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Anyone grown or seen in the flesh brunnera m. jack frost or its sport b.looking glass? Ditto chiastophyllum jims pride. I've fallen in love with their pics and could have them as makeover under way:-)


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Yep, jack frost, certainly. Lovely plant - chiastophyllum yes too, variegated form, don't know if its Jim's Pride or not, nice as well. Not sure what you want to know about them!

10 Nov, 2009

 

Hi Bamboo, I want to know if they're as lovely as they look in the pics and if their leaves remain attractive all through the season. Sometimes when buying on line the plant can be a little disappointing as was the leaf colour of a heucherella I bought this year. Jims pride appears to have amazing variagation.:-)

10 Nov, 2009

 

Hi, Bornagain,
I have two Brunnera - one is Jack Frost - can't remember name of the other. They are lovely all through the season from spring to winter when they get frosted. At the moment both of mine are lovely . I have them growing in half shade. I think in more exposed areas they might dry up sooner. What happened to your Heucherella? I have one growing in shade and its flowering at the moment and looking happy!

10 Nov, 2009

 

They have nice flowers too

10 Nov, 2009

 

The Brunnera's great - can look a little tatty after its flowered, but no more than most other plants do at that time, and it recovers. They're looking good at the moment too. The Chiastophyllum I've got is Jim's Pride, just checked in my book - its nice, but because it has small leaves and is a small plant, you don't notice it much, really. Would probably look better depending on what's growing round it - next to a purple leaved heuchera, or black grass, it'd look much more impressive.

10 Nov, 2009

 

Right, thanks Plug, Celandine, nothing happened to my heucherella, the colour just wasn't as eyecatching as in its pic. It is a healthy but unshowy plant. I'm definitely going for the brunnera though. Bamboo, I think I'll give the chiastophyllum a miss. perhaps they'd look best in a damp crevice or something. I didn't realise they were so small:-)

10 Nov, 2009

 

i have it born agian and it is as good as it looks. i wouldnt be without know. I also have the ordinary one and that is also worth its weight in gold.

10 Nov, 2009

 

I know 'Jack Frost'.....lovely looking in all seasons (except winter when its under the snow). This plant stood up extremely well during the heat of the summer. It just required regular watering. Didn't mind a bit of sunshine in the early morning but needed shade through the rest of the day. I loved the silvery markings on the leaves. :o)

11 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Sbg and Gilli, have you seen b.looking glass its sport?

11 Nov, 2009

 

Oh, don't give Chiastophyllum a miss! Put one in an alpine trough or front of a raised bed or somewere. It's one of those plants that you need to examine close up with your nose a couple of inches away. I saw it years ago at Hampton Court Show and bought one. Yes it is small, not the kind of thing that you could point out from the window but a great 'little treasure'. Lovely dangly flowers.

11 Nov, 2009

 

Oh look what you've done now Volunteer...there I was all decisive and you've ruined it:-) Hmmm.. little alpine trough may be nice.. I've never grown alpines, clay soil,,,but a little trough... Is yours the variagated one, jims pride?

11 Nov, 2009

 

I didn't want to put you off, bornagain, but I couldn't tell a lie either! Its still worth having, when its in flower its charming too - at the front of a border it would make an attractive patch, and I would certainly buy and plant it again. It's just where I planted it is an area that's difficult, around the base of a monkey puzzle tree (which is only 5 feet) in a shady area, and there's a lot of ground to fill there, and that's one of the things I've tried. It grows well, but behind everything else, in particular the more showy things, so I don't really notice it where it is, but then I'm only using it as a filler and groundcover, really.

11 Nov, 2009

 

Yes, just checked it in my filofax (gardening stuff only!!) it's Jim's Pride. Who was Jim I wonder....and did he fix it?

11 Nov, 2009

 

Probably Vol:-) I have a beautiful spotted laurel, very yellow leafed in a container and I think that might be a good place for a little plant that dangles:-) I should think they both like the same thing???dryish shade?? I've just ordered b.jack frost and b.looking glass Bamboo from Worlds End (recommended by Louise some time ago) and yes I've also ordered jims pride, well it's nearly Christmas and I deserve a present:-)) I'll put pics on if they're worth it or wait 'til they are looking good. It will be interesting to see the difference:-))

11 Nov, 2009

 

Glad you ordered the chiastophyllum - recommend you sit the pot under the laurel first, before planting it, to see if you like it there - the flowers are like short spikes that rise up and then curl at the top a bit, so it won't really "dangle" as such

11 Nov, 2009

 

I haven't seen 'Looking Glass' in real life BA...just in pics. I does look lovely though.

11 Nov, 2009

 

I've not seen that at all, so when it arrives, or when its growing next year, show us a photo (of B. Looking Glass, I mean!)

11 Nov, 2009

 

Shucks B I thought you meant one of me:-( ;-))

11 Nov, 2009

 

lol;-) That too...

11 Nov, 2009

 

Ooooh Nooo, I've had a phone call today from the nursery to say b. looking glass plants are not of saleable quality but will be for sale in the spring. Does that mean they are poor doers??

13 Nov, 2009

 

No idea - the only way you're going to know is to grow it, I suspect. Might be they've had an infestation of something or other at the nursery, or they forgot to water them, or they've got mildew, who knows, could be anything.

13 Nov, 2009

 

I'm definitely having one in the spring, I will treat it like a princess:-) It was Worlds End nursery I'm sure they're too posh to have an infestation and too efficient to forget to water;-)

13 Nov, 2009

 

Oh, I know that place, used to have a client round the corner from there in Earls Court - they might be more expensive and "posher" but they get plant troubles just like everywhere else!

13 Nov, 2009

 

I won't feel so intimidated by the posh accent in future then;-) Are they more expensive than other on line nurseries B? It's a nuisance not being able to travel to garden centres etc having no car now:-(

13 Nov, 2009

 

I've no idea to be honest - I've only ever been there in the flesh, so to speak, never looked online. Can't imagine they would be, they'd never get any trade, surely.

13 Nov, 2009

 

It could be they are just not up to the correct selling size. Maybe the cuttings were slow to start......maybe they left the door to the greenhouses open......just 'cause they have a posh accent doesn't mean they're any smarter than the rest. LOL

13 Nov, 2009

 

:-)

14 Nov, 2009

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