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Eryngium amethystinum var. euspinosa. photo by Tony Garn

A prickly customer

Eryngium amethystinum var. euspinosa was collected from grassland in the Tuscan hills in which mature plants were growing in abundance at c. 900m. The plants can be found…

Aster macrophyllus 'Twilight'. Photo by Tony Garn

Twilight zone

Aster macrophylla ‘Twilight’  is proving its worth this season. Monsoon like downpours have characterised August and many herbaceous plants have bowed to the weight of the rain. Not…

Platycodon grandiflora c.v. Photo by Tony Garn

Patriotic Balloon

The twin colours of the Saltire, the national flag of Scotland, are the feature of this Platycodon grandiflorum cultivar. The species has blue petals; this reversion has a…

Sinacalia davidii. photp by Tony Garn

Shapely foliage

Planted to nestle down in the streamside within the Chinese plant collection this herbaceous Composite; Sinacalia davidii, has foliage shaped for effect. A native of China, the seed…

Olea europaea. Photo by Tony Garn

Evenly balanced

An avenue of Zonal Pelargoniums leading visitors into the Victorian Palm House. Single colour block planting; what better way to make a statement. This is Pelargonium ‘Pentland Deep…

Gentiana paradoxa. Photo by Tony Garn

A Gentian with goatee beard

Sitting atop the limestone wall at the alpine area where the roots are guaranteed a growing medium with good drainage is Gentiana paradoxa. Enjoying exposure to full sun…

Dierama trichorhizum. Photo by Tony Garn

Swaying in the wind

The Dierama collection growing at the Garden has this season been spectacular. Delicate and delightful images of arching fishing rods come to mind, a slight breeze causes the…

Crocosmia masonorum. Photo by Tony Garn

Crocosmia, or if you are of a certain generation, Montbretia

The name Montbretia came from a young French botanist, Coquebert de Montbret, who accompanied Nelson on the invasion of Egypt in 1798 where he unfortunately died. The genus…

Cirsium purpuratum. Photo by Tony Garn

A long time developing

Initially photographed on 26th June as the flower buds were emerging green from the heart of the plant it has taken a further five weeks for the colour…

Kniphofia caulescens

An easy summer task

Surely you have something better to do with your time? In the border enjoying the sun to the south of the Herbarium is a large group of Kniphofia…

Gladiolus dalenii

To Bushman’s Nek for Glorious Gladioli

As summer touches autumn the South African flora rises to the challenge of shorter days and cooler temperatures. Observe the Gladiolus dalenii in the border south of the…

Hydrangea aspera

Hairy Hydrangea

Hydrangea aspera the young stems are frosted white with a covering of minute hairs. The bark on older wood becomes papery and peels from the stem. The deciduous…

Ligularia dentata Hybrid

The beast blooms

Over the weekend we have had torrential rain, strong winds and still this hybrid Ligularia looks good. A strong growing plant, Ligularia dentata ‘Hybrid’ can be seen in…

Koelreuteria paniculata

Tall tree story

The Garden has several collections of Koelreuteria paniculata. One, growing in the copse is flowering profusely, collected by Joseph Rock in 1926. In his notes he mentions that…

Kirengeshoma palmata

Hoverfly magnet

Kirengeshoma palmata, a woodland plant that devours shade. Here in the woodland area it has bulked up in the two seasons since transplanting. The plant does show signs…

Populus maximowiczii

Packaging

Packaging; one of the 21st century’s environmental issues. The Poplar has a similar issue. How do you protect the gene pool of the next generation? Take a walk…

Escallonia 'Iveyi'

Hybridising a hybrid

Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ A strong growing, glossy leaved, white blossomed evergreen shrub. A hybrid between E. x exoniensis and E. montevidensis. E. x exoniensis is itself a hybrid of…

Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii

The cat’s whiskers.

Definitively formed and with no regard for spatial awareness the stamens on Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii are a delight to observe. The red flower buds (calyx) are segmented…

Alan Johnston (1995) Haus Wittgenstein Inverleith House

Form and function

Itea ilicifolia an expansive evergreen shrub collected by Ernest Wilson in Hubei Province at the relatively low altitude of 300 – 900 metres. Initially not thought to be…

Crocosmia pottsii

A bright spot in a dreich August

This August to date we have had 172.2mm of rain. The average August rainfall in Edinburgh over the past 18 years is 54.9mm. The wettest day was Tuesday…