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Lewisia Columbiana Rosea x Pygmea.
one of my hybrids from years ago,pretty indestructible but not in the garden



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Stunning!

13 May, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Lovely one , I found out from experience that they are better in pots Brian I lost mine in the garden :o(

13 May, 2013

 

Really lovely!

13 May, 2013

 

Brian, did you commercialise any of your introductions?

13 May, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Karen
I never made any money out of them although they are to be found in some alpine catalogs,they all have the Stradbrook prefix in front of there name, at the time they were relaxation away from the stress of the day job,ie getting customers to pay for work that i had produced for them,that was the 70s/80s nothing changes.
A nursery was suggested by my wife as a alternative to Engineering but I could see plenty of problems with that so kept it as a hobby.I am glad i did.

13 May, 2013

 

I had the same experience as Amy . . . now keep my ONE Lewisia in a pot as I heard they prefer acid soil. Is that right Brian?!

14 May, 2013

 

yes Brian...I think you were wise. People ask me why I don't garden professionally....I fear it would ruin what is my passion!

14 May, 2013

 

Karen you will find Brians 'Stradbrook' primulas in the RHS Plant finder. Several American websites mention them too. Lots of people find them as attractive as we do. I think his OH would say 'as a way of life' rather than a hobby.

14 May, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Sheilabub
I have never given them acid soil,for that my other potting ingredients such as grit (which is used a lot with Lewisia) would need to me lime free.Admittedly if you purchase one in a garden centre it will be planted in peat as are most other things,but that is not good news as it will be either saturated or bone dry either way it will kill them.

14 May, 2013

 

Beautiful Bjs...

14 May, 2013

 

Thanks for the info Brian :)

14 May, 2013

 

Beautiful.

17 May, 2013

 

More stuff to learn.
Thanks B, as I was wondering why so many of your plants were in pots.
Different mediums...now I'm beginning to see.

19 May, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Mouldy
Its not so much the medium as the winter wet we have in the UK ,Lewisia's are high level dweller from the Americas and would be dry well covered in snow throughout the winter months while dormant,there growth and flowering coincides with the snow melt when for a few months they enjoy plenty of water.
that's your lesson for Sunday morning.

19 May, 2013

 

Thanks B!
I assumed they were growing in a soil particular to each plant & the garden wasn't favourable to so many of the varied plants you grow & cutilvate.

22 May, 2013

 

Beautiful Brian I have added to favourites to look back.

23 Jun, 2013



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