English Flower Offer

Rare Plants Website

Rare Plants Website

Well, a couple of days ago son Jonathan offered that I could join him in a bulb purchase from Englands Rare Plants.  This required two days of browsing through their enticing and thoroughly enjoyable web site.  They have great illustrations and photos and with all the cultural information it would make a fine book if printed up.  I not only enjoyed the web site itself but also all the different places it led me as I researched the various plants they offer.  In the end I exceeded my budget (what else is new) and came up with a list of plants never planted on our hill before.  The list is led by Anemone lipsiensis which I first saw when we were in England last Spring.  

Anemone lipsiensis

Anemone lipsiensis

Next up was a distant Amaryllis relative — Chlidanthus fragrans.  This one sold me with the description of a strong citrus fragrance to go with the lemon yellow flowers.  It will have to be grown inside here however…

Chlidanthus fragrans (illus. from Rare Bulbs)

Chlidanthus fragrans (illus. from Rare Plants)

And then some double flowered Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis Prolificans).  Hard to see how this could go wrong out in our forest.

Some Ponerorchis graminifolia.  This is a small Japanese orchid with many variations and a large fan club in Japan.  The website of Roger van Vugt illustrates the beautiful variety of these flowers.

Panerorchis graminifolia (illus. from Roger van Vugt)

Ponerorchis graminifolia (illus. from Roger van Vugt)




























Then, strange as it sounds, a yellow flowered Blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium patagonicum.

And finally a white flowered Winter Aconite that I just couldn’t resist.  It will be interesting to see how these all turn out…