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Lyndale Blog - September 2017

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September & Spring

Officially spring starts on the first day of September, but as we plant producers know, that does not mean the weather is suddenly sunny and warm with light fluffy clouds gently floating around.

The reality is most often the direct opposite of the above, strong winds, southerly storms and snow dumps with the only fluffy thing being the lambs which seem to so often time their entry into the world conjunct with a raging storm.

A far cry from the delightful weather we enjoyed while visiting friends Robert and Jeanette Bett in Santa Barbara, California.

The cloudless days, which are the norm possibly, get boring with time but I am yet to find someone to confirm that notion.

Robert had a pretty full and exciting programme planned for the few days we stayed in Santa Barbara. However, the visit that stays at the top of a stack of excellent memories is the Sunday visit to Lotusland.

The garden at Lotusland is the creative fantasy of a larger than life figure, Madame Ganna Walska, who bequeathed the garden property to the public.

Sharing the access road with some pretty well known neighbours (think Oprah Winfrey to name one neighbour), there are some stipulations that the garden needs to adhere to, such as, the number of vehicle trips into the garden and it being closed on Sundays.

Robert had organised a guided tour led by Lotusland Curator of Living Collections, Paul Mills, on Sunday which ensured we saw the true extent of the garden and its fantastic collections with the full history thrown in.

The most dramatic collection in Lotusland would have to be the Dunlap Cactus Collection.

This bequeathed collection embodies the collaborative genius of a devoted collector, a visionary designer, numerous botanical experts and generous and imaginative donors all coming together to create an iconic garden that could only exist at Ganna Walska's Lotusland.

Cactus are not everybody's cup of tea, but this collection developed over 37 years by Merritt Dunlap does take your breath away when you see it.

Merritt's first plant was obtained in 1929 (a Echinopsis spachiana which is still in the collection) with his last in 1999.

Do not underestimate the size and scope of spikes and prickles in this collection, then think about what was involved in lifting the collection (which was mainly growing in the ground) and moving it to its new home in Lotusland.

A specialist plant mover, Mark Holland, was contracted to move the 30 largest specimens. Mark noted that the project was "the most technically and logistically challenging of any project undertaken in 35 years".


Jeanette & Robert Bett

Madame Ganna Walska

Malcolm with Ganna Walska

Tour Guide Paul Mills

Exploring Lotusland

Meanwhile Back on the Ranch

That might be a bit of Californian carryover... Back at Lyndale, and included in this month's Available List is a new plant that we saw in Australia last year looking absolutely stunning.

Many of you will be aware of Limonium perezii, a blue/mauve flowering native of the Canary Islands, a dry loving plant able to grow in extremely adverse dry coastal conditions with a very long flowering period. Well, we have a new white one.

Its flowers are also known as statice, but I need to comment that I cannot think of another plant that has more common names.

Limonium perezii is also referred to as sea lavender, statice lavender, seafoam statice, and marsh rosemary.

Of course there is no family connection between Lavender and Limonium or indeed Lavender and Rosemary, but then facts have never got in the way of a good name or story!

Back to Limonium, and this one has strikingly white flowers, unusual in itself.

It also is a seriously dry loving plant, a lot like an Aloe or Agave, except it has an exceptionally long flowering period. From spring through summer and into winter.

What more could you want?

It also keeps well on a retail shelf and if no one waters it, it just gets better.

We have not sold these in NZ yet; this is it a first release. Enjoy.

Kind regards
Malcolm and the Lyndale Team


Topiary at Lotusland

Limonium perezii 'White'

Limonium perezii 'White'

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