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AGS show purchases and garden photos


There was some interest shown as to what plants had come home with me from the AGS Loughborough show. Here are a few pictures of these and some more of alpines and bulbs newly into flower or growth.

Last year, I brought a plant of Saxifraga “Allendale Charm”, pictured below.

Since that time, I’ve seen pictures of many of the other “Allendale” varieties and hoped to pick up a few at the show. Well, more than a few, namely, Cabal,Ballet, Dream, Elf, Fame, Bamby, Bonny, Argonaut, Ina, Epic, Jo and Grace.
Not all are flowering as yet but here’s some that are.

Saxifraga Allendale Ina

Saxifraga Allendale Ballet

Saxifraga Allendale Argonaut, the second photo being an individual flower in close up. Like a little jewel.

Saxifraga Allendale Jo

This next group of plants will be going into a trough I’m redoing in the near future. It comprises 3 Androsace, these being mucronifolia x sempervivoides, sempervivoides “Susan Jane” and laevigata “Gothenburg”, 2 saxifragas, “Tycho Brahe” and “Walpoles variety” and lastly a dianthus i’ve been after for ages, “Rivendell”. I can’t wait to get the trough planted!

This saxifraga, “Tycho Brahe”, I particularly like

Several pulsatillas including this one, Pulsatilla vulgaris ssp grandis were bought. I think they are as beautiful in bud as they are in flower.

Crocus sieberi “Firefly”

We’re keen on pulmonarias and managed to pick up a couple of good blue ones.


“Blue Ensign”

A hellebore which caught the eye and pleaded to be purchased Helleborus niger “Harvington Double”

Then of course snowdrops. Some past their best, here are the ones worth showing.
Galanthus allenii

Galanthus “Benhall Beauty”

Galanthus “Eliot Hodgkin”

Galanthus “Fred’s Giant”

Galanthus “Magnet”. A well known snowdrop and well regarded for it’s long pedicle which allows the flower to sway in the breeze. A drift of Magnet is a sight worth seeing.

Well, thats the new plants done with but of course while all these additions are being accumalated, some old favourites are starting into bloom.
Anemone biflora

Bellevalia dubia.

In an earlier log I showed this dionysia tapetodes without flowers. Now it’s starting to be a mass of flower.

Here are acouple of photos of the scree bed, mostly planted with saxifragas and sempervivum, with a few miniature dianthus added.

The Jovibarba heuffelii cultivars are starting to look more interesting.



“Torrid Zone”


Finally, more snowdrops, you must be sick of the sight of them! I’m not though:-)
Galanthus “Bill Bishop”. Notice the huge flower.

Just to give you some idea how big Bill Bishop is, here it is with Galanthus nivalis “Sandhill gate” for comparison

Galanthus nivalis “Sandhill Gate”, the interest in this one is the lack of any green markings on the flower

Galanthus elwesii “Shackleton”

This one was sold to me as Galanthus elwesii “Two Spot” a name I can’t find anywhere. I like the grumpy face though.

Galanthus nivalis “Viridapice”

Lastly, an unnamed galanthus elwesii which has cropped up in the garden, instead of the usual dark green markings on the flower, they are a mid-green

Phew! A bit like War and Peace this blog. Well done to anyone who got to the end of it.

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Wow! You've got a nice selection of new plants! They all are beautiful...

12 Mar, 2010


I love the pink saxifragas, great pictures again !

12 Mar, 2010


I like the Saxs as well. The trough will look good when you get it planted up. Oh dear, the buying season is back again :0).

12 Mar, 2010


Lots of fascinating plants there...
Pleased you enjoyed your visit to the AGS Show...
.. stunning blue of the Pulmonarias...
.. Blog added to GoYpedia Houseleeks. :o)

12 Mar, 2010


Lovely lovely selection AG we need to see the trough when planted now !.:o))

12 Mar, 2010


Nice interesting blog ,good selection of plants enough to keep you occupied
for a week or two !

12 Mar, 2010


A very inspiring blog, with some really beautiful photos, are these Saxifragas all hardy? I am very interested in the Jovibarba are these a cross between sempervivum and ? if you keep these plants on a scree bed how have they fared this winter? sorry about all these questions........I particularly like the pulmonaria and the pretty little anemone

12 Mar, 2010


i likin hte dionysia tapetodes - it so hapy wiht it yellow flowers -it deos it for me very much

12 Mar, 2010


This is a lovely collection of plants. I couldnt chose a favourite even if my life epended on it.

12 Mar, 2010


DD2, ask away but can't promise to answer to your satisfaction.
Jovibarbas are related to but seperate from sempervivums. There are a couple of obvious differences, the flowers of the Jovibarbas have six petals whilst sempervivums have more than 6 and with the Jovibarba heuffelii cultivars the method of propagation is by slicing through the central stem rather than the offsets which sempervivums make. I keep mine under cover because I grow them for the foliage and the leaves can be damaged by hail. They are hardy though.
The Allendale saxifragas are all hardy, though again I shall be growing mine in pots to save damage to the flowers, I will probably take them outside for the summer. That's my preference though and they would look really good in a trough or scree bed.
The saxifragas I grow on the scree bed are mostly the encrusted varieties and they survive anything that the weather can throw at them as do the sempervivums I have in the scree.
The anemone I got from a guy called Chris Chadwell who used to go on plant hunting expeditions to the Himalayas, might still do as far as I know. I have had this for many a years, perhaps 10, and it just doesn't seem to increase. It set seed one year but nothing resulted from sowing them.

12 Mar, 2010


Thanks for the information re the Jovibarba, have not seen any on sale here......I will look out for some encrusted? saxifraga varieties, It is hard to believe your Anemone is that old, a pity you cannot increase it .

12 Mar, 2010


Wow, wow and double wow. Is it true there is no cure for alpinophilia?

13 Mar, 2010


Are you calling me an alpinophiliac, Wagger? Hmm, I like the term.
Bulbaholic and alpinophiliac, I'll raise a glass to that.

13 Mar, 2010


My bank balance and I have been suffering from alpinophilia for many a year. Haven't found a cure yet but the fixes bring a lot of joy.

13 Mar, 2010


As do your photos! Thanks for showing us your purchases...just beautiful! :-)))

14 Mar, 2010


Thanks Spritz that's very kind.

14 Mar, 2010


I have just come across this blog and it is wonderful. I loved the saxifrages and then the blue of that pulmonaria never seen anything like it. Oh dear I am running out of words those snowdrops. I especially like two spot with his beady eyes and long ears, I wondered if he was a dog at some time lol. I enjoyed your blog very much, thank you for showing it.

25 Jul, 2010


Thank you SG. The best thing about the new plants is that they all seem to have survived this hot weather. Some of the saxifragas have formed nice cushions and I'm looking forward to seeing them next spring. Yes I like my grumpy dog too, perhaps one day he'll have pups!!

26 Jul, 2010


Hope so lol

26 Jul, 2010

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