Saturday, May 23, 2009

Paeonia 'Do Tell'

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Haschberg elder, juneberry, cornel…

I hoped I would be able to complete an overview on groundcovers, but I’m still far from it. Thus I only post some new photos on the garden.

In the meantime I want to tell that recently I was in the Silvanus Nursery, one of the best retail sellers in the northern part of Budapest, to buy a Haschberg elder. This is an Austrian selection that produces much and evenly. In Hungary it is quite difficult to get it. In the Silvanus they sell plants of 40-60 cms in height for less than three euros. It grows quickly, so within two or three years even this small one will get a proper bush. And its price is pocket-friendly too. In the Praskac you get the same for 11.80.

Besides elder, they also have a very good kind of juneberry (Amelanchier lamarckii) on sale, for about the same price. In the Praskac this size is 9.70 euro if you have much luck, but more probably 17.70 or 26.50. It will grow four or five meters on any soil, it tolerates dryness, has a beautiful autumn color – and produces very tasty berries, similar to those of cranberry in size and taste. They also had some nice cornels and inermous rose-hips as well, for about two euros a plant. They also had a large offer of cranberries, but it is only recommended to those whose garden has sour soil and plenty of water.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Paeonia Pink Hawaiian Coral - Paeonia Coral Sunset - Paeonia Coral Charm

Paeonia Pink Hawaiian Coral

Paeonia Pink Hawaiian Coral
Paeonia Coral Sunset

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Paeonia Coral Charm

Paeonia Coral Charm
The peonies are from Miely's Pfingstrosengarten.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hardy perennials for dry places

To the West of us gardeners are quite concerned with the consequences of global warming. In recent year for example they have paid much attention to hardy plants for dry places.

The great German nursery Staudengärtnerei Gaissmayer from where I often order plants has dedicated a separate page to hardy perennials for dry places. It is divided in four sub-lists:
perennials for dry sunny places,
grasses for dry sunny places,
plants growing both in dry part-shade and in dry shady places,
and plants for dry, windy and sandy soils.

If you are interested, you can also read some articles on this topic on their page. If you read just some basic German, you are encouraged to have a look at them. They are easy to read and very informative.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Teni'

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Teni'Japanese woody peony. In the last year I have already mentioned, but now I repeat it because it is important that the Japanese sports are more frost-hardy than the Chinese one. This one is for example Z4 (that is, down to -34 ºC).

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Teni'It has just opened this afternoon. Have a look at its pictures from the last year, too! And if you are interested, check its page in the fantastic Paeonia database of Carsten Burkhardt.

I have purchased our peonies from the German nursery Staudengärtnerei Gräfin von Zeppelin. Now they offer 180 sports, more than 50 of them woody ones. Watch their page even if you do not want to buy, their photos are beautiful and true to life. And if you need good quality plants, you are encouraged to buy of them.