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I seem to hear that penstemons are not very long lived. I have had this one ~ whose name I cannot remember ~ for many years, have taken lots of cuttings, and given it little TLC and a trim each spring, and it never fails.

I also have this colourful patch, is it a crocus? I have divided and spread them in several parts of the garden, they give some nice late colour, having had rich green leaves earlier in the year.

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You have naked ladies there lizzie....autumn crocus, Colchicum.

Called so because the leaves die down in the spring and the flowers come alone in the autumn

20 Sep, 2012


Thanks Pam, always wondered what it was called, Thanks.

20 Sep, 2012


Naked Ladies in the garden ! :O ... lol ...
They are pretty though, and so is the Penstemon.

20 Sep, 2012


Yes Hywel, didnt realise I had naked ladies, no wonder they don't flower in the winter, ha ha.

20 Sep, 2012


lol ;o)

20 Sep, 2012


The colour and inside of yours looks very like my Penstemon Hewells Pink. I do not know if they are short lived, mine have gone on for some years so far.

20 Sep, 2012


Both look really lovely. I think you are so lucky to have autumn crocus in your garden.

20 Sep, 2012


Hi Lizzie ..
Sorry ...Late arriving at this after internet problems ... but I'm now adding your blog to GoYpedia Penstemons :o)

1 Oct, 2012


Thank you TT I have only just noticed this, I believe it is Hewells Pink as Drc mentioned, I seem to remember this name.

20 Oct, 2012

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