipment of perennial plants have arrived from Lambley.

Centaurea Bella

Caucasian Cornflower

This perennial cornflower, a Caucasian endemic, with its beautiful pinnate greyish leaves is widely used as a groundcover in the dry Mediterranean gardens of the French Riviera. Once established it is happy in any soil that isn’t bog-like. This plant is a definite weed suppressor. I’ve planted it around the tree-like Yucca filifera in a new part of the garden. Centaurea bella’s foliage grows about 10cm tall and the branching flower stems, carrying the beautifully shaped amethyst-pink flowers, are 30cm tall. (Lambley.com.au)

Centaurea Bella Caucasian Cornflower

Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’

A tall growing Californian sage which makes a dense ever-grey shrub some 120cm tall by as much across. 60cm tall flower spikes carry whorls of lavender-blue flowers. It needs a sunny spot in well drained soil and will cope with very little to no supplementary watering when once established.(Lambley.com.au)

Salvia Allen Chickering

Salvia Allen Chickering

Salvia Forskaohlei

Black Sea Woodland Sage

We first got seed of this 20 odd years ago from an Archibald collection in woodland near the Turkish Black Sea Coast. We grow it in quite dense dry shade under olive trees and next to a privet hedge. It has large handsome leaves in a loose rosette. During spring and early summer 70cm tall wands carry large deep mauve-blue flowers each with beautiful white lip markings. One of the best plants for dry shade. (Lambley.com.au)

Salvia Forskaohlei

Salvia Forskaohlei

Echium Virescens

Most echiums don’t flower well here at Lambley because of our regular heavy frosts. We got this frost hardy form of Echium virescens a decade or more ago and our original plant is still alive and flowering well. It makes a large shrub to near 2 metres by 2 metres . The narrow bristly leaves are quite grey. During early to mid spring it produces metre long spikes of lilac pink flowers. Sun loving and drought tolerant. (Lambley.com.au)

Echium Virescens

Galanthus Elwesii Early Flowered Form

I bought this 20 odd years ago as Galanthus caucasicus but it is probably an early flowered form of G. elwesii. Be that as it may it is a joy to have it flowering in the depths of winter, late June and all of July. It grows under an olive tree in the dry garden and in ten years each bulb has made a twelve fold increase. We will send these “in the green”, that is the bulbs will still be in growth and will need to be planted immediately they are received. (Lambley.com.au)

Galanthus Elwesii Early Flowered Form

Galanthus Elwesii Early Flowered Form

Galanthus Nivalis ‘S.Arnott’

English Snowdrop

“In fifty year’s time it will be interesting to see which of the newer snowdrops described in these pages will still be going strong, having established a reputation as a first class garden plant with an unquestionable constitution, admired by everyone. Such is this classic snowdrop.” This description is taken from a superb book, Snowdrops by Bishop, Davis and Grimshaw.
I can only agree with these authors. Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ is a really good doer here at Lambley flowering during July and August. I grow them under olive trees and under maples and other deciduous trees. They don’t like spots in the garden which receive direct summer sun.
We will send these bulbs “in the green”, that is the bulbs will still be in growth and will need to be planted as soon as they are received.
We are moving our complete stock from one part of the garden to another and have good numbers for sale so we can offer them just this once at wholesale prices. (Lambley.com.au)

Galanthus Nivalis ‘S.Arnott”

Galanthus Nivalis ‘S.Arnott’

Galanthus Nivalis ‘S.Arnott’

Dry Garden Update 12-08-2012

August 13, 2012
  1. The Climbing Pelargoniums planted last year are doing quite well even if they are feeling the cold at the moment. They were tied up onto the fence trellis where needed in preparation for for the Echium Simplex flowering which is about to launch. You will see in my next update why I said launch.

    Dry garden August 2012

  2. The roses have now been pruned and are just beginning to sprout new leaders.
  3. The Leonotishave done very well over the past 12 months never showing any unhappiness with complete dryness over summer and flowering right through. Even now, at the end of winter, they are producing some flowers. The problem I have is how to treat them. They clearly need to be pruned once each leader has finished flowering or you get a leggy stalk with no foliage at all although there are some side shoots from below the starting point of the flowers. In any effort to determine the best way to handle these I have cut most to the ground but just one plant was trimmed back to about 45cm, complete with a few flowers and I shall see how they go through spring and summer.

    Leonotis control plant before trimming. All others already cut to the ground. August 2012.

    Leonotis Control Plant. Trimmed. August 2012

     

  4. The bulb bed in the dry garden is growing nicely but did need a watering this week since there has been only 5mm of rain in the past 4 weeks and the bulbs are looking thirsty and a bit limp. This bed takes quite a hammering when the north wind blows and the spring winds have started these last couple of weeks.

    Dry Garden Bulb bed. August 2012

  5. Convolvulus Sabatius is beginning to make its presence felt below the birdbath. It has been suggested that it can get a bit straggly and can be cut back in winter to about 6 inches. There is no sign of that here yet so I have just left it alone. Perhaps it will need cutting back next winter.

    Convolvulus Sabatius Beside the Dry Garden Bird Bath. August 2012.

  6. Rhodanthemum Catananche “Tizi-n-Test” is a delicate very compact little plant. It has been in the dry garden for 9 months without flowering but always looked tidy and interesting. During winter is has tripled in size and is now throwing up a heap  flower spikes and looks very exciting! None have opened yet.

    Rhodanthemum Catananche Tizi-n-Test. August 2012

  7. Echium Cobalt Towers is giving mixed results at this stage. The one in the dry garden has really struggled, mostly because it seems to want more water than I expected. I know this because another one planted the same time in the Avocado garden is three times the size and looking very vigorous. The avocado garden gets watered every month during spring and summer if there has been no rain.

    Echium Cobalt Towers Struggling in the Dry Garden. August 2012


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