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Crambe Maritima and Cordifolia — 27 Comments

  1. 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

  2. I don’t see it as argumentative Jordan, I guess the contradiction does have more to do with conditions. Your welcome comment adds so very much to my post.

  3. 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’.

  4. 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… 🙂

  5. Hi Alistair,
    I was not familiar with Sea-Kale at all and so have learned something new. I love the garden fence between your round and secret gardens. It may have been a tedious job, but the end result looks just great.

  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. 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!

  8. 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)

  9. 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 …

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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

  13. Thanks Carol, the pots usually get scattered about the garden later on placed in positions where hopefully they will look at their best.

  14. 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!

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