Wednesday 15 August 2012
Nursery work today. As usual we all want to work in the nursery, fights practically break out. As Lesley succinctly put it, ‘In the RED Corner we have X and X..…AND in the BLUE Corner we have Y and Y’. Luckily we were X and X. We were pricking out the exotic plants that were sown about four weeks ago. It was a bit nerve wracking as there were so few tiny plants but hopefully there will be a good result. Of course there will. Thank you, Alan, for trusting us to do this with your precious plants and you didn’t even hover around.
Caesalpinia gilliesii. Just 5 seeds sown and there were 5 little plants to prick out. Evergreen spreading shrub. Erect racemes of up to 40 yellow flowers with scarlet stamens. Argentina, Uruguay. Half hardy.
Tweedia caerulea Heavenborn. Just 9 seeds sown and 9 plants to prick out. Tropical vine /sub shrub, 3 ft., intense blue, from S. Brazil and Uruguay. Tender.
Albizia julibrissin rosea (12 plants). Small tree/large shrub, fern-like leaves, pink flowerheads, domed crown. South and East Asia. Half hardy.
We also pricked out less exotic plants – Onopordium acanthium (Cotton thistle) and Althaea rosea (Hollyhock). Both hardy.