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GROUP COLLECTIONS

Molinia

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Molinia

Holder: Mr Tim Fuller

 

Molinia (moor grass) is a genus of two species of herbaceous perennial grasses in the family Poaceae, native to damp moorland in Europe and north and south-west Asia, of which there are many cultivars. The genus is named after Juan Ignacio Molina, a 19th century Chilean naturalist.

The collection contains 30 different taxa (species and cultivars) situated in a display garden at the nursery. Molinia fall into two groups in the garden - the tall varieties (M.caerulea ssp.arundinacea) which grow to around 2 metres and the shorter ones (M.caerulea ssp. caerulea) which grow to about 1 metre. All are happy in most soils preferring those that are moist, in some sun, to emulate conditions in the wild. They will grow in part shade, but beware that they will tend to arch more or even flop. They are very adaptable and generally drought tolerant as they are quite deep rooted when established (in dry summers they just grow a little shorter). They grow in neutral to acid soils, but M. caerulea ssp.arundinacea is more tolerant of higher pH levels.

They all make clumps of grassy green foliage from their woody bases in spring and produce slender but strong stems during early-mid summer bearing the flowers from June. Many of the flowers start deep green, often tinted purple hence the common name of ‘Purple Moor Grass’, and fade to lovely straw tones in autumn. Also in the autumn excellent foliage and stem colour is seen, ranging from pale yellow to deep orange.

There are currently three variegated forms of M.caerulea ssp. caerulea which tend to be smaller than the green parents. There are no variegated forms of M.caerulea ssp.arundinacea known at present, although if you know of one please let the collection holder know.

Opening Times: 9.30am - 5.00pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March to end of October. Entry free.

The Plantsman's Preference

Church Road

South Lopham

Diss

Norfolk

IP22 2LW

Telephone: 07799 855559

E-mail: tim@plantpref.co.uk

Web site: www.plantpref.co.uk

Directions: Driveway just outside 30mph limit on north edge of the village.

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IrIS

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Iris - Tall Bearded raised by Bryan Dodsworth

Holder: Mr Simon Dodsworth

 

The collection, approved in 2015, was raised by Bryan Dodsworth in his garden at The Old Rectory, East Bridgford, in Nottinghamshire. There are 38 varieties kept in an enclosed kitchen garden in raised beds. Three beds are allocated to the Collection. There are also further plants taken from the original location in Nottinghamshire which will be added to the collection when they have been identified.

Opening Times: Mid May to Mid June (weather dependent) see English Iris Company web site for date

Marshgate House

Marshgate Lane

North Walsham

Norfolk

NR28 9EF

 

Telephone: 07789 670 299

 

E-mail: info@englishiriscompany.com

 

Web site: www.englishiriscompany.com

 

Directions: SATNAV NR28 9EF

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