Friday, November 22, 2013

Holboellia latifolia?

This seems to be a form of Holboellia latifolia.
It is a robust evergreen climber growing here on a south facing, but exposed wall. It was unharmed by the winter of 2010. The scented flowers appear in May followed by, apparently, edible fruit. So far I have not been hungry enough, or brave enough to try them.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


These wonderful shrubs have arching pea foliage and flower in late summer.

If pruned hard they will re-grow from the base. Grow them all in a dry sunny spot.

The Campylotropis makes a much denser shrub and would be ideal at the front of a border or hanging over a raised bed.

The Lespedezas will grow taller, probably reaching 5 -6'. They will need support or another plant to grow through.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Vestia lyciodes will not survive a hard winter but usually seeds nearby.
Actinidia pilosula has a much more interesting flower than the more common A. kolomikta.
Clematis chiisanensis is covered in fleshy yellow flowers now.
Lonicera sempervirens seems to prefer a fair amount of moisture.

Friday, May 10, 2013


The wood anemones are just going over.
Here are some of the more curious ones that flowered (and their

close relation Anemone appenina 'flore pleno') this year.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


The ‘Foetid Adders Tongue’.
 It apparently smells revolting but flowers far too early for it to be noticeable outside. The tiny flowers of this lily relative are beautifully marked. I have grown it in a shady raised bed with trilliums and the like for almost 20 years. It seems to have hardly increased in size.