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  1. Alistair I don’t think I have ever seen this plant here. I find them almost succulent with the leaves and exotic flowers…very interesting. I have candelabra primroses in my bog garden that has similar conditions. Wet in winter and spring and dry in summer and part of fall.

  2. Hello Alistair, I should make an area of the garden dedicated to small and delicate plants like these wonderful border auriculas. I have a bad habit of tier-planting larger and larger plants with these smaller plants so that are eventually shaded, out-competed and forgotten.

  3. Hi Alistair, when I was a child I remember that nearly every garden had Auriculas, all more or less the same colour a blueish/purple with a yellow eye, I think maybe they had spread through the locality by being passed on from one garden to another as at the time they were regarded as quite exotic. They were definitely as tough as old boots and grew in some quite dry spots, adjacent to privet hedges for example. I am a big primula fan but Auriculas and the smaller primula cultivars don’t do it for me, perhaps I regard them as being somehow artificial although as your pictures show they are beautiful plants in their own right.

  4. I get that sort of effect from my solitary Plectranthus.
    Yours do the theatre thing with beautiful glazed pots!
    The winter wet and summer dry would suit arum lilies – but you might run a risk of them being invasive?

  5. Auriculas are one type of plants I haven’t delved into yet, but with more garden space I might find a suitable corner for this too, who knows – there are so many plants I would love to grow! They would need to spend life outdoor all year round though, but here in my new garden I would possibly be able to put them in a shady position during their dormancy where they would keep dry. I will look into this for next year. Oh, and I loved the staging area, even though it is BIG. Not for me though, I would need to move to an even bigger garden 🙂

  6. I honestly think they look even better growing in a display of pots. They seem such formal plants to me, so the pots really fit for some reason. With not wanting to be waterlogged, they definitely wouldn’t make it planted in my clayish garden either! Love the link for the vegetable growing infographic – awesome guide!

  7. When I checked out the “theatre, extreme example,” i immediately said, “Oh, no!” Definitely not for me, but the flowers are quite beautiful. I think it might be fun to see a theatre full of auriculas, but how could one appreciate the beauty of the individual flowers in such an extreme setting?

  8. Bearutiful blooms Alistair, but not familiar to me at all. You are so good to share what you have learned about succeeding with them.

    I loved your comment that one can fully enjoy a plant variety without knowing its name. Sometimes, as queen of my garden, I give plants new names. I have two identical peach trees and I named them each Sophie. Sophie and Sophie. Another level of garden enjoyment. Well for some of us…

    • Sophie is good Linnie, Oh god, did I really say (one) as in the (Royal one) Always had ideas above my station. Well, one does have to have standards, I am after all a Scottish Laird of a castle, my daughter bought me a share of the land 1 square foot for £20

  9. Well maybe YOU didn’t say ‘one’ but I did. Clearly I need some Scottish clarification here. I understood the “royal We” as the monarch speaking for the monarch and God. But, the royal “one’? And I do think of you as a castle lord and maybe Garden Emperor too Alistair so I feel certain that you could do a lot with a square foot of land. Or is it under something, like say a sidewalk? (You may detect my cluelessness about most every aspect of this discussion, but I am trying.)

    • Before the Queen got down and dirty like the rest of us she would say, when referring to herself — For instance, instead of saying (I have burned the sausages on the barbecue) she would say, (One has burned the sausages on the barbecue)
      Linnie, I am a Laird of this castle, I have to be more thorough with my deeds to find more details.
      http://scottishlaird.com/?page_id=26

      • Now that pronoun ‘one’ could be handy, especially when I make those rare mistakes, like with sausages… Wow Alistair I went to the Scottish Laird site. That castle (of yours) is an amazing structure–a magical looking building in a perfect setting.. (And I thought MY house was a big restoration project.) It is appropriate that you have a title from it and also that square foot of ground. You might pasture a very small sheep there, I am thinking, or a bunny.

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