Scrabbling around the plants looking for a pewter leaved cyclamen corn to give to a friend this afternoon, the sun came out and a few of the shy beauties shone out.
Two leaves from the pewter coloured Cylamen probably heredifolium, with a marbled one for contrast, which I found when I was searching below the minutely flowered Fuchsia microphylla 'Silver Linings'. Through a few clicks I found that this plant was introduced by the Wynne-Jones from seed they collected on the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica at 2800m in 2004. they call it
I then found a link to their nursery: Crug Farm in North Wales......Again, I had not read the growing instructions, and it seems neither has it, since it is flourishing in the new garden in full sun.
Just close by, sheltered by the stone wall the Salvia Corrugata is putting on a good show.
Its strange how descriptions of a shrub or plant and its tolerances to weather conditions can vary. British sites say tender, the Australian site to which I linked Salvia Corrugata above gives a very good description. My shrub spent the winter well outside in its sheltered spot but it is late to flower.
The final element in the arrangement is a twig of Lophomyrtus ralphii Little Star. This is very slow growing where it is and again there is confusion about where it is best to plant it. At present it is in a sheltered mostly shaded position where it shines out with its evergreen cream and pink margined leaves. If anyone has experience of growing this shrub, it would be interesting to have your views as to its performance.