Doesn’t time fly when you’re locked up, sorry, self-isolating. But it’s Tuesday again, and time for me to torture the gardening groups. Strange to think, if it weren’t for this corona virus, this would be our first week of term. We would probably be looking at the Garden in April, we would have a real Nature Table, and I would be asking for volunteers to research and give a brief presentation on a Vegetable of the Week.
Anyway, it is what it is, so here is our virtual nature table. Tell me what you think these are.
Edited to add : This is Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’ AGM, a very good form of lungwort that develops all-silver leaves as the season progresses. The RHS does not ascribe it to a particular species, presumably because it has hybrid origins.
Edited to add: This is Pulmonaria rubra ‘Redstart’, after the bird of that name. It’s one of the earliest pulmonarias, and can flower as early as midwinter. The flowers do not change colour, remaining coral-red.
Edited to add: Brunera macrophylla ‘Mr Morse’ (PBR), reportedly a cross between B. ‘Inspector Morse’ and B. ‘Betty Bowring’. It’s unusual for it’s white flowers.
Edited to add: Dodecatheon. While nameless, I think it must be D. meadia f. album AGM, common name the white American cowslip, or Shooting Stars. Plus a rather fetching metal chicken sculpture.
Edited to add: Podophyllum versipelle ‘Spotty Dotty’ AGM (PBR)
Edited to add: Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’
Edited to add: Centaurea montana, the perennial cornflower. The cultivar name is uncertain. but it looks like ‘Purpurea. ‘Amethyst Dream’ may be the same plant, with PBR applied to it.
Edited to add: Knautia macedonica, the Macedonian scabious.
For anyone who is interested, I’ll come back when both groups have had a go, and identify these lovely pictures.