Dicentras in Ray Wood
Here are the two photos I took this morning. They are not very good but you might be able to identify the species/variety.
Thanks for the pictures; what a huge clump, perhaps forty foot across!
As you know it would have been planted by famous Yorkshire plantsman Jim Russell at Castle Howard, perhaps fifty years ago. What great work he did in experimenting with the establishment of understory in woodland gardens and arboreta. And he used herbicides - a man close to my heart - but it was in the days before glyphosate!
I wish I had met him, I know his time overlapped with my own in York but in those days I was too shy to make myself known to such a great gardener.
I am intrigued that the clump has retained its colour integrity. Normally self seeding of dicentra leads to an unholy mixture! Perhaps Jim had access to an American native woodland clone? It is of course Dicentra formosa, the fat flowers give that away!
I think I should put in a promotion for Ray Wood on my blog! Readers should put it at the top of their list when they visit Castle Howard. (Don’t talk to me about the house, the home of Brideshead Revisited, give me the wood!)
Perhaps I should mention the wonderful self financed Yorkshire Arboretum on the adjacent site. Brenda’s sister Angela walks her dog there! I am looking forward to next months lecture when the zany mycologist is going to walk us round examining the tree fungi. I am told he gets quite excited. Yorkshire readers should come to their monthly lectures - open to anyone for three quid. As the word gets round they are becoming very popular! Readers can get details on their website
I wonder if Castle Howard could spare a small piece of dicentra?