Not everyone is as smitten with crucifers as I am: I suppose my love is partly a response to THEIR love for my garden--and this was a good example. I grew it from seed I got from Alexandra Bertukenko: it did not disappoint! Nice foliage, lovely blossom....
Then the next year it had run amok! It LOVED my rock garden...but unfortunately overran too many little gems, so I dug it up and put it in a border thinking it would make a nice edging. It turned out NOT to like borders at all, and I lost it. Surely I could have left a bit of it in a corner to run wild at will? So now I look back at these pictures with a pang of regret!
The less said about this the better: I have grown it many times--sometimes it ramps for feet in every direction--apparently trying desperately to escape my garden...
A particularly nice blue form in nature. I yearn to tame this plant--but our only local grower is out of business...and where to find seed?
I still have a few miserable plants of this: I divided my big clump and didn't put any back to where it LIKED to grow...
I have grown this for decades--only to realize it's a woodlander and not a rock plant--and it gradually faded away...
|Escobaria vivipara & Convolvulus compactus
My champion Turkish bindweed finally bit the dust. So did that cactus come to think of it!
Here it is at DBG's children's garden...hope theirs fares better than mine. The seedpods are even showier than the flowers!
I had one bulb of this growing for decades--it never produced more than a flower and last year it didn't bloom. That's a bad sign.
Not very showy, but I love our American dittany....
Also a victimj of crowding: Have to give it pride of place in my new Crevice garden!
|Cryptotaenia japonica f. atropurpurea
Not the showiest plant...but look how happy it was (here growing at DBG: mine was happy too). Notice the tense of the verb.
I believe this was photographed at DBG: I had one in a trough as well. Past tense!