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.
7 Mar 2012
Osbourne Green is a border variety that is said to be over 200 years old. It’s a very hardy border that is easy to grow in most situations, ideal for growing in the border or in pots.
Four Osbourne Green plants in one of my Auricula borders, picture taken on 6 March 2012. Minus 7°C, they are frozen just now but will soon be in full growth in the spring.
The two plants below are crosses that I have made using Osbourne Green as the mother plant, transferring pollen from other plants stamens to Osbourne Greens stigma.