Since our September speaker will be talking about rocks, rather than plants, our September Plant of the Month wasn’t dictated by the topic. One of our members, Harold Peachey, grows a lot of plants from seed, and I was able to obtain a nice, diverse assortment of plants. There may be a few surprise additions, but the current mix includes:
- Gentiana depressa (1),6-10”x18-24”, nice green mound after blooming, purple flowers, good looking foliage.
- Primula japonica (2), flowers in various pink shades, red, or white.
- Aquilegia, early blue (3), low growing, blue flowers.
- Aquilegia frangrans (3), the only fragrant columbine, purple to light yellow flowers.
- Allium x 'Mt. Everest' ,18”, late blooming (now) white flowers (3)
- Veronica alpina (3), mat forming, blue flowers.
- Ruellia ciliata f. depressa (3), very small plant with purple leaves with white flowers.
- Cheilanthes lanosa (3) (hairy lip fern, these are still small), lip fern is a versatile fern for sunny areas or woodland edge-even a cave man could grow it!
1 – Sun to part shade, good well-drained soil.
2 – Part shade to sun, damp to moist soil.
3 – Sun to part shade, well-drained to very-well-drained soil.
As usual, the plants will be a good deal for our members. Thanks Harold for the interesting selection from your private nursery!