Taking advantage of the good weather I have been working hard to ‘dismember’ one part of the rock garden (I’ll talk about it later). Bought some big containers to do some sort of a crevice planting – in went the already existing plants, and why not stuff in a few of the last year’s seedlings I thought?
Funny what comes out of pots sometimes – these are one year seedlings of Incarvillea delavayi ‘Alba’ and of another seed accession called ‘Snowtop” (probably the same thing). Little snowmen just about to start walking on the snow…(which slowly recedes revealing the thyme carpet underneath).
Incarvillea – a genus with about 20 species in Central Asia and the Himalaya. Common names: hardy gloxinia and Chinese trumpet flowers (fam. Bignoniaceae). Incarvillea delavayi one of the most familiar in culture has very handsome, big trumpet shaped flowers, usually pink with yellow throats. The two cultivars mentioned above – one year seedlings, have white flowers. For a full sun or part-shade location in good drainage soil – in the wild they grow in rocky, stony habitats, rocky mountain slopes.
This Incarvillea compacta from Wrightman Alpines would have been more appropriate for my rockery – there is always next year…