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Crambe Maritima and Cordifolia — 27 Comments

  1. The fence and the bench look great! Love them. As for Crambe c., it’s a wonderful plant, and I’ve been waiting for 2 or 3 years for my plant to bloom. It haven’t grown much although, and now I am wondering if its location is wrong. It has only dappled sun. I need to find its label. Maybe I made a mistake… Thanks for this post!

  2. We have three crambe cordifolia in our garden. People always admire them. I took root cuttings from this year. I believe Derek Jarman grew a lot of crambe maritima in his garden in Dungeness in Kent

  3. I do like Crambe, with its light airy flowers and size it gets in the summer.

    Great job on your fences and bench btw! I think they’re the real highlight of your current blog post 🙂

  4. Oh, even your clothes drying area is bijou perfection! Mine is definitely still in the before, needs work stage. He has done the shade trellis over the compost bins, and planted a hedge of spekboom. Now I need to tidy up the tired perennials and strings of unwanted kikuyu.

    • Diana, some of my pictures often look better than the real thing. Planting a hedge of spekboom, now that’s hard work. ‘Spekboom’ is the Afrikaans word for a succulent tree found predominantly in the Eastern Cape. (See I did my research)

      • But that’s why these virtual garden tours are fun for both of us – this hostess doesn’t have to say, no DON’T look that way, and your guest sees only bijou perfection. Actually, planting the spekboom was fairly easy. Being a succulent you chop it up into strategic pieces, and poke them in!

  5. Alistair – I agree with M&G, the bench and fences steal the show.
    Maybe you should take a break from giving us advice about plants and share some tips on marriage …

  6. I love both the white tiny flowers..I have a thing for them white flowers! Your fences are so wonderful looking so sturdy for years to come. I wouldnt mind sitting on that bench for hours reading or just enjoying the view of your beautiful garden and getting the delicious aroma of your wife’s cooking!

  7. sorry I was away a bit from my computer these last 2 days but I am back looking in at Aberdeen first and what a pleasant visit…the fences look fab and great colors too …and that bench is gorgeous..so welcoming…I nag I mean remind my husband often as well… 🙂

  8. I don’t mean to be argumentative. But I realize this contradicts you somewhat. I’ve had a single Crambe maritima in my garden since 2003. It has become larger & more attractive each year. The flowers have formed increasingly larger masses. The leaves have become bigger & more numerous. I really love this plant for the foliage, which is almost blue. I have it planted at the southern edge of the vegetable garden in full sun. It balances the rhubarb nicely & makes an interesting contrast to other crucifers. Perhaps it is the dryness of Seattle summers that helps it live a longer & more robust life. By the way, I’m glad to have been of help with Primula ‘Wanda’.

  9. Alistair I just did a search for Primula Julianna Wanda and the photos that came up look exactly like the one I have so thank you very much for the identification,

    tell the ‘boss’ hmm I mean Myra that she is lucky to have some one to do all this work about the garden ;o) Frances

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