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.
29 Aug 2012
Solero & a new cold frame.
Solero is a new auricula I obtained from Germany
and I’m testing it to see how it does in Sweden. It has bloomed twice this
year, but needs a good exposure to the sun to achieve its full colours. I will
see how it does in the winter.
New cold frame
I‘ve been constructing new cold frames to accommodate
the new auricula divisions I have made this year. I have 10 cold frames now, each one
holds approx. 300 plants, I use these to overwinter my new auricula divisions in. I
first use weed suppressor and then on top of that a layer of gravel, the potted auricula
divisions are then placed on the gravel. It’s important to keep the plants well
drained and dry in the winter.