Plant Crush of the Month

I love this tiny alpine grass from New Zealand: Luzula ulophylla.


End of Month: Flowers!

This Echium russicum is grown from seed. Isn’t it stunning? Unfortunately, the snails like it too; only one plant survived their wrath.

In the shadier part of my garden grows Polygonatum cirrhifolium.

Aquilegia chrysantha with bright yellow flowers; below is some silvery Santolina.

This Kniphofia (no ID) looks very aloe-like. It hasn’t started to bloom quite yet.

Tiny Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‚Devon Skies‘ blooms profusely.

Tradescantia x andersoniana ‚Leonora‘

Potentilla nepalensis just opened its first flower that day!

Tuesday Garden Tour

All my Berberis species are blooming at the moment. This is Berberis darwinii.

Ribes sanguineum is fruiting really well this year.

Nothofagus antarctica is a really beautiful plant and very hardy. Sadly it’s not evergreen.

Callistemon sieberi ‚Widdicombe Gem‘ is growing new shoots.

Maianthemum stellatum looks lovely right now. It has one of the best tasting berries I know of.

Corokia cotoneaster is doing surprinsingly well. It seems to be fairly hardy.

The same goes for Olearia virgata lineata. I’m amazed by this plant. It will get huge!

Hymenanthera crassifolia flowered without me noticing. It is already forming a few berries. They’re hard to see.

Grevillea victoriae ‚Murray Valley Queen‘ is a new addition for me. It has beautiful foliage.

Supposedly this is Erodium petraeum. The flowers aren’t what I expected. I’m disappointed with them, but it’s still a beautiful plant.

Comptonia peregrina is very photogenic. A bit underwhelming in real life, to be honest, nonetheless great.

A comparison between my „Rhamnus californica“ (on the left) and a common Frangula alnus. They’re different, but I’m not sure about the identity of that Rhamnus.

Before and After Frost

We had very bad frost after an extremely warm spring. It got down to -2,5°C.
Some plants are set back drastically. Others got through without a wince.

I was very excited when my Rhaphithamnus spinosus flowered for the first time. It got beaten badly by the frost. There will definitely be no lilac-colored berries this year. Also, it is really only marginally hardy. The top half of the plant always freezes off in my location.

Ceanothus gloriosus x masonii ‚Blue Jeans‘ is an other matter altogether. It came through winter and this late frost perfectly and is still flowering. I love this plant!

The foliage of Morus alba looks very delicate, and it is. It’s all gone now.

Zanthoxylum simulans got hurt badly.

Schisandra chinensis before frost. It got frosted, but I think the flowers are okay.

Crispy Diospyros kaki ‚Chocolate‘

Akebia trifoliata flowered! Maybe I will get fruit. The frost only killed the newest growth.

Aronia melanocarpa ‚Viking‘ was totally unfazed. No damage at all.

Aristotelia chilensis was partially damaged.

Many ferns like Cyrtomium fortunei lost their new fronds.

Freeze-dried Decaisnea fargesii.

Tuesday Garden Tour

We have summer-like, very dry weather with temperatures sometimes above 20°C.

Epimedium rubrum in full flower.

Tasmannia lanceolata ‚Red Spice‘ survived our overly cold January and is blooming now.

This was sold to me as Rhamnus californica, but it looks like your plain old Rhamnus frangula aka Frangula alnus. Though this one is definitely different than our native species because it’s (semi-)evergreen. We will probably find out this year, there are flower buds, the berries will tell.

Aristotelia chilensis is sprouting back. First at the base, later on on the rest of plant. The wood was unprotected during winter, yet there is only minimal die-back.

Olearia virgata lineata is surprisingly hardy. It’s coming back fine.

Rhaphithamnus spinosus on the other hand doesn’t seem to be very hardy. Everything above ground-level dies back and the plant doesn’t want to be a ground-cover! Though it is flowering for the first time.

Another slender plant from New Zealand that came back unscathed like Olearia is Hoheria angustifolia. This one was only covered at the base, so it was withstanding th full force of our minimum temp of -11°C.

For some reason I’m collecting Ribes species. Probably because they’re so easy to grow. This one is Ribes cynosbati.

And here we have Ribes sachalinense. Both species are deciduous.