|The genuine Dutchman’s Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria flowered in early April|
Last week a photographer came to take pictures of my National Dicentra Collection for a glossy magazine. They will be published at dicentra time next year.
Unfortunately different dicentras flower at different times and professional photographer Neil had only one visit. At least he was lucky in that several cultivars of the most popular species of Dicentra formosa were in their prime. Even so, the various varieties of this Dicentra formosa mature in a staggered sequence.
Neil had his work cut out as conditions for photography were poor. The sun shone brightly and the wind was strong!
|Neil does not know I sneaked a picture of him at work|
My advantage is that I am there all the time! To wet your appetite I am taking the liberty to post some of my new pictures taken this year. Where I know what they are I have given their name! I keep nice seedling variations of Dicentra formosa and some remain anonymous!
|They sometimes have to fight it out|
|One of the golden forms. To me it looks like permanent chlorosis|
|'Adrian Bloom’ one of the best reds|
|Some call it ‘Pearl Drops’ some call it ‘Langtrees’. It has an excellent constitution and has a long season|
|This was given to me with no name by famous Yorkshire gardener Nancy Boydell and that’s what I call it.|
|Neil came when Dicentra peregrina was in its prime|
|Another strange mixture|
|'Stuart Boothman' has very nice foliage|
|My personal favourite. I brazenly call my own seedling ‘Roger’s Pink’ although salmon sometimes seems more appropriate|
|I pulled this seedling out of a mixed up clump last month|
|Now where did I take this picture – I might then know its name|
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