Monday the temperatures returned to the highs of August (mid 30’s°C) and it was forecast that the rest of the week would be the same – that didn’t happen, but it has been pleasantly warm/cool to work in the garden at last.
The garden is showing signs of the second spring I sometimes talk about; the evergreen trees are putting on new growth (I need to quickly prune those that I don’t want to get too large!). The good thing is that there has been time to walk around the garden and see what is happening, what needs to be done and enjoy the renewed energy that I feel when the temperatures drop below 30°C.
I have shown you Euphorbia rigida many times; mostly in early spring when it produces the startling acid green inflorescence that brightens the whole garden. I originally bought one of these plants at a plant fair a little miffed that such an ordinary plant in a 9cm pot had cost €9.
But the plant was a bargain – it loves the conditions in my dry, free draining soil and each year produces literally hundreds of seedlings in the gravel paths and some in the borders. I always pot up or move some of these free plants and this year I put 100 into modules to plant out this autumn; I then gave at least another hundred to someone who had just started a nursery.
In winter, if it is very cold the foliage takes on a pink hue which is very attractive.
But you may imagine my surprise when discovering a ‘seedling’ that had grown in the border in just the right place, but that is always a delightful pinkish purple.
So am I fortunate enough to have discovered a new cultivar, will it make me rich?
If/when it flowers will its offspring be the same amazing colour?
Can I reproduce the plant by cuttings? the only sure way to have identical plants.
Have you ever found a new cultivar in your garden, what did you do?