Viburnum ‘Pragense’ is a hybrid between V. rhytidophyllum and V. utile. According to the member who brought it, it is one of the best of all viburnums, is evergreen, drought-tolerant and hardy.
Akebia quinata is a vigorous climber and we had the form with clusters of chocolate-scented, creamy-white flowers with purple centres. A lovely plant that I had certainly never seen before.
Another hybrid, C. x dewitteana ‘White Dazzler’, is smaller, at just over a metre, and has even more finely divided leaves. There is also a gold-leaved form of C. ternata and several other newer cultivars.
There were also three dicentras on show: Dicentra formosa ‘Langtrees, which has glaucous foliage and white flowers; D.f. ‘Furse’s form’, also with glaucous foliage but pink flowers; and another anonymous cultivar with pink flowers and pale green foliage. We don’t see or read much about dicentras; I wonder why.
Corydalis is another member, along with Dicentra, of the family Papaveraceae. Corydalis ochroleuca is a lovely self seeder, which puts itself in all the right places and is easily removed from where it’s not wanted. It’s about 25cm high with light green, ferny leaves and white flowers with a yellow throat.
We had Thermopsis villosa on the display with the delightful common name, Carolina lupin, because it’s native to North Carolina and Georgia, in the USA.
Thank you to everyone who made our Amazing April meeting possible: those who carried out all the preparations; members who brought plants for sale and for the display and seedlings for the Seedling Swap; people who prepared the tea and helped with the washing up; and, last but not least, everyone who came to enjoy the meeting and had a jolly good time.