Jun 282016
 

Weigela decora collected in Japan from an area of dense mixed forest containing Cryptomeria japonica and Stachyurus praecox, these were huge parent plants spreading and reaching 4m x 4m. Here a huge bulk of deciduous woody shoots and twigs forming, an ideal ecological habitat for woodland life. Flowering just now, the peduncles opening a creamy yellow then the pinks and red shades start to appear, giving an unusual floral display.

Weigela decora

Weigela decora

Weigela decora

Weigela decora

 

Jun 212016
 

You study diligently, you consult books, you visit other gardens for ideas on colour and combination then a rampaging Ranunculus invades your border and the most appealing floral combination is created. The herbaceous Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’ has become intertwined with Ranunculus repens, the Creeping Buttercup to great effect.

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album' and Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup)

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’ and Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup)

 

Jun 102016
 
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The Genus is just the start. As plants are collected in the field they arrive back at the Botanics with collectors notes; some detailed, some not so. These Roses were collected a seed in China. The parent plants were growing on the edge of mixed tree and shrub woodland between 2000 and 3000 meters. Associated vegetation was Rhododendron, Acer, and Sambucus with ground flora, Anaphalis, Rumex, Plantago, and Polygonatum. Having grown on the seed to planting out stage we then it to flower. A specimen is then taken to the Herbarium for verification. Once this is completed the entry in BG-BASETM (the gardens plant data base) is updated and the label engraved.

Below just are some of the species roses in flower in the Chinese Hill Side.

Species roses

Species roses

Click here to search the RBGE living collections catalogue for “Rosa”.

Jun 102016
 

The sun filled days we have been experiencing have brought out the flowers on Helianthemum nummularium ssp. tomentosum to perfection. This subspecies is native to Italy, collected on the west coast of Sicily. The mat forming habitat is ideal for colonising the concrete pad it is growing over. Here the plant absorbs retained heat from the sun to the benefit of a profusion of single golden yellow flowers awash over the evergreen foliage.

Heliamthemum nummularium ssp. tomentosum

Heliamthemum nummularium ssp. tomentosum

May 312016
 
Erinacea anthyllis
Erinacea anthyllis

Erinacea anthyllis

Erinaceae anthyllis grows in mountainous regions of Europe and North Africa. A hugging evergreen with sharp spines to protect from grazing animals. The blue tinged purple flowers cover the plant at this time of the year. Look out for it tumbling over the alpine wall where it has an open deep rooting substrate. This drained, dry medium prevents waterlogging around the base of the plant resulting in longevity.

RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
Accession Number:19744076
Scientific Name:Erinacea anthyllis Link
Family:Leguminosae
Genus:Erinacea
Epithet:anthyllis
Plant:19744076A
Location:Q07/S: ZT005
Plant:19744076B
Location:R46: ZZZE60
Plant:19744076C
Plant:19744076D
Plant:19744076E
Plant:19744076F
Location:Q09: G030
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Nathan Kelso on 2013-08-29
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Nathan Kelso on 2013-08-29
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Nathan Kelso on 2013-08-29
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Nathan Kelso on 2013-08-29
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Isabel Peramato on 2014-04-25
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Isabel Peramato on 2014-04-25
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Isabel Peramato on 2014-05-09
19744076: Erinacea anthyllis photographed by Isabel Peramato on 2014-05-09
19744076A: Erinacea anthyllis Location: 55.966939112,-3.209277088
19744076B: Erinacea anthyllis Location: 55.964147932,-3.204664312
May 262016
 

The Azalea collection is blooming. One of the best on the bank is Rhododendron luteum, reliable to flower, full of mid yellow blooms and the scent drifting through the lawn. These plants grow through S.E. Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. Strong growing, deciduous, much branching shrubs. The flowers are followed by elongated seed capsules full of seed, much of which may be viable and can subsequently lead to self-seeding.

Rhododendron luteum

Rhododendron luteum

Rhododendron luteum

Rhododendron luteum

May 182016
 
Malus sieversii 20050545a (4a
Malus sieversii

Malus sieversii

Growing in the nursery is a fine, sturdy young specimen of Malus sieversii. A native to Central Asia and known to be the wild apple that apple breeding developed from. Through DNA analysis it is believed that the majority of the cultivars of domestic apple are related to this species which is now endangered in the wild. In bloom just now, blush pink in tight bud, turning white as the five petals open and developing an origami like shape in the centre.Malus sieversii 20050545a (4a

 

May 102016
 
Anemone ranunculoides 'Pleniflora'
Anemone ranunculoides 'Pleniflora'

Anemone ranunculoides ‘Pleniflora’

Anemone ranunculoides a spring flowering native that carpets open woodland. The long spindly stems arise from delicate rhizomes that colonise moist organic soil. Atop these spindly stems are foliage and a single terminal flower, held above the foliage on a short stalk, opening a fresh yellow in spring sunshine. A welcome alternative as undercover in woodland to the more common, at RBGE, A. nemorosa. Also look out for the semi double form, A.ranunculoides ‘Pleniflora’ on the raised bed between the two alpine houses. The outer petals bleach white on senescence.

Apr 252016
 

Anemone ranunculoides a spring flowering native that carpets open woodland. The long spindly stems arise from delicate rhizomes that colonise moist organic soil. Atop these spindly stems are foliage and a single terminal flower. This, held above the foliage on a short stalk. Opening a fresh yellow in spring sunshine. A welcome alternative as undercover in woodland to the more common, at RBGE, A. nemorosa. Also look out for the semi double form, A.ranunculoides ‘Pleniflora’ on the raised bed between the two alpine houses.

Anemone ranunculoides

Anemone ranunculoides

Anemone ranunculoides 'Pleniflora'

Anemone ranunculoides ‘Pleniflora’

Apr 252016
 

Look inside the open flower of Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora’ at the base of each of the six petals is a perfect white circle that magnifies the nectar pool. A botanical feature to attract pollinating insects deep into the cup of petals thus brushing against the pollen laden anthers to disseminate to the next flower.

Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora

Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora

Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora

Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora