The Sock was sorting out her garden file today and came across a bag full of plant labels. Instead of getting on with the job in hand an hour was spent perusing the labels and wondering what the heck had happened to some of the plants associated with them. Given that the Sock's garden isn't really very big you might think it would be difficult to 'lose' so many plants. So today's blog is a lucky dip where the Sock draws out a few random labels and ponders on what and where they might have been..
Penstemon 'Blue springs'. The Sock remembers a dwarf penstemon that lived in a pot for a couple of years but has no idea where it is now. It looks a bit like 'sour grapes' which the Sock has tried twice but unlike other penstemons in the garden has never had many flowering stems and may well have been disposed of for not trying hard enough.
Eryngium 'Picos blue'. Ah yes.. that was bought at Hampton Court flower show last year and went in the front gravel garden. Another two eryngiums were planted as well (the Sock had a 'thing' about them last year) and only one appears to have survived. Wonder which one it is.
Mertensia maritima. The Sock remembers this as an attractive blue succulent with edible leaves that apparently tasted like oysters. The snails around here have quite sophisticated tastes. Gone in 60 seconds!
Jovibarba 'hirt neilreichii'. A Wisley shop purchase which would have been added to the happy family of sempervivums and jovibarbas in pots and on the mini-rockery where they all do well but the Sock has no idea which one is which. Some of them made there way to Fat Rascal's trough in the Auvergne along with a couple of stowaway woodlice.
Aquilegia 'greenapples'. Hmmm... wonder what happened to that.
Bongardia chrysogonum. Eh?
Weigela foliss purpureis. Been in for years and one of the Sock's favourites - lovely flowers in May and attractive purpley bronze leaves.
Hebe 'Pascal'. Been and gone.
Clematis 'honora'. The Sock found an unidentified clematis in a pot recently and was wondering which pruning group it was or whether it is was one of the ones that got wilt and died. (Just found 'The president' label and the Sock doesn't remember having seen that one for years.)
Baccharis Patagonica. Not a clue other than it came from Architectural Plants and is apparently salt and wind resistant evergreen with fragrant flowers in June. Would that be the one that smelt of newly cooked biscuits? If so it's gone.
Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went'. Canon went and seeded everywhere in the garden.
Echeveria 'Black Prince'. Not ringing any bells.
Ocimum 'Magic Mountain'. Nobody told me ocimum was in fact basil.
Anemone Pavonina 'St. Bavo'. Well what do you know? This was named after the patron Saint of Ghent. They are both now residing in heaven.
The Sock will end with Lotus hirsutus ' blue boy' doing well and another of the Sock's favourites although it might have sustained a bit of frost damage.
Hold on... one last label. Lupinus 'Masterpiece'. This must be the Cleve West Lupin! Not sure whether the original ones have survived but the Sock kept seeds from them in the fridge and will see if she can grow something better than the scoggy ones that Crocus provided last year!
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