Corydalis Things

Blimey! Possibly even Gadzooks! for the Tintin aficionados amongst you. Spring has pounced upon the dozily slumbering garden with the glee of a toddler jumping on their hungover parents’ bed. It seems to have come round earlier than usual this year but after perusing photos of previous years I’m not sure this is the case. It’s certainly milder and it’s been pretty wet too, perhaps lending a bit of extra vigour to those plants which choose to make their appearance so early in the spring. Regardless of the reliability of reminiscence, the facts of the matter are that there are many Corydalis currently doing their thing. Here’s a round up of some highlights and favourites.

Firstly, from the greenhouse:

Corydalis ledebouriana on the left and C. verticillaris on the right, now finished for the year. These photos were taken right at the start of March. The greenhouse dwelling Corydalis are now all being left to dry out. I’ve had a few problems with a bit of rot appearing on some of these, particularly C. popovii so hopefully they’ll see it off and come through again next Spring without too much trouble.

Out in the garden there are Corydalis solida and malkensis all over the place.

I’ve decided to let them do whatever they like. Previously I’ve kept a close eye on all the various species and cultivars; weeding out stray seedlings, trying to maintain the purity of each cultivar, etc. etc. This was partly as a necessity – as I was selling them, I needed to be sure of what I was sending out. It was also to try and get to grips with the genus as a whole – making sense of the different species and how they were related. I suspect it was also an attempt to impose control on my little corner of the world – something I have no real desire to maintain. The approach I’ve favoured over the past couple of years is to try and create as great a variety of habitats as I can in the garden and let the plants roam freely around. Sights such as this are really what I’m after:

Corydalis seedlings

This will eventually grow into a nice drift of what I assume is Corydalis paczoskii (judging by their proximity to said plant).

Along the way, some rather lovely Corydalis solida varieties have started to pop up. I particularly like the bi-coloured dividuals.

Some of the early Corydalis have already finished flowering and are going to seed. Others are only just starting to appear. On top of all of this, a few of the Dicentras are starting to flower too. I’ll need to be a bit more sprightly in my blogging if I even attempt to keep abreast of all the goings on!

That’s it for now, enjoy the Easter weekend and thanks for popping by.

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