November snapshot of a Plantsman's garden near Christchurch, N.Z.
This dashing Kiwi on Mount Southey in the Canterbury mountains of New Zealand is Hamish Brown, an Agronomic Scientist at his day job doing environmental research for a living but in his SPARE time, he climbs mountains (I can attest to that) and he also happens to be a terrific plantsman who has a huge collection of choice plants in raised frames he grows for show and for propagation, and a sizeable garden--I would guess half an acre?--at a new home where he is creating an exciting garden along with his wife Mika (who is also very much a gardener) and their son Sato. The Browns hosted me and Jan our first days in New Zealand--and launched us on this fantastic trip we've been sharing...I thought you (reader) might enjoy seeing a few of the plants a keen plantsman living near Christhurch might have in their gardens...this is a mere snapshot of a half hour or so's photography on a single day...albeit at the height of spring bloom. Enjoy!
Gingidia montana (H.B.)
There is a wonderful account of this New Zealand and Australian native at this URL.
|7 Saxifraga x urbium|
|Saxifraga x urbium|
|8 Campanula portenschlagiana|
Myosotis concinna (H.B.)
|Hamish just sent me this image of another NZ Myosotis, M. explanata|
|Medley of color|
H.B.:. Rhodohypoxis, Meconopsis cambrica, Androsace bulleyana and Androsace strigillosa
| Iris x germanica|
H.B.: "One of many tall bearded irises we hurriedly moved from our old house and misplaced the name."
|H.B:. Common garden onion, grown to eat the bulb but went to seed… so why not enjoy the flower before pulling them out. (PK:Facebook friend Knut Bjørnstad pointed out that this is likely just Allium fistulosum "Welsh Onion"--originating in China and probably closely related to Allium altaicum, with similar hollow leaves and useful culinary attributes. Commonly grown in veggie gardens.)|
H.B:Olive in the blue pot and a lemon magnolia to the right. The cover around them is wheat (tritium astevium) which grew out of the wheat straw we used to mulch the area. It looked more interesting that a blank area so we left it in and the local birds loved it.
|H.B. An undescribed* Celmisia species commonly known and ‘Grassy leaved’|
H.B.: "Ranunculus verecundus (yellow) and Babiana angustifolia (? I think)"
|H.B.: '. Colobanthus affinus (the pincushion), Montia sp. (to the left) and Myosotis australus (to the rear)"|
Myosotis australis v. alba
H.B. :t know what that is, came with something else that I dug out of a friends garden PK: I am thinking it's a North American Triteleia.
|H.B.: Philadelphus sp.|
. H.B.: "Mostly NZ natives, Celmisia, Colobanthus, Helichrysum, Anisotomi, Raoulia etc."
H.B.:"Odd bedfellows, Poa novae-zelandiae and Gentiana tibetica"
H.B.: "A double Rhodohypoxis that mum gave Mika a small pot of some time ago. Mum has lost hers so I will be able to give some back to her. I love the way this works with gardeners."
H.B.: "Celmisia sessiliflora X Celmisia spectabilis. Celmisias often hybridise in the wild producing some interesting forms which I like to collect."
Osteospermum hybrids H.B.: "Some daises that seem to go everywhere. The look good, require little water and fill a gap so they will stay until something else is needing the gap the fill."
H.B.: "Celmisia gracilenta, one of the smallest of the Celmisia genus, but with beautiful makings on the leaves."
Ranunculus godleyanus in early November (H.B.: Ranunculus godleyanus is correct.This only grown near in the high Alps near glaciers, and in my garden."
|Here's Hamish's picture of the same plant...a month or so later|
|Hamish posted this as his Facebook avatar, Ranunculus godleyanus in the wild I believe..|
|H.B.: Leptinella pyrethrifolia|
|H.B. "Poa pygmaea, A NZ native alpine grass. I love it how alpines challenge what you expect a plant to look like."|
H.B.: Raoulia grandiflora
|Hamish grew this from seed labeled "Delphinium exaltatum" which is of course the common, tall perennial Larkspur. A pretty wonderful form, I would think. (Looks like a distinct, good species to me...)|
|Here is Hamish's picture of this delphinium in full bloom last week.|
|Another of Hamish's pictures, this one of Delphinium requienii: a new species to me.|
H.B.: "Something I collected that I haven’t identified yet (Jo told me but I forgot and didn’t write it down) but it grows well and smells good."
H.B.: Anemone obtusiloba Pradesh
H.B. "The plant front and centre is a Chinohebe thomsonii, Parahebe decora hybrid (both species are now officially in the Veronica genus) I collected and am very excited about. It has the most fascinating foliage and takes easily from cuttings…".
|H.B.: Geum uniflora and Saxifraga primuloides ‘Elliots’ variety'|
H.V.: " A better specimen of Poa pygmaea without a misspelled label. zephyranthes candida in the pot to the left.
H.B.: Celmisia semicordata (the largest celmisia species) X Celmisia alpina (the smallest celmisia species) collected and distributed by the fine folk of Hokonui alpines
|H.B.: Poa maniatoto, a tiny and adorable native grass|
|Scilla adlamii or Ledebouria cooperi|
|Leontopodium alpinum v. nivale|
|H.B. "Dianthus that Mika grew from a packet of supermarket seeds"|
|H.B.: "Incarvillea ‘Bees Pink’, a self seeded plant dug up from Steve Newall’s garden"|
|. Celmisia semicordata stricta X Celmisia gracilenta|
|Delosperma 'White Nugget'|
|H.B. "Arum that was planted in the garden by the previous owner|
|Helichrysum 'Silver Cushion'|
And now back to my last few pictures: I was dazzled by the giant forget me nots along the Brown's shady SOUTH Side of their house...Hamish was a bit surprised ("Those are left over from the previous owner" after all. They left the Browns with quite a few plants I was dazzled by--huge, very healthy protea bushes in several species for instance)...This Chatham island endemic is pretty commonly grown in New Zealand--and no great shakes there. But it doesn't thrive in too many places in the Northern hemisphere (it needs coolness, humidity and little frost: not for Colorado!)...
|New Zealand: truly we shall "Forget-thee-not"|