GardenWeek Virtual Visits December 6, 1999

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

In the Conservatory we discover an Abutilon not previously shown, what has to be one of the most unusual species of Clematis, the start of the Camellia season, a blooming Mahonia, and we check on the progress of the Velthemia display. In the Pit and Alpine Houses we find the first Lachenalia of the season with stalks of flowers in an unforgettable color, a silvery leafed Cyclamen, and two stunning blue flowering plants--a difficult to grow Eritrichium and the only species of the genus Parochetus. Continue.

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Over the summer, we saw Abutilons blooming in the Flower Garden. Now this luscious lemon yellow is blooming in the Conservatory.
Abutilon sp.
Abutilon sp.
Another view of the Abutilon blooming in the Conservatory.
What a find! Not being able to shoot looking up with the camera on the floor, I turned these flowers upwards and look what I found--pale yellow petals with a wonderful pattern of purplish splotches. Hopefully at some point in the future when the vine grows up the column, I can shoot it looking up into the flowers.
Clematis balearica
Clematis balearica
This is how the flowers on this tender Clematis really are produced from winter to spring. They dangle on the thinnest of stems and face down--until a photographer turns them upwards for a photo as seen on the left.
We are watching the display of Velthemias in the Conservatory--the flower stalks have just started to appear.
Velthemia bracteata
Mahonia japonica
Also in the Conservatory was this blooming Mahonia japonica The genus is named after the American horticulturist, Bernard M'Mahon.
The first of the Lachenalias to bloom at Stonecrop is this aptly named species meaning "green flower." I really thought the Strongylodon macrobotrys shown at the NYBG on June 14 was the only plant in the world with flowers of this most exotic color--perhaps there are even more!
Lachenalia viridiflora
Fading Nerines
Over in the Pit House, the petals of a pot of fading Nerines are still fascinating as they dry.
A Cyclamen growing in the bits of rock in the Alpine House.
Cyclamen in the Rocks
Cyclamen hederiflora 'Silver Leaf Form'
Also in the Pit House was this silvery leafed Cyclamen grown from seed from Wisley. Note the tightly coiled stems of the new leaves.
The genus of these woolly leaved plants of the Boraginaceae family is from "erion" meaning wool and "trichos" meaning hair. Although this plant is apparently considered difficult to grow, it was flourishing in the Alpine House with diminutive brilliant blue Forget-Me-Not like flowers.
Eritrichium rupestre
Parochetus communis
Also known as the Shamrock Pea, this plant with bi-colored leaves is native to the Himalayas and East Africa and is the only species of this genus. Its name derives from "para" meaning near and "ochetus" meaning brook--its preferred location.
Back in the Conservatory we have a pair of pink Camellias. The double at the bottom is C. japonica 'April Blush' and the single is C 'Miyagi.'
A Pair of Camellias
Primula marginata 'Amethyst'
An early blooming tender Primula.

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