Previously I lived in Sweden for nearly 20 years and my quest there was to hybridize auriculas to produce ever better plants suitable for the harsh Swedish climate. Whilst living there I also created and run Sweden’s Auricula Club. I've now returned to England to continue growing auriculas together with my daughter-in-law, Iris. Iris is also an enthusiastic & skilful Iris grower; many of her wonderful Irises can be seen on this blog.
25 Mar 2012
‘Lord Saye en Sele’
Lord Saye en Sele 25 March 2012
Lord Saye en Sele, a stripe, is blooming today. The blooms are rather faint at first but darken after a few days and the stripes become more visible.
Listed at No. 51 in the Kilruddery Collection of Irish Auriculas dated 1731-1736 a Lord Say & Seal is mentioned, but there appears to be no connection to todays plant. Also on the list at No.38 is ‘King of Sweden’, but there is no record of how this Auricula looked. Many of these old plants have disappeared over the years.