A fun day out at Kew Gardens with Mattias Lanas and Andrew Crosson. First the Princess of Wales Conservatory, then lunch with Carlos Magdalena and a tour of the Tropical Nurseries, including the Passiflora Collection, followed by a quick whizz round the Temperate House. In the background of the pic in flower is Ramosmania rodriguesii, a wild coffee known as the Café Marron. From the island of Rodrigues it is one of the world’s rarest plants and has extraordinary hererophylous foliage. That is that the juvenile lower leaves and adult higher leaves are quite different to avoid tortoise predation.
It’s that time of year. Some Passiflora and other plants outside wrapped up with bubble wrap and fleece, and others bought into the kitchen to overwinter. The Passiflora, including some rare species, will be kept pretty dry and watered sparingly from underneath.
Back to Kew Gardens again to see Carlos Magdalena and Passiflora enthusiast Graeme Boocock visiting from Canada. Plus me posing plus rare species P. boenderii, P. gritensis & P. loefgrenii ‘Iporanga’.
Great fun at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival with Ann Morling. Checked out Tynings Nursery and Hampshire Carnivorous Plants.
Exciting to see Passiflora ‘Snow Queen’ being sold by Waitrose Garden and a great hardiness report from Glasgow, coming though -8C with flying colours.
Always nice to see new labels as the Riverside® Passiflora Hybrids start popping up in large numbers in local nurseries. Often the only Passiflora stocked other than the Common Passion Flower Passiflora caerulea.
Great to see some terrific new labels for 2019 for the Riverside® hybrids Passiflora ‘Damsel’s Delight’ and Passiflora ‘Snow Queen’. Both hardy hybrids. Pic ©Tim Scrijver.
Great catch up at Wags N Tales With Passiflora enthusiast Martin Murray, wife Jen and the two Basset Hound pups, Oscar and Rosie!
Here’s a bit of fun. A band called Passiflora from Costa Rica have released a track called Riverside! Very good it is too. Listen to it and buy here.