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25 May 2011 14:39:16
Anemone 'Wild Swan'

Anemone 'Wild Swan'

I'm really loving the Chelsea coverage, taking plenty of notes on new plants.

While I think I will be giving flowering parsnips and the black Petunia a miss,  I do love Tulipa acuminata, Mecanopsis punicea, Sarracenia 'Johnny Marr', Erythronium 'Hidcote Beauty' and the winner of the Chelsea Plant of the Year, Anemone 'Wild Swan'.

In case anyone is interested and doesn't have it handy, here is the shortlist for the Chelsea Plant of the Year...

Anemone 'Wild Swan' - Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants
Begonia Apricot Fragrant Falls - Class Gardens
Brachyscome 'Magenta Delight' - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Heucherella 'Brass Lantern' - Plantagogo.com
Heucherella 'Solar Power' - Plantagogo.com
Hydrangea macrophylla Avantgarde ('Hedi') - Class Gardens
Lewisia 'Little Mango' - D'Arcy & Everest
Lilium 'Firebolt' - HW Hyde
Lilium 'Julie Fowlis' - HW Hyde
Lilium 'Lankon' - HW Hyde
Lobelia erinus Waterfall Blue Ice (Waterfall Series) - Class Gardens
Nepenthes 'Princess' - Borneo Exotics
Petunia Black Velvet ('Balpevac') - Class Gardens
Rhododendron 'Rabatz' - Millais Nurseries
Sarracenia 'Johnny Marr' - Hampshire Carnivorous Plants
Saxifraga 'Anneka Hope' - Kevock Garden Plants
Streptocarpus 'Sioned' - Dibley's Nurseries
Uncinia rubra 'Belinda's Find' - John Woods Nurseries
Verbascum 'Blue Lagoon' - The British Plant Nursery Guide
Phalaenopsis Ming - Hsing Eagle - Taiwan Orchid Association

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LindaB LindaB 25 May 2011 14:53:35

That Wild Swan is gorgeous, must go onto the BBC iplayer and try and catch up!

Drumanagh Drumanagh 25 May 2011 15:34:42

Have it all set to record - hard to keep up with all the programs though. Really enjoying it and absolutely love Cleve West's garden, even the flowering parsnips!

TinaJ TinaJ 25 May 2011 15:39:55

That anemone wild swan is divine,what station is it on ,see some this morning on bbc1,showed a beautiful blue verbascum ,I think it was from thompson and morgan

Drumanagh Drumanagh 25 May 2011 15:43:29

Its on BBC1 every day at 12.30 for half an hour and then later on BBC2 8.30-10.00 tonight and 8pm tomorrow and friday, and 7.30 on sat!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 25 May 2011 16:00:18

Thanks Rachel, I too loved 'Wild Swan'.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 May 2011 17:09:31

Oh that anemone is 'to die for'. Must source it for next year.

Rachel Rachel 25 May 2011 17:16:33

I love Cleve West's too, Alison. I see it got the Best in Show.

Jacinta, you can order the Anemone now for next spring but it is currently unavailable. Apparently it flowers for 6 weeks.

Myrtle Myrtle 25 May 2011 18:13:01

Was very taken with it too, but a friend and I were discussing it this morning and she has japanese anemones and we wonder will this one have the same habits as they wander terribly, all right for big gardens but not my city garden. I will have to take out Achillia The Pearl this autumn before it takes over the whole bed, even though I love it!

fran m fran m 25 May 2011 21:53:00

Have it taped, about to watch now.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 25 May 2011 22:33:13

Beautiful anenome, broadband being very slow here so not possible to watch BBC iplayer will have to try again later.


Keego Keego 25 May 2011 23:40:31

Beautiful Anemone - Thanks for supplying list. Tonight was the first I have managed to see of Chelsea really enjoyed it lovely to have one and a half hours of uninterrupted gardening viewing my idea of Heaven

Rachel Rachel 25 May 2011 23:59:16

Myrtle, I'm not sure it's the same 'animal' as the Japanese Anemone. The Japanese Anemone is Anemone hupehensis or a cross from this parent. White Swam is Anemone rupicola and is an alpine. I think it's more like a wood anemone although it seems to flower very late.

Myrtle Myrtle 26 May 2011 10:48:47

Oh goodie! I might be able to have it after all!

Lìga Lìga 27 May 2011 07:48:27

Loved Meconopsis punicea,,,something really special.And from winner list-Saxifraga 'Anneka Hope',my favorite.


Rachel Rachel 28 May 2011 09:51:50

Liga, did you see the Lewisia 'Little Mango' will be available as seed next spring from Jelitto. One to look out for! I loved the Saxifraga too.


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