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The RED ones: the loveliest everlastings...

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Knowing that a few of you are so sensitive you may not have been getting much sleep since I promised this blog some weeks ago,  So I shall interrupt my interminable accounts of the fantastic Central and Northern European botanic gardens I visited over the last month with a longing look back at this extraordinary and underrepresented genus of composites that is so prominent throughout much of South Africa. I start with the first of the reds: Helichrysum vernum is largely restricted to the northern Natal Drakensberg--mostly in what the locals there call the "Little Berg'--or middle elevation sandstone formations. This blooms earlier than the next two species--I photographed the specimen above in October of 1998. I don't believe this is currently in cultivation. It is one of the most spectacular daisies ever--and more is the pity!  It varies from near crimson and scarlet to the rosy red above.
 This picture was scanned for me by Ann Frazier, a remarkable volunteer at Denver…

Parting shots: Peter Korn's Garden: just before it EXPLODES!

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Hard to believe I was strolling around this magical nursery just a week or so ago: I'd returned to Gothenburg after the German/Danish extravaganza, and a lot of new flowers had emerged--but it was obvious the explosion was just about to happen: Peter has put together a collection of many thousands of the worlds most beautiful wildflowers in one of the most spectacular settings imaginable--and they were about to implode. I am not sure I could have torn myself away a few weeks later, so it's good I came when it was still frosty at night and only the toughies were blooming: but there were lots of those!



 I'm a sucker for white flowers.


 A gorgeous tiny leaves cherry from Japan. I would love to grow this.


 I love this gem from Mt. Olympus--heck! I love all saxifrages! (Malcolm would be proud of me).


 I have admired this iris in the Altai Mountains and grow it too (but not so well---darn it!)


 I can't tell you how galling it is to see challenging plants like th…