It wan't my fault!
I went to the latest RHS Show at Vincent Square on Tuesday to collect a couple of plants. I had ordered some mail order alpines from a small nursery in Lincolnshire but two of them were too heavy for despatch so they agreed to bring them to London for me. But of course, I came away with more than just these two. Another stand was selling double primroses; most of mine died in the hot summer of 2006 so this was the perfect time to replace them. Then I saw tropaeolum tricolor which has been on my ‘wants’ list for a couple of years. This is going to be a challenge to grow as it is not hardy. It flowers early in the year from underground tubers, then dies away by summer and needs protection from winter wet and frosts. I plan to plant it under a prostrate conifer and hope it gets enough protection in this way. A rare white-flowered form of iris unguicularis also came home with me and I just need to find a sun-baked, starved soil spot for it. The joys of gardening.
- 14 Feb, 2008
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