Saturday, December 29, 2012

FANCIES

Ray's Fancy MIMMI

Fancies are auriculas which do not conform to the standards set down for the other classes or groups. They are normally edges which do not fit into the desired requirements to be described as a classical Green, Grey or White Edge. They are very varied in colour and form; with multi-coloured petals and often with a light covering of farina on both petals and leaves.
They are normally grown in pots, but some do very well when grown in the garden border. I have Minley, Tosca, Blue Chip, Idmiston, Green Shank, Green Isle, plus a few others growing in my auricula borders.(see growing Auriculas in borders)
Green Shank

Blue Chip

Those that have little or no farina on their leaves or petals are best suited to grow in borders as they are not so spoiled by the rain.
I think that fancies are underrated, there are many unusual and beautiful fancies available.
Coffee

Frosty

Green Isle

Greta

Green Pastures
Ray's fancy JOHAN

Ray's Fancy VIKTOR
Minley

Starwars

Trafalger Square

Hinton Fields
This is a selection of the fancies in my collection, more can be seen on www.raysperennials.se
Next week I will be writing about Self auriculas.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

EDGES: Green Edge, Grey Edge & White Edges

Ray's green edge MARIA
The Edges were first mentioned around 1740 when a mutation was found, the petals had became leaves. The petals on Edges are thick and stiff, just the same as the leaf material.
Serenity
They come in Green Edged, Grey Edged and White Edged. The description of Grey, Grey/White and White Edges seems somewhat blurred, the description varies depending on which source you read and appears open to different interpretations.
Maggie
All Edges require some cover when growing them outside, to protect the meal/farina from being spoilt by the rain.
Jorvic
Most Edges which I have obtained from England have not done well here in Sweden. They simply were not hardy enough to survive in very tough and cold conditions.
I.e. Cornmeal & Dovedale (Grey & Grey/White Edges) have both struggled through a few winters here but have never done really well.
 But some of the English Edges which do well here are Serenity (Green Edge), Jorvic (Grey Edge), Brookfield (White Edge-sometimes listed under Grey/White Edge) and Maggie (White Edge-sometimes listed under Grey/White Edge).
From these, the Edges which have coped with the Swedish winters, I have crossed & raised some new cultivars/varieties that do better in Sweden. It has taken me several years to raise these new hardy edged auriculas.
Ray's Grey edge MATILDA

Ray's grey edge BENGT

Rays Grey edge LENA

Ray's White edga MAJ

Next week I will be writing about Fancy auriculas.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Double Auriculas.

Ray's double EMMA
Double auriculas are where there is a doubling of the flower petals. This can vary from very tight compact petals such as Baltic Amber or more open petals such as Mary. The petals can be one coloured or shaded. There are many colour variations available and many are highly scented.
Baltic Amber
Mary
I tend to give my doubles a little more feed in the spring, as I have found that this helps them to develop their double pips (blooms) better. See ‘Watering & feeding my Auriculas in Sweden’.
Ray's double BIRGITTA

Ray's double INGA-LILL

Ray's double KRISTINA

Ray's double JOHANNA
More doubles can be seen on Ray's Perennials

Next week I will be writing about The Edges, Green, Grey & White edge auriculas.