Monday, May 27, 2013

Sinful Syneilesis

Year after year I continue to be impressed by this genus of woodland perennial. Not that we have lots of them, we only have two in the garden but they reliably come back in the spring (as you'd expect from a hardy perennial) and they get bigger and better each year.

We've referred to this plant as 'Cousin It' before on a previous blog post but once it has fully leafed it has no resemblance to this nickname whatsoever.

Sinfully lovely and leafy Syneilesis...

Syneilesis palmata
Syneilesis aconitifolia
Of the two which one is your favourite? Or do you equally like them both (or perhaps not at all)?

Cultural requirements? Dappled shade to shade, in a moisture retentive spot that doesn't get waterlogged either. 

Anyway, as an aside I just realised neither of us have posted anything about our garden for three weeks now, yikes!! The last post we made about our own garden was the one on the fourth of May, oops!

It's been such a hectic, incredibly busy, but fantastic past three weeks I must say. With the Cornwall trip and spending a few days covering the recently concluded Chelsea Flower Show, both events within close range between each other too (plus our own garden to sort out), there's so much material to write about. And although we have written some coverage already about both topics, there is still a backlog of subjects about them that I'd prefer to feature as separate posts. No doubt they will get featured eventually, gradually and interspersed between other subjects, no longer chronological but it will still happen...

But I thought it would be nice to bring it back again to the very root of this blog which is about our garden, even if it's just a short one (for now anyway).

Mark :-)

17 comments :

  1. Mmmm... I really cannot decide which I would prefer. What kind of flowers do these produce? Presumably nothing as decorative as the leaves.

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    1. Definitely more of a foliage plant CG :) The flowers are non descript but the foliage is gorgeous!

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  2. I love them both, and they are both so different than mine.

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    1. Same here Loree, they're both nice :)

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  3. What a great success, they look wonderful. I've had Syneilesis palmata in the ground a few years but it really needs moving to a position with a little bit more moisture than it currently gets where it is now.

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    1. Indeed they are Paul :) They thrive really well in shady and moist spot, and you get bigger leaves each year too.

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  4. Love them both. Didn't know them before your blog, so thanks for sharing. I learn something new every time I read your posts.

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    1. Hi Karen, glad to introduce you to a new species :)

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  5. I like them both. I love foliage plants anyway and these are so different. I like the serrated leaves of the one, yet love the weeping of the other. Good choices.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Thanks Cher, pleased to know you like these.

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  6. I like the first one (the first picture) but it could be due to photography. The baby plant does not have any resemblance to the adult. You know the leaves, though big, but looks like marijuana, I think because I saw their leaves also look like this but short.

    Waiting to hear about your pond and fish :-)...

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    1. Hi KL, i see what you mean, although the size of them are much larger.

      The fish are in their new home.. a post in detail will follow in due course :)

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  7. Love them both, but MUST HAVE the second one.

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    1. Hi Ricki, they are both lovely, I wouldn't want to select just one.

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  8. Love and have them both but they seem to get crowded out by some aggressive spring bulb foliage and eaten by slugs. Must pull out more of those bulbs and make a better home for them!

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    1. Do thin out the bulbs, these looks so much better Peter :))

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  9. The top one for me. The bottom one has a spidery look!

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