Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ is a real winner, especially in Northern England. This species grows best in a damp, sunny spot. Blooming begins in June and continues well into October. The cultivar ‘Shaggy’ has notably larger flowers than others. These are produced plentifully throughout the blooming months.
Today I took some photos of Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ in the garden. This plant is only a year old and is already providing a strong display. The photos are below, including a nice macro bee shot 👌
In the garden at the Palestine Natural History Museum, a green wall is being prepared. The aim is to grow plants vertically on the wall. For this green wall hessian bags of compost are attached to the existing wall. These bags will then be planted. Photos below show the current progress, even at this stage it’s aesthetically pleasing.
Peperomia vestita var. lindenii is one of my favourite plants. Something about its shape and texture I really love. In the garden we had one plant. I divided it into three. Smaller divisions can be taken in future but for now decent sized plants are required. The photos below show the division, to me it looks like I ended up with three plants as big as the origina!
Philodendrons propagate easily with vegative methods.Cuttings were taken from Philodendron erubescens ‘Red Emerald’ three weeks ago. They have all rooted through. Today they were potted on.
P. ‘Red Emerald’ has brilliant red stems and petioles. It’s a vigorous trailing or climbing plant. The cuttings were move into six litre pots because of this species vigour. The pots will be full in a month. Photos below.
Most of my blog posts are practical or photographic. Today I want to share briefly the mundane but essential records keeping required for the tropical collection. The collection inventory I posted about a while ago is complete. Now I’m preparing work lists and materials estimates for the collection.
The project has budget constraints, the garden is stretched. It’s therefore important to know the upcoming materials and labour required for the collection. The inventory revealed the tropical collection contains over 500 taxa. Between seeds sown and on order there are a further hundred taxa coming in. It’s a magnificent collection.
Good records will help me hand the management of the plants over, when I leave in a few weeks. Dave (Scholar) and Rottem (Nursery/Garden staff) will take over the collection. Over the coming weeks I will work with them and show them what I’ve been doing. They will be planting the collection in the tropical conservatory in September. Below are some pictures of the excel sheets I’m using.