Sunday, 6 April 2014

A is for Auriculas

With greenish-yellow blooms ‘Forest Sunlight’ is a Double Auricula, and one of a series in a wide range of colours, developed by grower Richard Austin. Double auriculas were popular in the 1600s, but fell from fashion, to be revived in the last 50 or so years. They are among the more easily grown auriculas and can be planted in a sheltered spot outside or grown the traditional way in clay pots.

 Another Show Auricula, beautiful ‘Sharon Louise’ is a ‘Self’, bred by grower Ken Bowser in 1991. It is said to be a particularly fine, late flowering selection that can be slow to bulk up. Selfs have a white paste centre to their flowers, and plain body (petal) colour. The paste centres are farina-covered and so easily damaged by rain and must be kept under cover while in flower.

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