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My Favourites of the Year

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By meanie

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OK, I know it’s maybe a little early to be getting all reflective, but I’m, cold, wet and peed off (excuse the wee vulgarity), so I’ll do it anyway!!
I could really say that all my plants are my favourites (as I chose most of them), but despite a miserable summer there have been a few standouts.

First up, an old favourite; Clerodendrum Ugandense.

Flowered all year, but has spells when it blooms profusely (it’s just entering one of those spells now).

Next, Sollya Heterophylla.

I now have three of these, including the white form.

The next shot is of my species Fuchsia, F.perscandens.

This is just coming into bud again.

This is Fuchsia “David”…..

I had to include it as I didn’t kill it this year!

I always have a triphylla Fuchsia, usually Thallia, but this year I went with Koralle Fulgens.

This was a roaring success!

I like to have plants which are a little different, and the next plant was a gem of a find – Digitalis Lanata Luthea…..

This is Canary Creeper…….

I was having great success with it until the flea beetles came along. They destroyed the plant in just two days!

Diplarrhena Latifolia…..

Just gorgeous.

This is the first time that I’ve had any luck at all with Camassia;

Penstemon “Huskers Red”

Just gets better every year, no matter how harsh the winter.

And finally, my absolute favourite garden plant – Lobelia Queen Victoria…..

Despite losing almost all my stock during the big freeze, the small offsets that I potted on last autumn came up trumps for me!

There you have it, my favourites!

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what vivid colours Meanie. they are spectacular. My huskers red didnt coe through the winter :o(

I havent grown canary creeper for years, will do next year. funny how plants coe in and out of favour isnt it.

14 Sep, 2010

 

Really beautiful photos of some very unusual plants Meanie. I haven't grown Canary Creeper for years either but it certainly put on a good show when I did, it covered my arch in no time. This year Nasturtiums are doing the same job, never grown them before either.

14 Sep, 2010

 

SBG; I'm surprised by the loss of your "Huskers Red" - mine gets no love at all and just comes back stronger!
I gave up on Canary Creeper too after a few disappointing results. Just keep the flea beetles away from it next year.

14 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Lily. As you probably know, the Canary Creeper and Nasturtiums are the same family, and sadly both pest magnets!

14 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely photos, Meanie, especially like the first two as such beautiful blues.

14 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Shirley - the Sollya is pretty readily available, but I must admit that I haven't seen another Clerodendrum since I got this one.

14 Sep, 2010

 

I didn't know that Meanie but it doesn't surprise me by the rate of growth. I expected the Nasturtiums (freebie seeds) to be munched by black fly very early on but none at all! A few caterpillars which I removed, so far so good! I forgot to say first time, I love the clerodendrum, such a lovely colour.

14 Sep, 2010

 

Amazing pictures Meanie, love them all.
Thought I'd lost all my Lobelia Queen Victoria last winter too, but noticed a few shoots today when I was weeding, so hopefully they'll come back better next year.

14 Sep, 2010

 

When I first saw the Clerodendrum Lily I thought that someone had stuck "naff" plastic butterflies in the pot! It was only about eight inches high when I got it in July last year, it's now about four foot tall.

14 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Simbad - might be an idea to lift a few Queen Vic shoots, pot them up and leave under cover for the winter though. I've pricked a few out just in case (this years plants were last autumns prickings), and if the ones in the ground come through I'll just plant the babies with the L.Tupa (thanks again).

14 Sep, 2010

 

Beautiful clear pictures Meanie...love them all...:))

15 Sep, 2010

 

Hear, hear :-))

15 Sep, 2010

 

I also agree with Michaella!!
Nice one Meanie :D

15 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely unusual plants Meanie and as above, brill photos :-))

15 Sep, 2010

 

looks like out of a magazine hun lovely

15 Sep, 2010

 

My pet hate - the mole that lives under my lawn and won't go away :(

15 Sep, 2010

 

All are so unusual,colourfulful and lovely Meanie.Thanks for showing us such beauties.

15 Sep, 2010

 

Whoops, I think I've put my comment on the wrong blog - sorry.

15 Sep, 2010

 

So many lovely unusual plants Meanie. Just love that Camassia.

15 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks to you all!!
Gee19 - what are you like!?! Have you tried the vibrating thingy. My business partner found it successful.

15 Sep, 2010

 

Homebird, you snuck in whilst I was replying to the others!
I like things that are different, glad that you liked them! I was particularly pleased to get a result from the Camassia at last, and even happier that it was a real beauty.

15 Sep, 2010

 

great photos of your beautiful favourites...

15 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Elsiemay!
My White Egret Orchid has bloomed this evening - 24 hours after I did this blog!

15 Sep, 2010

 

WOW!!! Love it all

16 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Oliveoil.

16 Sep, 2010

 

Wow, what breathtaking photos!!!!!! Well done Meanie!

18 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Pip!

18 Sep, 2010

 

Great pics - some wacky plants Ive never heard of let alone seen. Thanks. Love the clero and Ive just invested in three different shades of Camassia so Im waiting for next years flowers (I hope) with crossed fingers

18 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Tetrach.
Good luck with the Camassia next year, they're quite special!

18 Sep, 2010

 

Nice blog. Love the photos

18 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Anchorman - hope that you maybe found a couple of new ones to think about for next season!

19 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely pictures of some special plants Meanie :-)))

20 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Grindle!

20 Sep, 2010

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