Today is a public holiday in Italy; an Italian friend described it as the day the Italians celebrate losing the war. What ever it is for today is sunny with the wind coming from the south so not as cold as it has been. Many have gone to the sea, not to swim but to enjoy the beach and have a good meal in a restaurant. Continue reading
Eschscholzia californica Thai Silk Series
While I love the usual bright orange Eschscholzia, it is not a colour I want to predominate all over the garden; on the slope it is perfect.
Some very good American friends brought me some packets of seed of the Thai Silk series; I’m not sure why but I thought they might not be as strong a plant, or as easy to cultivate as the more customary wild orange variety.
From the RHS:
Preferred common name: California poppy Thai Silk Series
Eschscholzia can be annuals or perennials, with finely divided leaves and solitary, long-stalked, poppy-like yellow, orange or red flowers, followed by conspicuous long seed-pods
Thai Silk Series are annuals with attractively dissected, blue-green foliage and single or more often semi-double flowers 4-6cm wide, in a range of shades of cream, yellow, orange, pink and red, sometimes with a cream centre.
Cultivation: Will thrive in poor, well-drained soil but they need full sun for the flowers to open. Can be grown as a drought-tolerant container plant. Good for exposed or coastal areas
They began flowering in the middle of April and made some nice combinations with tulips, especially in the Large Island.
I am removing the orange and yellow flowered plants from the Large Island and hoping that it will be all shades of pink, white, cream and pale yellow in the autumn.
Here’s a selection of some of the beautiful colours. I really like the pleated texture that some of them display.
They are making seed pods now but are continuing to flower. I will cut them down when they have finished flowering but after they’ve spread their seed. Last year they flowered again as soon as the first rain of late summer arrived. At present they are filling so many spaces that it is hard to imagine the garden without them.
There is something new and beautiful in the garden each day now. I want to try to disciplinemyself to a post a day to share all the blooms that are adding to the overall beauty of My Hesperides Garden in May.
Today I chose Eschscholzia.
I don’t usually have a great success with seeds that need to be scattered in the ground where they are to flower but the packets (given to me by some good friends from the US) specifically stated that this was the best method. So in Autumn 2010 I scattered the seed – and yes, success. I therefore wanted to try some other varieties and Donica from Reno kindly brought me some different varieties, some of which were sown last autumn. There are the results.
The foliage merges with the foliage of Euphorbia pontica, you can hardy see the difference.
But these too produce slight variations, all of which tone beautifully together.
As I had enjoyed them so much last year; I took seed heads from some for the plants and scattered them on any bare soil I found on the slope. They have filled all the available soil and make me smile every time I see them. Their simple flowers combine well with many other plant species creating different and interesting combinations throughout the borders.