It’s been a while

It’s been a while

Somehow, Easter 2015 is almost upon us. We’ve been sweeping, weeding, tidying and generally sprucing the place up because we’re opening for the year on Good Friday, 3rd April.

Looking Good: Camassia leichtlinii

Looking Good: Camassia leichtlinii

This is the start of the 3-day Early May Bank Holiday weekend, so we’re going to have one Looking Good plant per day, as we’re open Sat-Mon. Today’s are proving to be very popular, so if you fancy them, you’d better hurry. Native to North America, this tall, spiky-petalled plant is a bulb which is sometimes known as great camas or squamash. It flowers during April-May on tall stems up to 120cm long, and puts out six or more star-shaped flowers. We have the blue version in flower now, and the Alba variety will be in flower within 5-10 days. They prefer moist soil and can tolerate some shade, and would make an excellent border plant or would look good planted into grassy meadows. Although we do not recommend it, camassia bulbs are...
Looking Good: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Looking Good: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Morning all! As spring slowly gets underway our Looking Good plant of the weekend is Erythronium ‘Pagoda’, commonly known as the Dog Tooth Violet. It’s not violet, as you can see, but a beautiful yellow-flowered perennial bulb, with slightly mottled, rich green leaves. A popular garden plant, it has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It thrives in fully or partially-shaded areas, such as under deciduous trees or in rock gardens, and it prefers humus-rich, free-draining soil. Fully hardy, Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ blooms from March-April and each stem produces up to ten nodding, star-shaped flowers. Once planted, over time they build steadily into impressive clumps that are best left...