Dwarf Allium & Others.

I’d been looking for one of these for sometime now, and whilst I know I could order one over the internet it was never really a consideration. Taking a trip up into the Quantock Hills we dropped in to Triscombe Nursery for just a look around. There as I turned the corner and made my way to the Alpine selection (where else), was a handful of Dwarf Allium. For under £2 one was picked up ready for planting in a pot.

I had one in mind which is a Tony Remington one. Previously it contained my first Echeveria which had been flowering for weeks. I frequently retire a plant to the garden; I’m sure if the plant could think it may well appreciate the move. Fortunately here the soil leans on acid based and just about anything you plant grows extremely well.

I also had some wild violets and a few Rhodohypoxis so just mixed them up some. Has a ‘just-planted’ look but will soon fill the pot. All I can now smell is onions … hence working with Alliums.

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I’d not had a lot of luck with miniature hostas this year, but came across a pretty Blue Mouse Ears advertised by Bali-Hai Nursery. Free postage on this one and I knew I had an ERIN pot ready and waiting. Bonsai Eejit has recently paid a visit to said nursery; lucky fellow. Check out his wonderful web-blog, be warned though … it is a very addictive site.

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I had some Allium left over so popped some into another ERIN pot that was currently empty. Not for long round here though!

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This next one again was currently empty and I had some spare of this one so for now it really is just about differing heights and colours when viewing these small plants. Also one from Vic at ERIN.

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Accents Again.

Found some images I missed dropped into another folder so thought I’d include. I was sat on the patio, on a chair while my wife changed the pots over for me (I’m disabled), during the while a lady blackbird turned up, took a look at me and simply carried on ignoring me completely other than a casual sideways glance intermittently.

Other than pulling out all the sedum, crapping all over the lovely newly painted birdhouse & feeders, wrecking an odd accent they give us so much pleasure. I’ have ended this post with some shots of said Lady B.

Here I’m a bit confused, this Lewisia Little Plum has given me a profusion of flowers and this must be the sixth week or so that it carries on. The foliage however is not doing so well and my worry at this stage is it may not make it. If anyone can advise me I’d be grateful. Pot is an ERIN.


One of my absolute favourite pots a very shallow Dan Barton made one.Just 1.5 cm wide and very shallow. I’d been reducing this Sempervivum down for a while now and it seems to have settled well into … wait for it, drum roll, CAT LITTER and some propagating bark topped off with lightweight aquarium stone. I know I know, I’ve always condemned the use of litter. This is non clumping Sophisticat Pink which came from Pets at Home. I understand this is high fired baked clay similar to Seramis but lighter and pretty grand at retaining moisture. I used it as I simply cannot afford Akadama any longer, and apart from the perfumed smell which does dissipate fairly quick it seems fine. If everything dies then I’ll ditch it. Offer the link has is two 30 litre bags for £16 which I can assure you is a heck of a lot. Dust seems minimal and sieving down to two sizes was easy enough. Initially with this I’ve gone with 75% CL to 25% chopped mini bark.

The odd colour will likely fade, but top dressed this is no issue. If you canna beat them .. join them is what Pop used to say.

The pot then after all that gabble.


This ERIN pot is a firm favourite with plenty of room. 11.5cm wide x 6cm deep. Blue Mouse Ears Hosta but actually not doing very well. What is it with me and miniature hostas!?


This £3 pot from a garden centre is housing a small alpine Dianthus. Not frost proof at all so I’ll remove plant for Winter. Just handy for a pit of colour. 9cm deep x 8.5cm wide.


A wee Birthday present from my wife, a lovely pot planted up with Rhodohypoxis. I like to have pots at ground level to splash some colour around.


And finally. Madam Blackbird.

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Thank you for looking and if you can help out on those questions I’ll be really grateful.

Miniature Hosta Update

I mentioned in an earlier post – that I had purchased a selection of miniature (who decided it would be clever to have an ‘a’ halfway into that word?) Hostas from Bowden Hostas; a local run nursery here in the South West.

When I planted them up in a selection of accent pots, I decided not to show any images until I had leaf forms showing. However … such is the speed of growth, and the overall quality of the plants from Bowden, I’m amazed in such a short space of time how well they have responded.

Of course it could be down to my own utterly amazing recipe  for a soil medium, then again it may be the post potting care. Who knows?

So just a quick snap then of progress. And yes each variety is performing in the same manner. I even cheated a bit and very carefully split the roots that arrived from Bowden to create more than the few that arrived. Every single one has taken and are growing well. This particular variety is:


I ask you; who names these plants???

So from barely popping heads out of the soil to this;